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What is the Difference Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned?

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Buying pre-owned is becoming popular among a lot of folks around Houston. That’s because it can sometimes be smart to buy used instead of new, especially when you take into consideration vehicle depreciation and insurance costs. Fortunately for those customers, we have a number of reliable used and certified pre-owned vehicles for sale on our lot right now. But what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned (CPO) cars? We want our customers to make informed decisions, so we’ve put together a detailed CPO vs used comparison below.



CPO vs. Used

So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned automobiles? A lot of our Bellaire customers have asked the same question. There are multiple differences, actually. “Used” just means that a car is not new, in that it has already been owned by someone else. In other words, while all certified pre-owned cars are used, not all used cars are certified pre-owned (CPO). “Certified pre-owned”, on the other hand, usually means the car comes with a warranty or warranties and has undergone some sort of rigid, official inspection. While CPO vehicles cost a little more than other used cars, they also come with more coverage. You’ll want to keep that in mind when deciding between CPO vs. used. Here are the inspections and standards used Nissans must meet/pass in order to become a Certified Pre-Owned Nissan vehicle:

  • Within six years of the current model year.
  • Have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer.
  • Must have a clean, non-branded title.
  • Must pass a 167-point inspection by our Nissan Certified technicians. 

The Benefits of the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Program

Many of our Houston have learned that you can’t go wrong buying a certified pre-owned Nissan vehicle. Nissan demonstrates their confidence in these automobiles by backing them up in several ways. Here are some benefits of buying certified pre-owned from Nissan:

  • 24-Hour emergency roadside assistance (7 years/100,000 miles)
  • Towing
  • Car rental reimbursement
  • Trip interruption coverage
  • Ownership transferability
  • 7 years/100,000 mile limited coverage warranty
  • Optional Security+Plus® Extended Protection Plan
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription
  • CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™
  • Every CPO vehicle has passed a strict 167-point inspection
  • Every CPO vehicle must be less than six years old and have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer 

Check Out the Used and CPO Vehicles at Central Houston Nissan

Now that you know what the difference is between used and certified pre-owned vehicles, come check out the reliable used and CPO automobiles on our lot. We make it easy for you to get behind the wheel of your next vehicle. You can even apply for financing online. Our dealership is conveniently located near Pearland, but you can also browse our entire inventory from the comfort of your own home! So, contact us today!

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