What is the Difference Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned? for Sale in Chesterton, IN

November 8th, 2018 by

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Used car shopping in the Valparaiso area? You might find yourself comparing used vehicles to certified pre-owned vehicles. While both are technically considered “used”, there are notable differences in what they offer. Let’s take a closer look at what separates these two vehicle distinctions, so you know exactly what you want when you come into Castle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for your next truck, car, or SUV.

Used Car Buying: Tips and Facts

Used vehicles are offered in a variety of model years, mileage, and number of previous owners. With previous ownership and wear, these vehicles cost less than any new vehicle you’ll find. A used vehicle will also tend to cost less than a certified pre-owned vehicle. At Castle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we offer an inventory of used vehicles under $10,000. Unlike new vehicles, you won’t need to worry about depreciation.

On paper, it might seem like a vehicle with more than 100,000 miles on it is a risk not worth taking. The fact of the matter is, most vehicles can last well beyond the 100,000 mile threshold when properly cared for. However, always keep this tips in mind when shopping for a used vehicle in Valparaiso:

  • Inspect the inside and outside of the vehicle you want, thoroughly, before buying. Take it for a test drive to ensure optimal performance
  • After the test drive, be sure to talk about any problems with vehicle condition or performance. It is important to know the vehicle is safe to drive
  • Remember to ask or make sure your car or SUV has been properly cared for and serviced. Even with a high mileage count, these cars can last a very long time

Understanding Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

For a vehicle to become Certified, it must pass rigorous standards set forth by the brand. While each brand has their own program and stipulations, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM vehicles offer the following benefits from their CPO program:

  • Passing a 125-point inspection
  • Reconditioned with genuine Mopar® parts
  • No older than five model years
  • Extended warranty programs

These are just a few benefits you’ll receive from a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or RAM CPO vehicle. Although a vehicle from the CPO program may be more expensive than a used car, you’ll still save a bundle over a new vehicle. You can still benefit from up-to-date features, and even get model years within the last one or two years. Certified Pre-Owned vehicles offer you a great deal, and peace of mind.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Castle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Once you feel comfortable knowing the difference between CPO vs. used, you can start looking through the available used and CPO models at our Chesterton dealership. Contact us today to set up an appointment or to schedule a test drive! Want to learn more about how to save? Find out how trade-ins work at Castle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or discover how you can improve your credit score.

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