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Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned: What’s the Difference?

Finding a luxury vehicle that fits your budget may seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Used vehicles and certified used vehicles make great options for drivers who like to live the high life for less. However, there are differences between used vs. certified pre-owned vehicles that are important to keep in mind when shopping for a new-to-you vehicle. To help you pick the best fit for your situation, Mercedes-Benz of Henderson breaks down the differences between used vs. CPO vehicles below. 

What Makes a Certified Used Vehicle?

CPO_MBUSATechnically, even certified used vehicles are considered used vehicles, as they have been owned and driven by someone else. Still, their inclusion in strict CPO programs means that certified used vehicles set themselves apart from the standard used vehicle. To be included in any CPO program, vehicles must first meet the standards of the manufacturer. Most often, these include: 

  • Taking part in an intensive multi-point inspection
  • Verifying a clear vehicle history report
  • Meeting low age and mileage requirements
  • Including standard warranty coverage
  • And more!

Used vs. CPO: What are the Benefits?

Based on the above, you might think CPO vehicles are the top choice. While certified used vehicles do offer enticing benefits, used vehicles also have their own perks that shouldn’t be overlooked. The benefits of used vs. certified pre-owned vehicles are: 

Used Vehicles

  • Cost less than certified used models
  • Can be mechanically sound, though you’ll want that confirmed by a mechanic
  • Usually include more room for price negotiations
  • Extended warranties are often available for purchase

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • CPO warranty is included
  • Have already passed a rigorous inspection
  • Can be newer with lower mileage
  • Newer model years mean you may have more recent features

Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned: Weighing Your Options

If your bottom line is your top priority, then you’ll likely appreciate the lower prices that come with used models. And, if you’re willing to put in a little extra leg work, you’ll be able to find reliable used models for a fair price. If you opt to purchase used, make sure you request service records, review vehicle history reports, and vet your purchase with a local mechanic. 

CPO programs offer shoppers the convenience and peace of mind that comes with having professionals vetting the vehicles for you, as well as backing up their vehicle with standard warranty coverage. If you have the extra money to spend, this can be well worth it for Bullhead City shoppers. Add in having a newer vehicle with the latest features, and a certified used vehicle could be an ideal match!

What’s the Mercedes-Benz CPO Program?

The Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Program extends the high standards of Mercedes-Benz to the certified used vehicles. As part of the exclusive program, you will enjoy added peace of mind due to the strict criteria Mercedes-Benz has outlined for all of its CPO vehicles:

  • Must be newer than six years old
  • Have less than 75,000 miles on the odometer
  • Pass a comprehensive 162-point inspection

What’s more, Mercedes-Benz of Henderson offers Platinum Certified vehicles that include Mercedes-Benz Service A* or Mercedes-Benz Service B* at the time of inspection. 

What’s Included in the Mercedes-Benz CPO Warranty?

With any certified used Mercedes-Benz purchase, you’ll enjoy any of the remaining portion of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty transferred to you. After that warranty comes to an end, the Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty kicks in for an extra 12-months of coverage with unlimited mileage. This warranty provides protection for your vehicle components as well as benefits like: 

  • 24/7 Personal Assistance
  • Nationwide Dealer Support
  • Trip Interruption Coverage 
  • Vehicle Exchange Privilege
  • And more!

Check Out Our Used vs. CPO Inventory at Mercedes-Benz of Henderson!

Now that you have a better understanding of the differences between used vs. CPO vehicles, it’s time to explore them for yourself at our dealership near Boulder City! Don’t miss our pre-owned vehicle specials for even better pricing on your next Mercedes-Benz!

*Oil and filter change is the base advertised service component. Additional services as determined by your vehicle’s ASSYST Plus system, which calculates service needs based on your driving habits, time, mileage and environmental conditions, may increase service cost.

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