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


Savvy shoppers know that you can get quite a deal on a quality car if you search through the used inventory in the Barrington area. But, used cars aren’t the only option on the lot! If you’ve seen “CPO” in the vehicle description list, you might be wondering: “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars?” Take a look at our used vs. CPO guide below to see which option suits your needs and budget.

Used Cars

While the new inventory has its fans, used cars are hard to beat when it comes to value. That’s because used cars aren’t subject to the huge depreciation drop off of a brand new car. We even have an inventory of used cars under $30K.

That translates to serious savings. Plus, fees like sales tax and insurance are based off the price of your vehicle, so you can also save more with lower taxes and lower insurance premiums.

While some buyers have reservations about buying a used vehicle, our used cars come with vehicle history reports and are thoroughly inspected before being put up for sale to give you total peace of mind in Mount Prospect.

Certified Pre-Owned Cars

What is a certified pre-owned vehicle? A CPO vehicle is a slightly used model that meets strict criteria to guarantee its quality.

That means every vehicle must undergo an intensive screening process, including multi-point inspections and road tests. Only the vehicles that live up to the manufacturer requirements become officially certified.

This is a great option for those who want more of the benefits of a new vehicle but at a used car price. Not only is each CPO Alfa Romeo thoroughly inspected, but models also come with warranty plans and other perks. Generally speaking, these models also have lower mileage than the average used model.

Find Your Next Car at Zeigler Alfa Romeo of Schaumburg

Now that you know what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars, why not see the difference up close? The experts at Zeigler Alfa Romeo of Schaumburg can show you examples of both categories within our extensive inventory, and we’ll get the keys in your hand for a test drive! Contact us today to set up your appointment in a used car or a pre-owned SUV.


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