What Is the Difference Between Used & Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles?

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If you’re shopping for a vehicle in the Peachtree City area, you have probably come across both used and certified pre-owned cars, but what is the difference? Butler Lexus of South Atlanta is ready to break it down for you since there are major differences that will help you decide which is the right choice for you! Afterward, browse our inventory of used and certified pre-owned Lexus cars.

Buying a Used Car

Used cars have been driven prior and can be different when it comes to their make, model, year, mileage, and other characteristics. Many Fayetteville drivers consider buying new-to-you vehicles because they are cheaper than new vehicles. At Butler Lexus of South Atlanta, our used cars for sale can go as low as $5,000!

If it is your first time buying a used vehicle, you might be worried about the mileage. However, the mileage itself doesn’t tell you if the car would be a good buy or not. Believe it or not, one with 100,000 miles could still be a good buy if it has been well maintained! Take a look at some advice you need to remember when you are shopping for used cars:

  • While OEMs don’t require that standard used cars be inspected before sale, Butler Lexus of South Atlanta always check the vehicles before we put them in our lot!
  • If you are buying from a private seller, they might not be transparent with you, so you need to have the car inspected before agreeing to the sale.
  • Talk to the Union City dealership or private seller about any issues you noticed. This could help with negotiating the price and you should be aware of these issues before buying the car as it may set you back a bit.
  • High-mileage used vehicles could be a steal if they have been properly cared for. This is especially good for drivers on a tight budget!

Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Car

Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles also fall under the used vehicle category, so what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles exactly? CPO cars have been inspected in detail by our certified technicians and have passed all requirements from the OEM themselves. All Lexus CPO cars have passed these requirements:

  • An exhaustive series of examinations and rigorous standards to get the Lexus certification
  • 161-point inspection including engine, exterior, interior, electronics, safety devices, undercarriage, and a road test

When you buy a Lexus CPO vehicle, you will be enjoying the L/Certified benefits:

  • Unlimited-mileage vehicle warranty
  • Complimentary maintenance
  • Trip protection
  • Loaner car if your vehicle needs to be at a dealership for more than eight hours for warrantable repairs

If you are looking for more peace of mind and more latest features, you can count on CPO cars as they are usually newer models with less mileage. They do cost more than standard used cars, but still cost less than new vehicles.

Explore Pre-Owned Vehicles at Butler Lexus of South Atlanta Today

Browse our used vehicles for sale in our Union City dealership now! Butler Lexus of South Atlanta have many pre-owned vehicle specials to help you make your next Newnan purchase even more affordable. You can also make a Butler express purchase when you shop with us online!

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