Your Guide to Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used Cars

Pre-Owned Vehicles


When you’re shopping for pre-owned vehicles, you have most likely noticed there are some models labeled as certified pre-owned while others are not. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Several differences help Troy drivers determine which type of vehicle they want to enhance their commute and family vacations. At Ford of Latham, we’re breaking down what each type means and highlighting the main contrasting points in our CPO vs. used cars guide below! Explore your options and our current inventory, then contact us to arrange a test drive.

What is a Used Car?

Used cars have been driven by at least one previous owner. You can also find a great selection that varies by make, model, mileage, age, etc. Due to the wide variety, used cars are priced significantly lower than brand-new cars of the same model. Some high-quality models are priced under $15K, which is great for Albany shoppers and families on a tighter budget.

What is a Certified Pre-Owned Ford Car?

In broad terms, certified pre-owned (CPO) cars are models that match certain requirements from their respective original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and you will often see CPO models in a dealership that sells that particular make. However, as a Ford dealer, you will see certified pre-owned Ford vehicles and CPO models of other makes in our used selection. That’s the Ford Blue Advantage that you can’t get from a dealer of another make! See what it takes for a car to earn this label from Ford:

Gold Certified

Gold Certified models are Ford CPO vehicles within six model years and have less than 80,000 miles. They also pass a thorough 172-point inspection before they are certified. When you purchase a Gold Certified model, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Comprehensive Limited Warranty for 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • Powertrain Limited Warranty for 7 years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance
  • 22,000 FordPass™ Rewards Points for the first two maintenance visits

Blue Certified

Blue Certified models are CPO vehicles from any make and model within 10 model years. They have less than 120,000 miles and passed a detailed 139-point inspection. Benefits include:

  • Comprehensive Limited Warranty for 90 days or 4,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance
  • 11,000 FordPass™ Rewards Points for the first maintenance visit

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

After learning the difference between CPO and used vehicles, you may be wondering how this affects your shopping decision. Below are selling points when it comes to certified pre-owned vs. used:

CPO vs. Used: Price

While both used and CPO vehicles are more affordable than their new counterparts, CPO vehicles tend to cost more than used vehicles, because they are of a more recent model year and come with newer features along with other perks.

CPO vs. Used: Variety

Some drivers enjoy exploring the used selection when they don’t have a specific make in mind that they want. You’ll have a wide range of used cars to explore at Ford of Latham, including our CPO inventory!

This is uncommon for most dealerships of other makes, as they only have CPO models from their make, which limits the variety for car shoppers looking for a specific CPO model. Since we have CPO vehicles of several makes, you can count on the variety at our Latham dealership!

CPO vs. Used: Peace of Mind

Used and CPO cars are inspected thoroughly inspected for quality and safety before they’re available for sale. CPO models must pass more rigorous tests to become part of the CPO program, so you can rest assured that you’re in excellent hands when you’re behind the wheel of a certified pre-owned vehicle.

You’re not just paying a higher price for nothing either — you’ll also receive a warranty, roadside assistance coverage, and even reward points if you shop one of the CPO models from Ford of Latham.

CPO vs. Used: Mileage

Many drivers always ask us what is good mileage for a used car, and there’s no easy answer. With that said, if you prefer a low-mileage vehicle, you may find more options in our CPO selection rather than our used selection since CPO models are from more recent model years. that’s not to say that you can’t find a low-mileage car that’s not a CPO model. Plus, depending on what you are trying to get out of your new-to-you vehicle, your ideal mileage can vary significantly!

Shop for Your New-To-You Car at Ford of Latham Today!

After learning from our certified pre-owned vs. used cars guide, which type of car are you thinking of getting to enhance your Schenectady drives? Whether you want a regular used car or a CPO model from Ford or another make, Ford of Latham is the place to go! Our options are aplenty, and our team would be thrilled to help you find the right car. Reach out to us today!

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