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 labelled as certified pre-owned while others are not. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? There are several differences that help Troy drivers determine which one they want. The team from Ford of Latham will break down what each type means and highlight main contrasting points in our CPO vs. used cars guide below! 

What is a Used Car?

Used cars have been driven by at least one previous owner, and you can find a great selection that varies by make, model, mileage, age, etc. Due to the variety, used cars are priced lower than a brand new car of the same model. There are some models that are under $15K, which is a steal for wallet-conscious drivers in the Albany area!

What is a Certified Pre-Owned Ford Car? 

If you’ve ever browsed a used selection, you have probably seen certified pre-owned vehicles (CPO). In broad terms, 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 as well as CPO models of other makes in our used selection. That’s the Ford Blue Advantage that you can’t get in 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 that are within 6 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 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 they 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 first maintenance visit

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

Now you know the main answer to, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” CPO vehicles meet more requirements than regular used vehicles, so you might want to know how this will affect your shopping decision. Here are selling points when it comes to certified pre-owned vs. used: 

CPO vs. Used: Price

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

CPO vs. Used: Variety

Some drivers love shopping a used selection as they don’t have a make in mind that they want. You will find plenty of variation in the used cars for sale at Ford of Latham, including our CPO inventory! This is uncommon for most dealerships of other makes, as they will only have CPO models from their make, which will limit the variety for car shoppers who want a CPO model specifically. However, we have CPO vehicles of several makes, so you can count on the variety at our Latham dealership! 

CPO vs. Used: Peace of Mind

Used and CPO cars are inspected thoroughly before they are put up for sale, but CPO models are put through more severe tests to ensure more peace of mind. Plus, you’re not paying a higher price for nothing– 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 a good mileage for a used car, and there’s no easy answer. However, if you do prefer a low-mileage car, you’ll most likely find more options in our CPO selection rather than our used selection since CPO models are from more recent model years. That is not to say that you can’t find a low-mileage car that isn’t 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

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

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