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

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What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? BMW Certified Pre-Owned isn’t just a fancy way of saying “used.” In order to earn the title of certified pre-owned, a BMW in Bedford has to meet certain requirements, pass a lot of inspections, and go through a restoration process, all so that you feel like you’re driving a brand-new BMW. Find out more about CPO vs. used, then check out our inventory and special CPO offers.

How to Shop For a Used Car

What is the main difference between CPO vs. used cars? Used cars can be any age or mileage, and should be priced accordingly. Comparison shop, and research the make, model, and year that you’re interested in. Find out if any recalls have been made for the vehicle, and invest in a vehicle history report such as CARFAX. This will tell you if the recalls have been completed, as well as how often the car received routine maintenance and if it was in any collisions. Well-maintained modern cars can last well over 200,000 miles.

CPO vs. Used

Anyone in Londonderry or Auburn can sell BMW used cars, but only a dealership like Tulley BMW of Manchester can sell a certified pre-owned. That’s because a BMW Certified Pre-Owned car undergoes a rigorous inspection and restoration process by BMW factory-trained technicians that used cars don’t.

  • Up-to-date maintenance history
  • Genuine BMW parts
  • Reviews of the CARFAX™ or AutoCheck® report
  • Mileage between 300 – 60,000 miles
  • Inspected for safety, performance and wear – If something is not right, it is fixed.
  • Comprehensive road test where BMW technicians verify BMW standards are met

When comparing CPO vs. used, you will notice that CPO vehicles are generally newer and have less miles on the odometer. Because of this, they are usually a bit more costly than a typical used car. However, the peace of mind provided by a CPO warranty is well worth the added cost.

BMW Certified Pre-Owned Warranty

A used car isn’t going to come with a warranty as extensive at the BMW Certified Pre-Owned warranty. Here’s what’s covered:

  • One year with unlimited vehicle miles, after the expiration of the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for a total of 5 years/ Unlimited vehicle miles
  • 5 years of BMW Roadside Assistance is included
  • The BMW Certified Protection Plan covers against defects in material and workmanship.

Let Tulley BMW of Manchester Find a BMW CPO for You!

Still wondering, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles?” Our team would be more than happy to answer any questions you have and help you compare CPO vs. used cars. Whether you check our online inventory of BMW Certified Pre-Owned vehicles or make a special request to find your dream BMW, Tulley BMW of Manchester is here to help you get a great deal on a pre-owned BMW.

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