What's the Difference Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned?

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Starting a used-car search? If “used Toyotas near me” is your query, Toyota South has a wide inventory of quality used vehicles to fit any budget. Your first decision will be between certified pre-owned and used – but what’s the difference? Certified pre-owned vehicles have passed a rigorous vehicle inspection, are in like-new condition, and come with perks such as a used car warranty. Used cars are more affordable, priced based on their condition, and given a more basic mechanical inspection.

What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned when it comes to your driving needs in Frankfort? In the guide below, we look at the benefits of CPO vs. used to help you decide on the best choice for you.

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

When you browse our inventory of certified pre-owned cars in Lexington, KY, you can be certain that each one meets the following criteria:

  • No more than six years old
  • Less than 85,000 miles on the odometer
  • Has undergone a thorough 160-point quality assurance inspection

What are the Toyota Certified Pre-Owned benefits when you dive into the details? Every Toyota Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with:

  • 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty
  • 7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • 1 year of Roadside Assistance
  • Free CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™
  • Standard New-Car Financing

Buying a Used Toyota Vehicle

When it comes to finding the best value, the difference between CPO vs. used cars is less clear-cut. A car doesn’t need to be in like-new condition to provide phenomenal value! Drivers searching for more affordable used cars in Lexington, KY can rest assured that every used car in the Toyota South inventory is drivable and clean. Toyota vehicles consistently rank near the top of reliability ratings from the likes of Kelly Blue Book and J.D. Power.

When you’re buying quality like that, getting the best value for your money doesn’t always mean choosing the used car with the lowest mileage. Other metrics may provide a better sense of future reliability:

  • Previous owner’s driving habits. Whether the car was driven primarily in congested Frankfort traffic, or smooth Lexington-area highways can impact the transmission.
  • Timely routine maintenance. A car with a perfect record of routine maintenance services will likely be more reliable into the future than a low-mileage vehicle – especially if the low-mileage car went too long between oil changes.

Find a Quality Used Toyota Vehicle in Richmond 

So what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Now you know that the answer depends on what you’re looking for with your next vehicle. For drivers who want all the most advanced features at a discounted price, CPO vehicles are a perfect option. Looking for a used car under 10k for short drives around Lexington? A quality used car will give you what you need. Get in touch with Gates Toyota South today to schedule your test drive!

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