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

Redondo Beach drivers wondering about what the differences are between CPO vs. used vehicles should know that both options are “pre-owned.” Where they differ is that certified pre-owned vehicles have been certified by Mazda as being in “like-new” condition. Read on for a thorough breakdown of all the considerations you should keep in mind when shopping for used Mazda SUV and certified pre-owned vehicles. Then test drive our inventory of both to find your dream car at South Bay Mazda in Torrance. Don’t forget to apply for a pre-approval!



What to Know About Buying a Used Car

A used car is simply what Manhattan Beach drivers would expect it to be—any vehicle that’s been previously owned. Many drivers pursue this option because used vehicles are more affordable than new cars and certified pre-owned vehicles. Here are a few things to note when shopping for a used vehicle:

  • One of the CPO vs. Used differences is that standard used vehicles don’t require an OEM inspection before being sold. That said, you can count on South Bay Mazda to make a thorough inspection before we sell you any model. If you buy your used model from a private seller, however, you should be more careful and pay for an independent inspection before finalizing a deal.
  • Make sure you’re fully aware of any issues a used vehicle may have beforehand so that you can factor the cost of repairs into your final purchase price.
  • Don’t be afraid of vehicles with over 100,000 miles on the odometer. If you’re on a tight budget and the car was built in the past 20 years, it could rack up more than 200,000 miles with proper care.

What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Certified pre-owned vehicles have been thoroughly inspected and passed a 160-point inspection that guarantees “like-new” quality. If any aspect of the model in question doesn’t pass, it’s refurbished. Mazda CPO vehicles also come warranty-backed and feature a number of added perks, including:

  • 24-hour roadside assistance
  • 1-year/12,000-mile warranty
  • Vehicle history report
  • 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty
  • And more!

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at South Bay Mazda

Now that we’ve answered, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?”, the best way for Hawthorne drivers to experience the CPO vs. used difference is to test drive both options at South Bay Mazda. Call us to book an appointment. If you have other questions about car buying, be sure to explore our car buying tips for other helpful reads about whether to buy or lease and more!

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