Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned: What's the Difference?

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You know the difference between new and used vehicles, but what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? This is one question that we get all the time, and we’re happy to provide the answer to our neighbors near Bethlehem and Fountain Hill:

  • A used vehicle is any model that has been owned or leased by at least one previous driver. All CPO vehicles are used, but not all used vehicles are CPO.
  • A certified pre-owned vehicle is a model which has passed extensive manufacturer-designed tests, and which falls within certain age and mileage limits. They offer additional benefits to drivers, too!

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be a bit of a nerve-wracking experience. Although there are plenty of reasons to be excited about buying used, no one wants to drive home with an unreliable vehicle. That’s why the Bennett INFINITI of Allentown service team inspects every used vehicle on our Allentown lot for quality. Even if you drive away in one of our used cars priced under $10,000, you’ll be certain that you’ve found a vehicle you can rely on.

Even so, it pays to know what to look for when you’re shopping for a pre-owned vehicle. Here’s what we recommend to our drivers:

  • Always test drive a used vehicle before you make a final offer or move to finalize the sale. If you can, take it to an independent service center and have it checked out before you buy.
  • It used to be a risk to purchase a used vehicle with more than 100,000 miles, but today’s vehicles are lasting longer than ever. You can get plenty of use out of nearly any model made within the last ten to fifteen years, even if it doesn’t have good mileage when you buy it.
  • Used vehicles aren’t just priced more affordably than new models. They also depreciate more slowly and tend to be insurable for a lower monthly cost.

Buying used makes it easy to enjoy the luxury features and precision performance that only INFINITI cars and SUVs offer, for a much lower price than you’d pay otherwise. Rest assured, we offer many low-mileage used cars at Bennett INFINITI of Allentown.

What to Know About Buying a CPO INFINITI Vehicle

The most important difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles is twofold: CPO vehicles undergo additional inspections and offer a wide range of exciting benefits. As far as most drivers are concerned, driving a CPO model is the closest that you can get to driving new!

The meaning of “CPO” will vary from make to make. Here’s what you’ll get with the INFINITI Certified Pre-Owned Program:

  • Age and Mileage: In order to receive the CPO designation, an INFINITI vehicle must be less than six years old. It must also have fewer than 70,000 miles, and possess a clean title history.
  • Inspection: Every certified pre-owned INFINITI model has passed a 167-point comprehensive inspection, designed by the manufacturer to ensure quality.
  • CPO Warranty: You’ll enjoy up to six years of unlimited mileage warranty coverage, including what remains of your New Vehicle Limited Warranty. If the latter has expired, you’ll be covered for two years from the CPO vehicle sale date. You can even extend that coverage for up to eight years, with no mileage limit.
  • Roadside Assistance: Enjoy INFINITI Roadside Assistance for the entire duration of your CPO warranty coverage. Just call (800) 225-2476 when you need help.
  • Complimentary Maintenance: Your first year of regularly scheduled maintenance is complimentary when you choose a CPO INFINITI vehicle.
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You’ll even receive a free CarFax® Vehicle History Report™, you can drive home to Fountain Hill or Philadelphia with confidence. For all these reasons and many more, a certified pre-owned INFINITI is an excellent choice. Compare INFINITI CPO vs. competitors to learn more.

Find Your Next Used or CPO Vehicle at Bennett INFINITI of Allentown!

Now that you’ve compared CPO vs. used INFINITI models, we’re sure that you’re eager to get started. However, before you schedule a test drive in Allentown, you’ll definitely want to check out our pre-owned special offers. No matter which way you go, we can’t wait to see you behind the wheel. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!

Ready to check out our inventory? Start by browsing for used INFINITI SUVs like the used INFINITI QX60!

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