Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used Vehicles

So, you are in the market for a vehicle? Well, if you are considering a certified pre-owned automobile you are probably wondering what is the difference between pre-owned and certified pre-owned? Is the certification worth the extra money? For many people, certified used cars have become affordable alternatives to new cars. So what is a certified pre-owned vehicle? What has to happen for a vehicle to fall into the ‘Certified’ category versus a regular pre-owned automobile? When shopping for a high quality used vehicle it is important to understand the differences between a certified vehicle and a regular used car.

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles:

A certified pre-owned car is a vehicle that has been put through a certification program by the manufacturer of the vehicle. Meaning, an automobile is put through a certification process backed by the manufacturer, including a rigorous 100-point inspection of the automobile. (Click here to read more on Land Rover’s Select Certified Pre-Owned program)

 If the car is found deficient in any area or if any problems are found, the factory-trained technicians will either recondition the vehicle to bring it up to certification standards or disqualify the car from the program. If the vehicle passes, it is then given an extended warranty backed by the original vehicle manufacturer beyond the initial “when new” coverage.

The original manufacturer of the vehicle is using its dealer network to inspect the car, determine if it is worth certifying and then offer support for the vehicle for a period of time beyond the original warranty. It is important to remember, not all used cars can qualify for certified pre-owned programs, and terms vary from one brand to the next. The certified warranty protection typically takes effect when the original warranty expires and, similar to a new car warranty, offers coverage for a certain number of years or miles, whichever comes first.

It is important to consider all of your options when looking for a used vehicle. Which is why we at Land Rover Austin in Austin,Texas encourage you to research and make sure you are getting the right car that fits your particular needs. In the case of certified pre-owned vehicles, the peace of mind that the inspection provides in addition to an extended warranty will often make the extra money well worth it.

Used Cars:

If you decided to pass on the certified pre-owned vehicle and stick with a basic used car it is important that at the very least you get a report on the vehicle you are considering. You will need the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) so be sure to jot that down on any vehicles you are seriously considering. It is also a good idea to look into a used car warranty as well. Going to a well known, reputable dealer such as Land Rover Austin (BBB Accredited) can also make a big difference.

Bottom Line:

When looking for pre-owned cars there can be a lot of different options out there, so it is important to remember to do your research. A certified pre-owned car is a vehicle that has been carefully inspected by the manufacturer and is sold with an extended warranty. The peace of mind and extended warranty is often worth the additional price of a certified pre-owned vehicle.

So the benefits of purchasing a certified pre-owned car versus a used car may be an obvious choice for some, but it really depends on the individual customer. Land Rover of Austin carries a selection of both Used and certified pre-owned vehicle Inventory to choose from, along with excellent customer service and automotive expertise.

Land Rover Austin can help find just the right vehicle to fit each individual customer’s needs. Land Rover Austin also offers vehicle financing, leasing options, generous trade-in values, service plans and extended vehicle warranties for that extra peace of mind. So, whether you are looking for a used or certified pre-owned automobile Land Rover Austin, located at 1515 W. 5th Street in Austin, Texas guarantees customers a great car buying experience.

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