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

The short answer: certified pre-owned models are higher, "near-new" quality, with more value for your investment and for less than the cost of new. But the distinctions are in the details. Learn more about CPO vs. used cars here at Honda Gallery -- we'll be happy to help you decide which is right for you.

Used Vehicles

Whether a car or truck, SUV or van, your average pre-owned model is thoroughly dealer-inspected and curated for quality to meet road-ready standards. The primary benefit of buying used, beyond evaluation by your dealer's mechanic, is that no set manufacturer price applies. That means a wide latitude on value: pre-owned cars are sometimes more affordable than those new or certified used, from initial costs and depreciation to the maintenance bill.

CPO Vehicles

Certified models, on the other hand, are often trade-ins that have just come off a lease, usually a recent model year, and with low mileage on the odometer, not exceeding a given reading. They also undergo a more rigorous inspection and testing process, with many more "points," performed by manufacturer-trained and certified car repair technicians. In short, each is held to the standards of the original vehicle, as if it were new. Certified status can sometimes be more expensive than used, but that's offset by additional limited warranty coverage as well as other perks you won't find offered with the latter.

Take Honda CPO cars, for example. Choose to purchase or lease one with us here in Reading, MA, and you can look forward to it adhering to the following criteria:

  • The vehicle must be less than six years old
  • It must have less than 80,000 miles
  • It's got to pass a stringent 182-point certification process
If it does, it's certified pre-owned, and you can look forward to the following included benefits:
  • A 12-month/12,000-mile limited warranty, beginning from date of purchase
  • A 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which starts from the original in-service date
  • 24-hour roadside assistance, further component coverage, and Concierge Emergency Services, available with Honda Care®, the former ranging from towing and lock-out assistance to battery jump-starts, tire changes, and fuel delivery

Eager to learn more, whether about what it takes for a car to get certified, about auto financing, or even a model in our extensive inventory? You're welcome here at our Walkers Brook Drive showroom for an in-person consultation -- we're just down the road in the greater Boston area from Woburn, nearby Burlington, and the Medford neighborhood -- or you can simply give us a call. We'll be happy to help!


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