When looking to save money on the purchase of a new-to-you vehicle, there are multiple options from which you can choose. As you browse vehicles (either in person or online), you have likely seen the terms “used” and “certified pre-owned.” While it seems as if these terms could be synonymous, there are key differences that are important to be aware of.

Here at CMP Auto, we want to empower you with the knowledge you need to make the best possible buying decision. Whether you are looking to buy a Chevrolet Equinox or a GMC truck, it is essential to have an understanding of your options. Take a look at the differences between used vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles.


All used cars, trucks, and SUVs have had at least one previous owner. Of the vehicles that have had previous owners, used vehicles are often the least expensive option, making them a wonderful choice for those looking for the most affordable option available. This is because used vehicles have not gone through the rigorous testing and inspection that certified pre-owned vehicles endure. Although used vehicles are assessed for possible issues, the condition of used vehicles can vary significantly. This option is not usually accompanied with any kind of warranty or guarantee.


Vehicles that are listed as certified pre-owned have also had at least one owner, but adhere to a much more strict criteria than used vehicles. Certified pre-owned vehicles are usually under seven years old, and have less than 80,000 miles. They are also inspected for any issues, and have all damage repaired prior to the sale of the vehicle. Dealers often add warranties and other benefits to the purchase of a certified pre-owned vehicle.


The next time you are looking for used cars in Calgary we’re here to help. Stop by our dealership (located at 1313 36th ST. N.E.) to meet with one of our friendly and experienced dealers.

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