Used vs. CPO: What's the Difference?

Used Cars from Above

If you’re a used car shopper around Cincinnati or Covington, you might be wondering just what it means for a vehicle to be “Certified Pre-Owned.” You’re not alone in asking about used vs. CPO, and while both are categories of used cars, there are some significant distinctions — particularly in price. Read on to learn about the differences and be prepared when it’s time to buy your next used car, truck, SUV, or minivan.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles are vehicles that have been previously driven by other owners. While we are a Chevy dealer, you’ll find used cars of all makes and models in our inventory.

  • Each used car is unique, which means they’ll vary significantly in cost, model year, mileage, and the number of owners, offering significant variety for Florence used car shoppers.
  • If finding an affordable car is your top priority, used cars will often be more affordable than CPO vehicles — in fact, we have a selection of used cars under $10,000 for the budget-conscious driver.
  • Worried about mileage? You probably shouldn’t be. Cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans are made better now than they’ve ever been. You’ll find small sedans that soar past 100,000 miles with no trouble, and trucks that can run that odometer up to 200,000 and 300,000 miles.

What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are part of a CPO program created by the manufacturer that has specific rules. In the case of Chevy vehicles, each CPO model has to meet the following requirements:

  • Be within the last 5 model years
  • Have fewer than 75,000 miles
  • Pass a 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning Process
  • Have all safety recalls implemented
  • Have a clean title
  • Include a vehicle history report

Because these vehicles have been inspected and reconditioned, Chevy includes some additional warranty coverage with them. The inspection, reconditioning, and warranty are the main reasons why CPO cars cost more than used.

Which to Buy: Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used

While the Chevy Certified Pre-Owned Program offers benefits to our Florence and Cincinnati drivers, the Tom Gill Advantage offers benefits unique to our dealership that make a used car the better choice.
When you buy a used car from Tom Gill Chevrolet, you’ll also get

  • Lifetime Oil Changes
  • Lifetime Tire Rotations
  • GM Preferred Owner Program
  • UNLIMITED Car Washes
  • PowerLIFE Powertrain Guarantee (vehicles under 80,000 miles)
  • Courtesy Loaner when your car is being serviced here

And unlike CPO vehicles, these models have the same affordable pricing as the rest of our used cars — in fact, the Tom Gill Advantage Price ensures you get one price, no surprises, no hidden fees, and no need to haggle.

Shop for Used Cars at Tom Gill Chevrolet

Now that you know what the difference is between used and Certified Pre-Owned, let Tom Gill Chevrolet help you get behind the wheel of your next car. Contact us today to learn more about buying used, the Tom Gill Advantage, and our wide selection of used cars.


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