Pre-Owned vs. CPO: What’s the Difference?

February 25th, 2019 by

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When it comes to buying a used vehicle, you’ll have your choice of pre-owned or Certified Pre-Owned (CPO). CPO models go through a rigorous verification process in order to earn the CPO label. Compare used vs. certified pre-owned cars in more detail below, then head to Rallye BMW near Syosset when you’re ready to buy.


Pre-owned vehicles are vehicles that have had previous owners. In some cases, the vehicle may have had one owner, and in other cases it may have had multiple owners. There’s no limit to the number of owners a vehicle may have had previously. Other features and benefits of a pre-owned model include:

  • Cost: Pre-owned models are typically priced to sell and usually cost less than a CPO model or a new model. If you have a tight budget, opting for a pre-owned vehicle could be the best way to get a vehicle you can afford to bring home to Roslyn.
  • Factory warranty: Some pre-owned vehicles still include a factory warranty on parts, and which adds peace of mind drivers want when purchasing a vehicle.

Certified Pre-Owned

When it comes to comparing certified pre-owned vs. used vehicles, the standards are set much higher with CPO models. In order to be labeled as a CPO vehicle, the vehicle must pass a very rigorous inspection, and can only have a certain number of years and miles on it. All manufacturers have their own set of regulations for the inspection too. Here are some of the features/benefits of a CPO model:

  • Manufacturer Warranty: The biggest draw for a CPO vehicle is that it includes a manufacturer warranty that can be extended for several years. This provides even more peace of mind that your vehicle will be cared for in the event something goes wrong.

Find Your Next Vehicle at Rallye BMW

If you are ready for your next vehicle in Jericho, Rallye BMW can help. We have a variety of pre-owned and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles to choose from, so stop in to see our selection. You can even compare CPO vs. new models to see which would be the right choice for you. Contact us today to schedule your test drive.

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