What's the Difference Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned?

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Compared to new vehicles, all pre-owned vehicles offer substantial savings for Scranton drivers. Still, if you’re anything like most of our friends and neighbors, this answer only provokes another question. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned models, anyway? Here’s a quick overview to get you started:

  • “Used” is a general identifier, assigned to all models which have had at least one previous owner.
  • “Certified Pre-Owned” describes a used vehicle which has passed a stringent qualifying round, designed by the manufacturer to ensure factory-grade performance.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

You’ve already got the basics on CPO vs. used cars, but what really separates these two fields in practice? In the first place, choosing to buy used means that you’ll have more options. It’s common to find used cars priced under $10K when you’re searching near Dickson City or Binghamton, but you won’t find many certified pre-owned INFINITI models in the same price range.

All of our used cars have been inspected and refreshed, and we’re confident that they’ll live up to your highest standards. However, there are a few things you should know before you make a final decision:

  • Take your chosen used vehicle for a test drive, and ask for a vehicle history report. For added peace of mind, take it into a service center for a quick check-up.
  • A vehicle with low mileage is almost always a better option than a vehicle with high mileage. However, an older vehicle that’s done a lot of sitting may not be in the best shape.

What to Know About Buying a CPO INFINITI Vehicle

In order to earn the Certified Pre-Owned label, an INFINITI vehicle must be fewer than six years old, with fewer than 70,000 miles on the odometer. Additionally, each of these low-mileage used cars must possess a clean history and pass a 167-point inspection.What will drivers earn for choosing a vehicle that passes every test? Plenty. Take a look at the most exciting benefits offered with the INFINITI Certified Pre-Owned program:

  • CPO Warranty: You’ll enjoy the remainder of your New Vehicle Limited Warranty, along with two additional years of coverage. You’ll also be able to extend that protection for a total of up to eight years of unlimited mileage warranty coverage. This gives INFINITI CPO vehicles an edge over other CPO competitors.
  • Roadside Assistance: 24/7 roadside assistance will let you drive with confidence wherever you go. Reach the service at (800) 225-2476.
  • Complimentary Maintenance: Even regular maintenance is covered! For one year from the CPO vehicle sale date, your scheduled services are complimentary.
  • Vehicle History Report: Every INFINITI CPO model comes with the official CarFax® Vehicle History Report™ attached!

Check out our certified pre-owned specials to enjoy these exciting benefits for less, or start your search with our inventory of pre-owned INFINITI SUVs.

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Find Your Next Used or CPO Vehicle at Bennett INFINITI of Wilkes-Barre!

Now that you know the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles, visit Bennett INFINITI of Wilkes-Barre near Bloomsburg to start a new adventure. Whether you opt for a standard used car, a pre-owned INFINITI Q50, or a tried and tested certified pre-owned model, we know you’ll love the options at our dealership.


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