What is the Difference Between Used & Certified Pre-Owned?

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If you’re looking for ways to save on your next luxury ride around Belleair, you might be thinking: “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles?” You’ll enjoy great savings rather than choosing to pay full price for a brand new car, however, there are distinct differences between both options which you’ll want to consider before taking the next step. Learn more about CPO vs. used vehicles, and then explore our inventory of Lexus L/Certified Vehicles at Lexus of Clearwater today! 

CPO vs. Used Vehicles 

So, what’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Standard used cars can vary in year, model, and make as well as tend to be even more affordable than CPO vehicles. This enables you to expand your vehicle search to include as many options as possible and stay within your budget. The other significant difference is mileage. Most used cars will come with a range of miles on them, however, L/Certified vehicles have a set standard of mileage to ensure the longevity of your next ride. Here are some more tips to keep in mind when looking at CPO vs. used vehicles: 

  • Not all OEM dealers require an inspection before used cars go for sale, but at Lexus of Clearwater we personally choose our used models. We want to ensure high quality for all our customers.
  • If you see any issues, discuss them immediately with the private seller or dealership. If you choose to purchase a vehicle with a few issues, make sure you factor in money for any future repairs. 
  • With consistent routine maintenance, a vehicle can last over 200,000 miles! 

Benefits of Lexus L/Certified Vehicles

L/Certified vehicles are meant to go above and beyond your standard pre-owned models. You can expect your next CPO Lexus to be thoroughly inspected by our certified service technicians and are backed by an excellent warranty program to protect your vehicle for years to come. These are the perks available with L/Certified vehicles below: 

  • L/Certified Warranty – For 6 years and regardless of mileage, certified pre-owned Lexus models are covered for repair or replacement of components that fail under normal use due to a defect in materials or workmanship, such as engine, transmission, steering, brakes (excluding rotors and pads), fuel system, cooling, A/C and heating systems, electrical, and restraint systems.
  • Roadside Assistance – This coverage also includes towing to the nearest Lexus dealer.
  • 161-Point Inspection – This inspection looks at the engine, exterior, interior, electronics, safety devices, undercarriage, and a road test.
  • Complimentary Maintenance – For 2 years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first, you will not have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses for covered services.
  • Trip-Interruption – Receive reimbursement for meals and lodging for three nights (up to $200 per night) and reimbursement for a rental car for up to five days (up to $50 per day).
  • Loaner Car – If your vehicle needs to be at the dealership for more than eight hours for repairs, you can take advantage of a loaner car.

Shop Lexus L/Certified Vehicles for Sale at Lexus of Clearwater!

Now that you’ve read more about CPO vs. used models, take the next step to bring home your next luxury pre-owned ride on Palm Harbor roads. Check out our selection of L/Certified vehicles for sale at Lexus of Clearwater or check out more models to save on your next purchase when you shop our used cars under 10K or low mileage used cars. Speak with a member of our sales team on how you can sell us your current car for additional savings. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a test drive at our dealership here in Clearwater!


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