What Is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle? Here’s a Simple Explanation

You may have heard the terms certified pre-owned vehicle or CPO, but what exactly do they mean? Here’s a closer look at what a certified pre-owned vehicle is and why it might make sense to buy one.


CPO is short for Certified Pre-Owned. Let’s take a look at the pre-owned part first. This simply means that a CPO vehicle is used and not brand-new — someone else has already owned and driven it. Because it’s used, a CPO vehicle will almost always cost less than a new one. However, it may cost more than a regular used model — and that’s because it’s certified.


Unlike with regular used vehicles, certified means that a pre-owned model meets strict manufacturer standards and gets the backing of a special warranty before it’s offered for sale. This is the C in CPO.

For example, used Buick and GMC vehicles have to pass a rigorous 172-point inspection and reconditioning process before qualifying for the CPO program. They also have to be no more than 6 model years old and have no more than 75,000 miles on the odometer. Plus, Buick CPO and GMC CPO vehicles are supported by a 6-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty[1] and a 12-month/12,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.[2]

The most important point to remember is that CPO vehicles are a great choice when you want the lower price of a used model — along with the perfect conditioning and greater confidence you’d enjoy with a new model.

Want to know more about the benefits of buying CPO? Contact our team here at Coleman Buick GMC in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. We’ll gladly answer all your questions and help you find your ideal Buick or GMC CPO vehicle.

[1] Whichever comes first, from original in-service date. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

[2] Whichever comes first, in addition to any remaining original factory Bumper-to-Bumper warranty. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

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