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Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used Cars: What’s the Difference?

At LB Auto, we understand that purchasing a vehicle is a significant decision, and it’s essential to find the right option that fits your needs and budget. When it comes to pre-owned vehicles, buyers often face the choice between Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) cars and standard used cars. Each option offers distinct benefits and considerations. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you understand the differences between Certified Pre-Owned and used cars, and how LB Auto ensures quality in both categories. 
 

Understanding Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles are used cars that have undergone a thorough inspection and reconditioning process by the manufacturer or a certified dealership. These cars must meet specific criteria, including age and mileage limits, to qualify for certification. At LB Auto, we offer a range of CPO vehicles that provide peace of mind and numerous benefits. 
 

Benefits of Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Quality Assurance: CPO vehicles undergo a rigorous multi-point inspection covering mechanical and cosmetic aspects. This process ensures that the car is in excellent condition and meets the high standards set by the manufacturer. 

Extended Warranty: One of the significant advantages of CPO cars is the extended warranty coverage. This warranty often includes both limited and powertrain warranties, providing added protection beyond the original factory warranty. 

Roadside Assistance: Many CPO programs offer complimentary roadside assistance, covering services like towing, battery jump-starts, flat tire changes, and lockout assistance. This feature adds an extra layer of security for drivers. 

Vehicle History Report: CPO vehicles come with a detailed vehicle history report, usually from reputable sources like Carfax or AutoCheck. This report provides information on previous ownership, accident history, service records, and more, helping buyers make informed decisions. 

Special Financing Rates: Manufacturers often offer attractive financing rates for CPO vehicles, making them a more affordable option compared to new cars. These rates are typically lower than those for standard used cars. 
 

Understanding Used Cars

Used cars are vehicles that have had one or more previous owners and do not necessarily undergo the same rigorous inspection and reconditioning process as CPO vehicles. However, at LB Auto, we ensure that all our used cars meet high-quality standards to provide reliable transportation for our customers. 
 

Benefits of Used Cars

Affordability: Used cars are generally less expensive than CPO vehicles and new cars. This lower cost can be a significant advantage for budget-conscious buyers or those looking to get the most value for their money. 

Depreciation: Used cars have already experienced the most significant depreciation hit, which occurs in the first few years of a vehicle’s life. This means that used car buyers may face less depreciation over the period of their ownership. 

Variety: The used car market offers a broader range of makes, models, and years, providing buyers with more options to find a vehicle that fits their specific needs and preferences. 

Flexibility in Negotiation: Prices for used cars can often be more negotiable than those for new or CPO vehicles, giving buyers an opportunity to get a better deal. 
 

How LB Auto Ensures Quality in Both Categories

At LB Auto, we are committed to providing high-quality vehicles, whether you choose a Certified Pre-Owned or a standard used car. Here’s how we ensure you get the best vehicle for your needs: 

Thorough Inspections: Every car in our inventory undergoes a detailed inspection by our certified technicians. For CPO vehicles, this includes the manufacturer’s multi-point inspection. For used cars, we conduct comprehensive checks to ensure they meet our stringent quality standards. 

Reconditioning: We perform necessary reconditioning on all vehicles to address any mechanical or cosmetic issues. This process ensures that the cars are safe, reliable, and visually appealing. 

Transparency: We provide detailed vehicle history reports for all our cars, giving you complete transparency about their past. This information helps you make an informed decision with confidence. 

Warranty Options: While CPO vehicles come with extended warranties, we also offer warranty options for our used cars. This added protection can provide peace of mind and safeguard your investment. 

Customer Service: Our knowledgeable team is here to assist you throughout the buying process. We provide personalized service to help you find the right vehicle and answer any questions you may have. 
 

Visit LB Auto Today

Whether you’re considering a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle or a used car, LB Auto is your trusted partner in finding the perfect match. Visit us at 1013 West Main Street, Lebanon, TN 37087, to explore our extensive inventory. Contact us at (615) 306-5180 or email leebo2798@yahoo.com to schedule a test drive or learn more about our offerings. 

Make an informed choice with LB Auto, where quality and customer satisfaction are our top priorities. Drive away with confidence knowing you’ve chosen a reliable vehicle that suits your needs and budget.

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