If you're in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, you may be wondering how traditional used cars differ from certified pre-owned (CPO) ones. You can find out in this used vs. certified pre-owned overview created by our team here at Dartmouth Nissan.

We offer a selection of both used and certified pre-owned vehicles for sale near Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Fall River, NH. Learn more about the differences between these two types of vehicles below!


What Is the Difference Between a Used and a Certified Pre-owned Car?

Both used and certified pre-owned vehicles have had one or more previous owners, which differentiates them from brand-new cars. The difference is that certified pre-owned vehicles have gone through a manufacturer certification process. This means they meet certain age, mileage, and condition requirements.

Due to these requirements, certified pre-owned cars tend to be newer models with lower mileage. Since used vehicles don't need to meet any specifications, they may be of any age or mileage.

How Do Pre-Owned Vehicles Become Certified?

When a vehicle is determined to be eligible for certification, it first undergoes a detailed multi-point inspection by a trained service technician. If any of its parts need repairs or maintenance, they are re-conditioned and completed before the vehicle becomes available to buy or finance. 

Although the benefits vary by manufacturer, many certified pre-owned vehicles include things such as:

  • Warranty coverage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Free vehicle history report

These perks can help you buy with greater confidence and peace of mind because you will have more information about the vehicle, additional assurance, and future assistance, should you need it. 

In most cases, you can also request or order a vehicle history report for a used car before you decide to buy it. Along with that, you can ask to have a technician inspect the used vehicle, so you can learn more about its condition.


What Are Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Benefits?

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned vehicles must be less than six years old from their original in-service date and have fewer than 80,000 miles on their odometers. On top of that, they must pass a 167-point vehicle inspection. They also come with the following benefits:

  • One year of pre-paid maintenance
  • Free CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™
  • 7-year/100,000-mile Emergency Roadside Assistance Package
  • 7-year/100,000-mile Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Limited Warranty

Additionally, certified pre-owned Nissan models include towing assistance, car rental reimbursement, trip interruption coverage, and a SiriusXM® complimentary 3-month trial.

Where Can I Buy a Used or Certified Pre-Owned Car?

For your convenience, you can browse through and purchase a used or certified pre-owned vehicle online or at our dealership. With our Nissan Shop @ Home option, you can search through our entire pre-owned inventory, customize your vehicle, apply for financing, choose a payment option, and even schedule a delivery.

Another option is to look through our used and certified inventory online, schedule a test drive, and complete the process in person. Either way, one of our friendly and knowledgeable specialists will be available to assist you along the way.

Shop Our Used & Certified Pre-Owned Inventory

Ready to find your next pre-owned vehicle? If so, our team here at Dartmouth Nissan can help you take the wheel of either a used or certified pre-owned car, truck, or SUV near Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Fall River, New Hampshire. Contact us to schedule a test drive today!

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