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CPO vs. Used: 3 Reasons to Buy Certified Pre-Owned - Video

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author photo by Doug DeMuro August 2015

Buying a car is a big deal -- and saving money is a crucial aspect of any new- or used-car purchase. With that in mind, we're listing a few reasons why a certified pre-owned (or CPO) vehicle may be right for you.

First, a certified pre-owned car can be better than a traditional used vehicle because regular used cars often come with a lot of unknowns -- and that could cost you a lot of money. But buying a certified pre-owned vehicle ensures you aren't saddling yourself with any major systems issues or hidden defects. A certified vehicle always gets a thorough inspection from a technician before it can be certified.

Another benefit of a certified pre-owned car over a standard used model is a warranty. Most CPO cars come with a comprehensive manufacturer-backed warranty that you wouldn't normally get with a traditional used car. Many of these warranties cover a car's major drivetrain components for up to 100,000 miles -- and while that usually means certified pre-owned cars are more expensive than regular used models, the peace of mind is often worth the added cost.

Finally, certified pre-owned cars often tout enjoyable perks that you typically don't get with a used vehicle. Such items include trial subscriptions to satellite radio, 24-hour roadside assistance or special new-car financing rates, which can be the icing on the cake that helps you seal a deal for a certified pre-owned vehicle.

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CPO vs. Used: 3 Reasons to Buy Certified Pre-Owned - Video - Autotrader