Any car that isn’t brand new can be parked in one of two categories: used or certified pre-owned (CPO). These two groups share many similarities, but plenty of differences exist between them. It’s important to consider which one is best suited to your shopping expectations.

Let’s take a look at buying used vs. CPO cars to help you decide which way to steer your selection.

Used or CPO?

Used Cars

Any car that’s been previously owned qualifies as a used car. Used cars can be sold by owners through classified ads or even parked on the side of the road with a “For Sale” sign on the window. They can also be sold at used car dealerships or bought at auctions.

The biggest advantage of a used car is the price. A used car is the most affordable and negotiable type of car there is. To see just how affordable they can be, explore some of our used cars for sale in Columbia, South Carolina.

Certified Pre-Owned Cars

A CPO car is a used vehicle that’s passed a comprehensive inspection to earn its certification. These CPO inspections typically consist of 100 or more “points,” or parts checked and tested.

A CPO certification states that the car is in good working condition, is safe to drive, and meets all codes and regulations required for a state inspection. In other words, a CPO car is a used car that comes with a seal of approval. It’s also common for CPO cars to come with an extended warranty, along with perks like roadside assistance and free oil changes.

To get a taste of the selection you might find with a CPO label, check out some certified pre-owned cars for sale in Columbia, SC.

What Should You Do?

There are advantages to buying both used and CPO cars. For used cars, the benefits come in price and selection. The used car market is also larger than the CPO market, meaning there is a wider selection of vehicles to choose from.

The advantage of a CPO car is peace of mind. With a certification in tow, a buyer can rest assured that the car is road-ready and the chances of buying a lemon are practically eliminated. And with an extended warranty, buyers know that the cost of repairing or replacing select parts within a given timeframe will not be their responsibility.

Contact us at Fred Anderson Toyota of Columbia to learn more about our CPO program as well as our inventory of used cars. We can help you make the right call.