A Tug of War between Certified and Non-Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles


When you are off to buy a new vehicle, you basically have 3 options – a brand-new, certified used, or non-certified used. You all of course understand what we mean by a brand-new car, but few may be unclear as to what a certified and a non-certified vehicle means. Here we will clear things out for you.

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

A certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle is basically a used vehicle, which has gone through manufacturer’s testing so as to ensure that the original requirements are not compromised.

Vehicles with CPO are usually backed by a warranty or coverage and have a certain stamp of approval from the manufacturer. It is this stamp of approval that makes the vehicle so likable or popular. It kind of gives the buyer peace of mind, knowing that his vehicle was thoroughly checked by the manufacturer’s mechanic. The manufacturer’s mechanics have something they call a 150-point inspection check list. So, once the vehicle clears all the criteria from the list, only then will it be given a certificate. Now this certificate may also come with an additional warranty with additional features like special financing options, free oil changes and roadside assistance

Lastly, just because the vehicle is certified, it does not mean it will not have any defects. One should remember that the vehicles are checked by manufacturer’s mechanics. They are mechanics, but still humans. So, make sure you take your mechanic with you to ensure the vehicle is in a good condition before you pay the additional fee. You can easily find some good used cars in Mumbai, Bangalore or any other part of India in this category.

Non-Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

To put in simple terms, non-certified pre-owned vehicles are used vehicle without any manufacturer’s certification. The best part about them is that they are a lot cheaper than the certified ones. Now some may argue that certified vehicles are much safer than the non-certified ones. Well, there is no real hard evidence regarding that. If you take the right steps and get it checked by a good mechanic before buying, a non-certified vehicle can be equally good.

The other good thing about them is that the price is negotiable. Hence, you can save a lot.

Another all-time concern of the buyers is that buying from agents or dealerships could be a risky business. But, if one follows the necessary steps and takes the vehicle to a mechanic, there wouldn’t be any real problem.

The Bottom Line

Be a smart buyer. Whichever vehicle you may choose – be it certified, non-certified or new, just take your time.

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