What is the Difference Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned?

Pre-Owned Cars

Savvy shoppers already know that a used car offers an excellent value in the Portland area, but did you know that’s not your only option? Just what is the difference between used and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles – and which one is the right choice for your unique needs? While used cars offer fantastic savings, Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are discounted models that undergo a rigorous certification process. This means you get a steal of a deal with added guarantees!

Why Choose a Used Model?

To put it simply, used or pre-owned vehicles have had previous owners. However, not all used cars are the same. Some vehicles have only had one owner, some have had multiple owners. Some have had routine maintenance, some have not. So it’s important to shop carefully when you are looking for a pre-owned vehicle – and if you do your homework, you could get a major bargain! Other benefits of used cars include:

  • Cost: Used cars are priced to sell, which means you’ll spend less than a new model or a CPO car. This is the most budget-friendly option.
  • Fees: Lower sticker price means lower ownership costs, like insurance and registration fees.
  • Warranty: Some pre-owned vehicles still have a factory warranty on parts, which could sweeten the deal.

Why Choose a CPO?

Certified Pre-Owned cars, or CPO models, are used vehicles with added bonuses. Vehicles face stricter guidelines that limit the car’s age and mileage, which means less wear and tear than many used models. Plus, you’ll get a certified inspection by a licensed professional. Only models that pass the certification process become CPO cars. Here are a few of the benefits:

    • Value: While you’ll pay a little more for a CPO over a used car, you’ll have peace of mind from the intensive inspection process – no lemons here!
  • Quality: In addition to the full inspection, most CPO cars also come with a complete vehicle history report, so there are no surprises when you buy.
  • Warranty: CPO vehicles include a manufacturer warranty that can be extended for several years, which helps you drive with confidence!

Test Drive Your Next Vehicle at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda

Now that you know the difference between used and Certified Pre-Owned models, why not take a few cars for a spin at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda? Visit us in Wilsonville to see our inventory up close and our experts will help you find just the right model for your needs and budget. Check out our latest used car for sale or Certified Pre-Owned deals, and apply for financing today!

More from Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda

  • Honda CR-V Maintenance Schedule

      Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda knows you love your Honda CR-V, and keeping up with your Honda CR-V maintenance schedule will help to keep it running in top condition wherever you go around Portland. Read on to learn more about your Honda CR-V maintenance schedule and when it’s time for service, contact us or schedule service online.  …

  • What are the 2022 Honda CR-V Colors?

      While there’s plenty to admire about the 2022 Honda CR-V performance and versatility, many Portland drivers are taken by the bold style of this best-selling SUV. So, what are the Honda CR-V colors available? The latest model offers eight different paint choices, ranging from glossy to pearl to metallic in a variety of hues….

  • Explore the 2022 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

    It’s important to stay safe on the road no matter if you’re driving through Portland or past West Linn. This is why the Honda Pilot is a great choice for your next vehicle. The new Honda Pilot is a good car for those in need of a spacious and powerful crossover SUV that comes equipped with…



Your garage is empty.
Save some vehicles to get started!


Your garage is empty.
Save some vehicles to get started!
Contact Us
Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda 45.298623, -122.767663.