Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned

Certified Mitsubishi vs Non-Certified Mitsubishi

When it comes to buying a new vehicle, you've basically got three options - new, certified used, and non-certified used. While it is obvious what a new automobile is, many people are unsure of the differences between a certified and non-certified used vehicle. In order to make your best decision, it is important to educate yourself to make sure you get the best vehicle for you.


Certified Pre-Owned Cars

To be a CPO car, a Mitsubishi needs to meet specific age and mileage requirements. It then must go through and thorough inspection at Secor Mitsubishi. If a Mitsubishi passes, it gets an extended limited warranty and will carry a high price than a non-CPO model. Many people fee comfortable in paying that premium, for the peace of mind a CPO program gives.

This approval is what makes certified vehicles so popular. It gives consumers peace of mind to know that the auto has been looked over by a Mitsubishi Certified Technician and has come out with flying colors. These technicians have what is called a 123 point inspection list. As long as the vehicle checks out, it is given a certification which includes warranties and sometimes additional features like roadside assistance, special financing options.

These cars tend to be off-lease trade-ins which are low in mileage and years. They must all meet tough standards or they won't pass the Mitsubishi's inspection. This guarantee practically ensures that buyers won't buy a dud. Plus, a "like-new" car for less is also great for resale values. Check out the TOP 10 REASONS to buy a Mitsubishi CPO.

Perfection Not Guaranteed

CPO doesn't stand for "car Perfection Opportunity." But it's hard to fault consumers for thing that it might. Every advertisement would have you believe that a CPO vehicle is just like new. Ultimately, a CPO Mitsubishi is still a used car. It may have gone through a 123-point inspection, but that doesn't mean that 123 parts were replaced. You can never take a used car and make it new again.  The cardinal rule is this: Only a manufacturer's franchised dealer can sell that manufacturer's CPO vehicles. This means that if a dealership can sell New Mitsubishi's, than it can also sell Mitsubishi CPO used vehicles. It CANNOT, however sell, Honda CPO, Kia CPO, Ford CPO, Mazda CPO, Chevrolet CPO, Nissan CPO or Toyota CPO vehicles.

Non-Certified Used Cars

In the most basic sense, a non-certified vehicle is a used car. A used car will still go through a safety inspection by trained technicians. If something is found that will need to be fixed , it is!  The best part about a non-certified vehicle is the savings. A general used car will have the remaining factory warranty. At Secor Mitsubishi we pride ourselves on being honest and forth coming with all of our customers.


The bottomline... be smart. Whichever way you choose follow these steps to get peace of mind that your purchase is sound.

• Search for a car you like and that suits your lifestyle

• Run the vehicle identification number (VIN) and a  Vehicle history report

• Collect data from your research

• Not all accidents are reported so inspect vehicle yourself, take to mechanic

• Compare used car prices and get ready to use your negotiating skills!

There is never any guarantee with any used car so follow the necessary while keeping mind your personal preferences. If you need to pay to have that peace of mind that a certified vehicle brings, than do so. And if you want to save a few thousand dollars on a non-certified vehicle, than do so!

Before buying any vehicle always research and make sure you are knowledgeable on the subject so you can get the best bang for your buck.