Pre-owned vs. Certified Pre-owned: What’s the Difference?

Out with the old, in with the new: you've made the decision to trade in your vehicle for something newer - and now you have a lot of choices to make. Which make and model are you looking for? Which features are important, and which can you pass on? What's your budget? In addition to these questions, you must also ask yourself if you're going to purchase a brand-new vehicle or something pre-owned. And while owning a brand-new car can be exciting, your Dallas-area Ford dealer, Westway Ford, wants to remind you that pre-owned and certified pre-owned vehicles are viable options as well.

The biggest advantage of purchasing a pre-owned vehicle - certified or not - is that the biggest depreciation hit has already been taken. When you purchase a brand-new vehicle, it depreciates significantly during ownership. Buyers who choose a pre-owned can expect a higher resale value when the time comes for another trade-in. By choosing a car that's a couple of years old, you can typically expect to get more features for your money.

What's the difference between a pre-owned and certified pre-owned vehicle? The main differences are in the car's history and warranty. A certified pre-owned vehicle is typically a one-owner, low-mileage vehicle that has passed rigorous inspection and comes with the balance of the factory warranty along with an extended warranty. By purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle, you get the same peace of mind as if you'd purchased a new car.

That's not to say that pre-owneds aren't a great option to consider. Sure, there are probably a lot of used car scams out there - but by purchasing from a trusted dealer like Westway Ford, you don't have to worry. We'll give you the entire vehicle history on the vehicle you choose, along with a warranty. And since you're not paying for the certification, you can expect a much smaller price tag.

For more information on exactly what it means to purchase a certified pre-owned vehicle, visit our website. After you've decided which option is right for you, stop by your Dallas-area Ford dealer, Westway Ford, and take a test-drive! 

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