Used VS CPO

used vs cpo

Comparing Pre-Owned and Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Cars

At Toyota Chula Vista, our new Toyota cars have much to offer the San Diego drivers that we serve. However, not everyone that visits us wants to buy new. There can be a number of reasons to buy a pre-owned or certified pre-owned Toyota vehicle and if you’re weighing your options, here are some considerations to make the best choice for your needs.

Considering Pre-Owned Models

Benefits of buying pre-owned:

  • Variety
  • Cost
  • Low monthly payments
  • Lower rate of depreciation

First, consider the benefits of buying a pre-owned Toyota car. Cost is high up on the list, since the first owner has already absorbed the worst of the vehicle’s depreciation. The lower cost also helps in financing, since you don’t need as much of a down payment to keep monthly payments low. If you’re buying a used Toyota car for your kids, purchasing a reliable pre-owned vehicle can be a good idea until they’ve proven they are responsible drivers. In addition, we carry a number of makes and models in our pre-owned inventory that provides a vast variety to choose from.

Considering Certified Pre-Owned Models

Pre-owned and certified pre-owned Toyota vehicles are often confused. To begin with, you’ll notice that our CPO stock is much smaller. You’ll also notice a slightly higher sticker price, but there’s a good reason for that. Other makes and models won’t qualify, nor will older Toyota models. A car or SUV that is certified pre-owned must pass a number of criteria to qualify for the Toyota Certified Pre-Owned program.

Because these cars are from the most recent model years, they have more advanced safety and infotainment tech than many “used” cars. They must also pass a rigorous multipoint inspection and if a car hasn’t been well-maintained, has too many miles, or has otherwise been abused, it won’t be certified. If they pass with flying colors, you’re protected by a one year/12,000 mile comprehensive warranty and seven year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty that includes roadside assistance.

What you need to know about CPO:

  • Extensive multipoint Inspection
  • One year/12,000 mile warranty
  • Seven year/100,000 powertrain warranty
  • CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) Toyota models combine many advantages of new and pre-owned Toyota cars.

For all their differences, the pre-owned and certified pre-owned Toyota cars we carry have one important thing in common - you really can’t go wrong either way. Visit Toyota Chula Vista at 650 Main St or call 619-591-0900 to let us help you find your perfect fit.