What’s the Difference Between New Chevy and Certified Pre-owned Chevy?

November 15th, 2019 by

A silver Chevy Certified Pre Owned 2017 Cruze Diesel is driving on a highway near Ennis, TX.

When it comes time to look for a new car, you will face one question right off the bat: do you shop for new, or do you go with used? There is no right or wrong answer here. What works for you may be different for the next car shopper. However, as you look over the available cars on the lot you’ll come across a number of Chevy certified pre-owned vehicles. These vehicles are different from a standard used vehicle, and as such, you may have questions about what the difference is and if it’s a better buy than a new vehicle. Here’s everything you need to know about certified pre-owned vs new vehicles.

What Is A New Chevy Vehicle

This one is relatively straightforward. A new vehicle is one that has never been owned by another driver. It came from the manufacturer directly to the lot. Now, this does not mean there are zero miles on the car. Other potential car buyers may have stopped by and given it a test drive. It may have originally started at a different dealership but, based on demand and the request of interested buyers, been moved to a different lot.

Even if the car you’re interested in has never been test-driven before it will have at least two miles on the odometer. This is due to the car’s movement from the factory onto the transport vehicle and then onto the dealership lot, where vehicles need to be moved around. However, most new vehicles will have a handful of miles as a test drive may account for five or 10 miles.

What Is a Certified Pre-Owned Chevy Vehicle?

As you cross over from the new lot to the used lot, you’ll find two kinds of vehicles: used and certified pre-owned. Both of these vehicle types are used, so what exactly is the difference?

First, nearly every manufacturer has “Certification” standards. To receive the certification, the vehicle needs to meet each of these established standards. Now, the requirements for one manufacturer will be different from others. So while the following standards are in place for all Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC vehicles (Cadillacs have a different certification), other manufacturers like Ford, Toyota, Honda, and others may have slightly different required standards.

So what goes into certifying a Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC vehicle? First, the vehicle needs to be less than six model years old. Once a vehicle hits the seven model year mark, it can no longer be a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle.

Second, the vehicle needs to have less than 75,000 miles on it. It must have a clean title (chances are if the vehicle is found on a dealership lot it will have a clean title, as most dealerships will not buy back a vehicle with a spotty title). The vehicle will also need to pass a 172-point inspection and reconditioning process.

The Certification Benefits Of Chevy and GM Vehicles

During the certification process, the GM vehicle will need to be checked for all safety recalls. If any part of the vehicle has been recalled at any time, the dealership will update the part to meet the recall requirements. Once the vehicle has been checked out, and it has passed the 172-point vehicle inspection (during which some parts might be replaced), several benefits will be attached to the certified pre-owned vehicle.

First, with a certified pre-owned Chevy (Buick and GMC) you will receive a 6 year/100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with $0 deductible, an exclusive CPO scheduled maintenance program, roadside assistance, up to a 3 months OnStar service trial, a 3-month SiriusXM trial subscription, a comprehensive vehicle history report, and a 12-month/12,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty with $0 deductible.

When you visit the dealership and spot a certified pre-owned vehicle, feel free to ask questions about these benefits. In many ways, you receive similar benefits to a new vehicle. These are benefits that go above and beyond what a standard used vehicle offers. This is why purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle is so valuable as you receive additional protection on the car, truck, or SUV.

Buying New Or a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle

You will need to decide which is right for you. It comes down to what you’re looking for. For starters, when you buy new, you’re buying a vehicle someone else hasn’t fiddled with. It will be all yours from the onset. You’ll also receive the latest and greatest features from Chevrolet. However, on the flip side, when you purchase a certified pre-owned vehicle, you’re buying a vehicle that has been owned by someone else. Often it is a previous lease that someone has traded in. Chances are the vehicle has been owned or operated by just one person, but if you’d rather not buy a vehicle someone else has driven than you’ll want to go with a new vehicle.

Additionally, if you want the very latest in GM technology and performance, you’ll want to go with a new vehicle as well, however, if driving a vehicle that has been owned (or leased) by another driver doesn’t bother you, and you don’t mind going with a vehicle that is likely a few models older than the current release, a certified pre-owned vehicle may be perfect for you. For starters, it often comes with a sizeable discount over buying new. Many drivers trade in their lease every year or two. This means you can purchase a near-new vehicle at an excellent discount. It also comes with several benefits and warranties over what regular used vehicles offer you.

The Final Choice Is Yours

When it comes to certified pre-owned vs new, it all comes down to what you want in a vehicle. Some drivers want the best of the best, the newest of the new, and want to know they are the only owners of the vehicle. If that sounds like you, head on over to the new car lot and check out the wide selection of all-new Chevy and GM vehicles.

However, if you’re more about finding a vehicle with an excellent deal that, while it may not be brand new or have next to no miles on the odometer, it’s still in excellent condition and comes with a number of warranties, then a certified pre-owned vehicle is for you.

If you want to know more about the certified pre-owned process and the 172-point inspection process, make sure to ask your customer service professionals the next time you’re on the lot. Whichever way you decide to go, you’ll discover an excellent vehicle is waiting for you.

Find Your Next Vehicle at Frank Kent Chevrolet

Whether you’re shopping for a new, Chevy certified pre-owned, or a used vehicle, you’ll find your next vehicle at Frank Kent Chevrolet in Ennis, TX. So check out the wide selection listed on the website or come on out to the lot. Our customer service staff is second to none and is here to offer you a no-pressure car-buying experience. From the latest Chevrolet Silverado to used sedans, SUVs, and everything in between, our team wants to help you find the perfect vehicle for your budget and needs.