Your Personal Guide to Buying Pre-owned

November 8th, 2019 by

A red 2017 Chevy Certified Pre-owned Sonic is parked in front of large windows near Ennis, TX.

So you’re interested in buying a pre-owned vehicle, but are unsure of where to start? If you visit our showroom at Frank Kent Chevrolet, you’ll find a series of options between Chevy Certified Pre-Owned and regular pre-owned vehicles. While they may seem quite similar at first glance, these two types of vehicles are quite different from one another. Many of our customers are unsure of which path to take, and which option is superior. We’re always willing to point our customers in the right direction as our goal is to help you leave our dealership completely and utterly satisfied with your experience. For this reason, we’ve put together this comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned vs used guide to help you figure out which option is better for you. At Frank Kent Chevrolet, we make it our mission to help you find the car that not only meets and exceeds your expectations but one that fits nicely into your budget as well.

The Benefit of Buying Certified Pre-Owned and Pre-Owned

If you’re looking to purchase a car, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a plethora of options at Frank Kent Chevrolet. Between our new car showroom and our pre-owned selection, many of our customers are pleasantly surprised by how many options they have available to them. That said, if you’re on a budget, or simply don’t care about driving the latest vehicle on the road, you may want to turn your attention to our pre-owned selection.

What’s wrong with buying new? While buying a brand new car can be incredibly exciting, the latest auto technology and state of the art features all come with a price, one which some drivers aren’t always willing to simply pay for. Sure, you can reduce the amount you have to pay monthly for a new car by providing a substantial down payment, driving something brand new isn’t always a ‘must’ for drivers.

This is precisely why we offer Certified Pre-Owned and pre-owned vehicles for our customers. These two paths to car ownership are quite similar in that they’re both far more affordable than buying new. They are also quite different than leasing a vehicle as when you pay for a pre-owned vehicle; you are the sole owner of that vehicle, so you can forget about mileage limits and wear and tear fees.

So, between both Certified Pre-Owned and pre-owned options, which is the better choice? This is a question our dealers are often asked, and unfortunately, the answer isn’t exactly straight forward. There are many nuances to the details that separate these two options, and which is better can all depend on what you’re looking for in a car, and how much you’re willing to pay for one.

The Certified Pre-Owned Experience

If you visit our dealership and ask a dealer to see our Certified Pre-Owned selection, you’ll be led to a huddle of cars that look similar to our brand new selection. This can throw some customers for a loop, as at first glance, these Certified Pre-Owned cars can look as good as new. Our collection can shatter what people expect out of a used car, and it’s all for the better.

Certified Pre-Owned cars are vehicles that are used, but they aren’t necessarily old. While they may have had one or two previous owners, they are often only a few years older than what’s currently rolling off of the factory floor. What makes them a little costlier than their pre-owned counterparts is the fact that they’ve received a thorough multi-point inspection and refurbishment by their manufacturers. As a result, these vehicles are certainly as good as new both inside and out.

Certified Pre-Owned vehicles serve as a great option for drivers who want to drive something relatively new but don’t want to spend the money that a brand new vehicle can bring on. In most cases, Certified Pre-Owned vehicles can even come with extended warranties that may provide coverage for things like mechanical issues and small collisions. While these warranties can raise the cost of the vehicle, altogether they still offer a far more affordable, and at times more practical alternative to buying a brand new vehicle.

So, if Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are relatively new cars that have been evaluated and repaired by a car care professional, what are pre-owned vehicles?

The Pre-Owned Experience

When you check out our collection of pre-owned cars, you’ll find vehicles that look older but still have the gleam and quality that you can expect from our Certified Pre-Owned selection. Pre-owned cars are older vehicles that haven’t been inspected and repaired by a manufacturer to the same extent as Certified Pre-Owned models, although this shouldn’t lessen their overall value. While moderately cheaper than Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, a pre-owned vehicle can be in the same or similar condition as the certified alternative.

That said, your pre-owned buying experience all depends on the dealership or person that you’re buying the car from. While we inspected all of our pre-owned vehicles thoroughly, the same cannot be said of every dealership or retailer. At McCluskey Chevy, every pre-owned vehicle that is on our lot has been checked from bumper to bumper for everything from transmission issues to oil leaks. When you roll away from our dealership in one of our pre-owned cars, you can rest easy knowing that you have a vehicle that will last just as long as any Certified Pre-Owned car.

Pre-owned vehicles offer an affordable option for drivers who are hoping to become the owner of a Chevy brand vehicle on a budget. That said, there is no guarantee that dealerships and retailers will treat their pre-owned collection as equal to their Certified Pre-Owned collection. So, having a reputable dealer can make a massive difference in your pre-owned buying experience.

Which Option is Better?

Pre-owned versus Certified Pre-Owned, is a conversation subject we have a lot with our customers. The victor can go any which way from driver to driver and from vehicle to vehicle. At the end of the day, it all depends on your specific preferences and how much you’re willing to spend. Some drivers make the budget a priority and want to have something incredibly reliable, but want to spend as little as possible. For these drivers, a pre-owned vehicle from a reputable dealership like McCluskey Chevy can be the best fit for you. On the other hand, other drivers want to drive a relatively new car but don’t want to spend the heavy price tag that buying new can impose. For these individuals, a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle with a substantial warranty could be a perfect fit, giving them the best of both worlds, reliability, and quality.

At McCluskey Chevy, we’ll cater to your specific needs and desires to provide you with the Certified Pre-Owned or pre-owned vehicle that matches you. We believe in tailoring our dealership experience to each individual customer that sets foot in our showroom. To us, no two experiences should be the same, and no matter what, you should leave our dealership knowing that we have your best interest in mind. From the initial test drive to the last slip of paperwork we’re completely transparent in our process and will be sure to send you home in a Chevy vehicle that you’re 100% satisfied with driving.