used nissans vs certified used nissans


If you’re interested in buying a pre-owned Nissan, you’ve probably seen a Certified Pre-Owned badge on some models. What does Certified Pre-Owned mean, and should you buy a vehicle that’s been certified?

We have all the answers for you, but as always, we invite you to contact us online or call us at 910-459-2591 to speak with a member of our team if you have further questions.

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What is the Difference Between Certified Pre-Owned and Used?


A Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is a car, truck, or SUV that has undergone testing to make sure it still meets the original requirements of the model. Depending on the brand or dealership, certified models will be a certain model year or newer and have less than a certain amount of miles on the odometer. Many certified pre-owned models will come with a warranty to give you additional peace of mind. You’ll find that CPO vehicles can carry slightly higher price tags, but that covers the inspection and maintenance that you likely won’t need to pay for down the road.


A used vehicle either doesn’t pass the multi-point inspection, is older than the model year limit for certified vehicles, or has more miles. This doesn’t make a non-certified vehicle “bad,” it just means that it has seen a few more road trips or is older than the minimum model year requirements. Certified Pre-Owned programs can differ slightly from brand to brand, so be sure to check out the details - like on our certified used cars for sale here at Don Williamson - of each automaker you’re interested in.


How Does a Vehicle Become Certified?


In order for a vehicle to be listed as a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, it must pass a rigorous multi-point inspection by a licensed and trained manufacturer mechanic. If it doesn’t pass, it will simply be listed as a used vehicle.


Keep in mind, a reputable dealer like us will never sell you a vehicle that is not safe to drive, so don’t let small service requirements keep you from your perfect vehicle.


Should I Buy a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?


With extra peace of mind and fewer miles driven, buying a certified model is a great option for some buyers. Here at Don Williamson Nissan, we have several Certified Pre-Owned models that will fit your needs perfectly.


If you’re shopping with a limited budget, you may find that most vehicles are outside the Certified Pre-Owned requirements. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a reliable vehicle. In fact, we have vehicles that are both Certified and used cars for sale under $10,000, which gives drivers confidence and power in their car-buying process.


Choose Don Williamson Nissan


Whether you’re searching for a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle or are interested in learning more about the differences between certain models at our showroom, we invite you to contact us online or call us at 910-459-2591.


Our team of automotive experts can help you find the best car, truck, or SUV for your needs and get you behind the wheel in no time. If you’re ready to upgrade your drive for less without sacrificing quality and performance, then “Think Don Williamson Nissan” and come see us in our showroom at 310 Western Boulevard in Jacksonville today!