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Used Cars vs. Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles: What’s the Difference?

2021 Nissan Altima Exterior Rearview
Used Cars


Certified Used Cars

Have previous owners?

Comes in all sorts of makes

Variety in Make?

Also comes in various makes, but each make has its own CPO guidelines
No set limit

Mileage Limit?

Set limit varying by make (usually less than 80,000 miles)
No set limit

Model Year Limit?

Set limit varying by make (usually model year needs to be within 5 years of current model year)
According to dealership’s standards


According to make’s more strict standards / by factory-trained technicians
Not necessarily

Additional benefits besides those from buying used?

Benefits vary by make, but often include warranty plans, complimentary maintenance, roadside assistance, and more
Can vary significantly, though they are generally cheaper than the certified pre-owned counterpart

Price range?

Also vary, but are expected to cost a bit more than the average used vehicles

There are many differences between used and certified used cars, but as you know, used cars come in a wide variety, which makes it sometimes difficult to recognize the distinctions clearly. Both used and certified used vehicles are previously owned though certified models tend to have lower mileage, features from recent model years, and overall higher standards than other used vehicles. See the differences in detail here: 

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

What about Nissan CPO vehicles? Not every CPO vehicle from two different makes is the same as they will follow their respective guidelines. Nissan’s certified pre-owned program has strict requirements, so the models that make it to our Tallahassee lot are guaranteed to be a worthwhile purchase. Take a look at the requirements each vehicle has to meet as well as some of the additional benefits they come with below: 

  • Must be less than six years old
  • Must have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer
  • Must have a clean, non-branded title
  • Must pass an incredibly stringent 167-point inspection from a mechanic who has been trained by Nissan
  • Includes a CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™
  • Has a 3-Year Buyback Guarantee by CARFAX®
  • 7-year/100,000-mile limited warranty
  • 24-hour Emergency Roadside Assistance
  • Car Rental Reimbursement and Towing Benefit
  • Optional Security+Plus® Extended Protection Plan

Find Your Used or Nissan CPO Car in Tallahassee 

Neither a used or CPO vehicle is better than the other, but depending on what you value, you will find one more suitable over the other in Tallahassee. Whether you want a car of a recent model year or you just want a working vehicle without any bells and whistles, we have options for you at Kraft Nissan! Contact us to set up an appointment, so you can explore our selection in person.


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