CPO vs. Used Comparison

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We want you to find the perfect high-class vehicle for all of your Cerritos adventures. We understand that many shoppers are solely searching for a pre-owned vehicle because of the advantages that they offer. Two main options you’ll have to choose from are standard used vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles.

But, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? When comparing these two options, you’ll find that both are vehicles that have been owned by someone previously. However, there are distinct differences you’ll notice when you compare CPO vs. used vehicles. Today, the experts at Lexus of Cerritos will help you find an in-depth answer to, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?”

What Is the Difference Between Used & Certified Pre-Owned?

Used vehicles are already a good choice for many Long Beach drivers like you. Likewise, certified pre-owned vehicles can even be a better choice depending on your exact needs. Before we go over the main differences between the two, it’s important to note that Lexus offers a high-class specification of CPO vehicles known as L/Certified.

L/Certified vehicles offer incredible advantages that may make them a better fit, depending on your specific Torrance lifestyle. With that being said, let’s compare used vehicles and L/Certified vehicles below:

Standard Used

  • Selection: Standard pre-owned vehicles can vary in make, model, and year. There are no specifications set forth by a manufacturer for pre-owned vehicles.
  • Mileage: Pre-owned vehicles also have no mileage restrictions. You could find a pre-owned vehicle with 5,000 miles or one with 150,000 miles.
  • Inspection: While there are no inspection requirements from many pre-owned vehicles at other dealerships, we still give our used vehicle inventory a thorough look before they’re offered for sale on our lot. If you must purchase via a private party, make sure you have your potential new vehicle inspected.


  • Certification: L/Certified vehicles have been given a comprehensive 161-point inspection by trained Lexus technicians so that you can ensure you’re getting a high-quality ride.
  • Warranty: Our L/Certified vehicles come with an L/Certified Limited Warranty which, when combined with a new-vehicle basic warranty, means you’ll have up to six years and unlimited miles of warranty coverage.
  • Complimentary Maintenance: You’ll receive complimentary service on up to the next four factory-recommended maintenance visits for two years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first, with an L/Certified vehicle.
  • Newer: With an L/Certified vehicle, you can anticipate a pre-owned vehicle that’s typically newer and has fewer miles than standard used vehicles.

Compare a CPO vs. Used Vehicle Today at Lexus of Cerritos!

It’s hard to decide whether a CPO or used vehicle is better for your needs, but we’re here to help at Lexus of Cerritos. Come to our Cerritos dealership to get a better understanding of an L/Certified vehicle and our pre-owned options. Truthfully though, all of our inventory offers fantastic choices, and it’s hard to go wrong when you choose our vehicles. Have any questions? Reach out to us today for more information!

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