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What Does Certified Pre-Owned Mean?

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Have you been shopping for a reliable used car for your Lakeland commute? Then you’ve likely come across the term “certified pre-owned”. What is a certified pre-owned automobile? What does certified pre-owned mean for you? We want you to make an informed choice, so we’ve put together an explanation below, along with a certified pre-owned vs. used comparison.



What is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

So, what is a certified pre-owned car? A pre-owned vehicle that has been certified by GMC has been certified to meet certain quality standards set by the manufacturer before it can be sold. What does “certified pre-owned” mean for the typical Winterhaven car shopper? It means the vehicle they purchase has undergone and passed a thorough inspection, must meet certain mileage and age criteria, and is backed up by generous warranties. Here are the things that define a certified pre-owned car:

What Does Certified Pre-Owned Mean?

  • The pre-owned vehicle has passed a 172-point inspection from GMC.
  • Be within current 6 model years
  • Have less than 75,000 vehicle miles
  • Have a clean title and pass a Vehicle History Report (free CARFAX® for GMC CPO vehicles listed on
  • The certified pre-owned vehicle is covered by a 6-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12-Month/12,000-Mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible.
  • Certified pre-owned vehicles get two complimentary maintenance visits.
  • If not satisfied with the vehicle, it can be exchanged within 3 days or 150 miles for another GMC, Chevrolet, or Buick

Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used

We’re proud of how reliable our used vehicles are, and we’re selective about the cars we offer. However, GMC certification comes with definite advantages. Here are just a few:

Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used Comparison

  • Used cars are usually not under warranty or covered by a vehicle exchange program.
  • Complimentary maintenance visits are not offered for used vehicles.
  • Used vehicles are inspected by our technicians, but are not required to pass the stringent certification inspection.
  • Used vehicles are not necessarily low mileage or late-model.

Come See the Certified Pre-Owned Cars at Kelley Buick GMC, Inc. of Bartow

Are you ready to experience the benefits and peace of mind that come from driving a certified pre-owned automobile? Then come down and take one for a test drive. We’d be happy to help you drive home in one of your own. Check out our post about why you should get your next used vehicle from us. We’re just a short drive away from Aurburndale. We’re here to help, so contact us today!


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