The Differences Among Used, Pre-Owned, And Certified Pre-Owned


There are so many buzzwords floating around a car dealership that it becomes difficult to tell what is meant by each buzzword or phrase. For example, does the average Joe or Josephine even know what a "Pre-owned RAM" is? Probably not, any more than he/she would know the differences between "used" and "certified pre-owned." If you are shopping for a car, you are probably quite confused as well. Here are the differences among these terms/phrases, and what they actually mean.


Used is a very broad and general term applied to any vehicle that has some mileage on it. It could have fifty miles on it, or it could have fifty thousand miles on it. Basically, any vehicle that has ever been driving off or onto the lot is "used." This is why some vehicles are priced at almost new prices while other used vehicles cost even less.


Pre-owned means that the vehicle had one or more owners. It has not been verified just how many owners the vehicle has had, but it is clear by the mileage listed that the vehicle had at least one owner. It sells for any price between "used budget" and slightly used prices. A pre-owned car is obviously used, so you will find it on the used car lot.

Certified Pre-Owned

Certified pre-owned means that not only does the dealership know that the vehicle was previously owned by someone, but the dealership also knows how many owners, and can verify, or certify, who owned the vehicle previously. These vehicles are also certified (or guaranteed) to be high quality used vehicles. They often cost more than pre-owned vehicles because of the work that went into restoring them and certifying their previous ownership and functionality.

Confused Yet? Not Surprising

Sure, all of these phrases and buzzwords are confusing. All you need to know is what you want to buy, how much, and how low can the dealer go. Everything else is just extra. Walk into any dealership and ask for a vehicle around the price you want to spend, and if any of the used, pre-owned, or certified pre-owned vehicles fall under your price range, consider yourself fortunate. Shop the cars and trucks you are shown that fit your price range, and you can never go wrong. That includes RAMs (which, by the way, in case you have not figured it out yet, are trucks). 

To learn more, contact a dealer like Marshall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram


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Understanding The Value Of Auto Dealer Lots

Hi there, my name is Pete. Welcome to my website. When I was in college, I purchased my first car from a private seller. The car immediately broke down on my way home from the seller's location. I was stuck with fixing the vehicle before I could even start driving it. From then on, whenever I needed to buy a new or used car, I went straight to the auto dealer lot. Auto dealers make sure the vehicles sold on their lots are in great shape and will last for miles before needing any repairs. I will use this site to explore the things to look for in a good auto dealer lot. I hope you will come back often to learn about this important subject.