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

Shopping for a luxury vehicle at a reasonable price often leads Chicago drivers to browse our used and certified pre-owned vehicles. However, not everyone may fully understand the difference when comparing used vs. certified pre-owned. These two classes of cars are both used vehicles, but they differ in perks, pricing, and sometimes condition. To help you pick the vehicle that best fits your finances and needs, review Mercedes-Benz of Chicago’s guide to used vs. CPO cars below! 

What is a Certified Used Vehicle?

OW_CPOWhile regular used vehicles are simply vehicles that have had a previous owner, certified pre-owned vehicles are held to higher standards. For a vehicle to qualify as certified pre-owned, it must pass the strict criteria set forth by the manufacturer’s CPO program. This can include:

  • Passing multi-point inspections
  • Coming with a vehicle history report
  • Meeting age/mileage requirements
  • Backed by warranty coverage
  • And more!

Used vs. CPO Benefits

While a certified pre-owned program can provide additional peace of mind for Cook County shoppers, both variations of used vehicles have their advantages. 

Used Vehicles

  • Less expensive than certified used models
  • Have still been checked by a mechanic to ensure reliability
  • Offer more room for price negotiation
  • Some dealers offer available extended warranties for purchase 

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • Come with warranty
  • Have passed a rigorous inspection
  • Are newer and lower mileage
  • May have more advanced features (due to their more recent model year)

Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned: Which is Right for You?

If your main concern is price, a used vehicle is generally less expensive than a certified used model. Additionally, you can find reliable used models if you shop smart by looking up vehicle history reports, requesting service records, and taking the vehicle to a reputable mechanic to get it checked. However, if you’re interested in finding a like-new vehicle with the latest features for a lower price point, a certified used model is your best bet. It’ll provide you with a newer model that has been thoroughly inspected and comes with generous warranty coverage, so you can be confident in your purchase. 

Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Platinum Vehicles

If you’re interested in driving a Mercedes-Benz E-Class or GLS through the Chicago streets, then the exclusive Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Platinum program at Mercedes-Benz of Chicago offers exceptional protections to ensure the vehicle you’re driving lives up to Mercedes-Benz reputation. With the Mercedes-Benz CPO Platinum program, vehicles:

Explore Our Used vs. CPO Inventory at Mercedes-Benz of Chicago!

Have more questions about used vs. certified pre-owned vehicles? Want to see the difference for yourself with some live examples at our Chicago showroom? Contact us today at Mercedes-Benz of Chicago! We can answer questions, schedule a test drive, and discuss our certified used vehicle specials

View Used & Certified Pre-Owned Inventory

  • Lease for $679/mo. for 36 months

    $3,999 due at signing
    Offer expires: 06/01/2020.

    Closed end lease financing available through June 1st, 2020 for a Certified Pre-Owned, Next to New 2020 GLE 350 4MATIC SUV. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $65,650 and below, destination charges, excluding title, tax, options, accessories, and dealer fees. $3,999 due at signing excludes first month’s payment, acquisition fee, tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. 36 month lease term. Monthly payments total $24,444. Subject to credit approval. No security deposit required. Lessee responsible for maintenance, repairs, excessive wear and tear, and excess mileage over 10,000 miles/year at the rate of $0.25/mile. VIN 4JGFB4KB2LA037667 used for example. Please see dealer for more details.

  • Lease for $679/mo. for 36 months

    $3,999 due at signing
    Offer expires: 06/01/2020.

    Closed end lease financing available through June 1st, 2020 for a Certified Pre-Owned, Next to New 2020 GLE 350 4MATIC SUV. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $65,650 and below, destination charges, excluding title, tax, options, accessories, and dealer fees. $3,999 due at signing excludes first month’s payment, acquisition fee, tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. 36 month lease term. Monthly payments total $24,444. Subject to credit approval. No security deposit required. Lessee responsible for maintenance, repairs, excessive wear and tear, and excess mileage over 10,000 miles/year at the rate of $0.25/mile. VIN 4JGFB4KB2LA037667 used for example. Please see dealer for more details.

  • Lease for $529/mo. for 36 months

    $3,999 due at signing
    Offer expires: 06/01/2020.

    Closed end lease financing available through June 1st, 2020 for a Certified Pre-Owned, Next to New 2020 E 350 4MATIC Sedan. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $62,695 and below, destination charges, excluding title, tax, options, accessories, and dealer fees. $3,999 due at signing excludes first month’s payment, acquisition fee, tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. 36 month lease term. Monthly payments total $19,044. Subject to credit approval. No security deposit required. Lessee responsible for maintenance, repairs, excessive wear and tear, and excess mileage over 10,000 miles/year at the rate of $0.25/mile. VIN WDDZF8EB9LA714549 used for example. Please see dealer for more details.

  • Lease for $529/mo. for 36 months

    $3,999 due at signing
    Offer expires: 06/01/2020.

    Closed end lease financing available through June 1st, 2020 for a Certified Pre-Owned, Next to New 2020 E 350 4MATIC Sedan. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $62,695 and below, destination charges, excluding title, tax, options, accessories, and dealer fees. $3,999 due at signing excludes first month’s payment, acquisition fee, tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. 36 month lease term. Monthly payments total $19,044. Subject to credit approval. No security deposit required. Lessee responsible for maintenance, repairs, excessive wear and tear, and excess mileage over 10,000 miles/year at the rate of $0.25/mile. VIN WDDZF8EB9LA714549 used for example. Please see dealer for more details.

  • Lease for $679/mo. for 36 months

    $3,999 due at signing
    Offer expires: 06/01/2020.

    Closed end lease financing available through June 1st, 2020 for a Certified Pre-Owned, Next to New 2020 GLE 350 4MATIC SUV. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $65,650 and below, destination charges, excluding title, tax, options, accessories, and dealer fees. $3,999 due at signing excludes first month’s payment, acquisition fee, tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. 36 month lease term. Monthly payments total $24,444. Subject to credit approval. No security deposit required. Lessee responsible for maintenance, repairs, excessive wear and tear, and excess mileage over 10,000 miles/year at the rate of $0.25/mile. VIN 4JGFB4KB2LA037667 used for example. Please see dealer for more details.

*Services and pricing for Service A/Service B may vary due to your driving habits, mileage, and local environmental conditions. Please refer to your maintenance booklet for additional details and general guidelines for your vehicle’s year and model.

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