Certified Pre-Owned Auto Dealerships Pacific MO

Is it really worth the extra $750 to $2,500 over the sticker price of a run-of-the-mill used car , though? After all, you’re buying used because you don’t want to spend the money on a brand-new ride. Why dish out the extra dough?

Tri County Motors
(636) 257-8300
2297 W Osage St
Pacific, MO

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Car Credit City Llc
(636) 938-9904
1721 W 5th St
Eureka, MO

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Larry Hogland Preowned Ctr
(636) 671-0800
4571 Gravois Rd
House Springs, MO

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Fairway Auto Sales
(636) 390-4999
5251 Highway 47
Washington, MO

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Bbc Motors
(636) 349-5530
1649 Springdale Blvd
Fenton, MO

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Holt Motor Co
(636) 938-7780
105 E 5th St
Eureka, MO

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Wildwood Motors
(636) 458-1995
17330 Manchester Rd
Glencoe, MO

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Dulin Creek Enterprises
(636) 671-0933
4613 Dulin Creek Rd
House Springs, MO

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141 Auto Sales
(636) 343-8454
1637 S Old Highway 141
Fenton, MO

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Wilson Towing
(636) 349-3228
2605 S Old Highway 141
Fenton, MO

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Certified Pre-Owned: What's It Worth to You?

Certified Pre-Owned: What's It Worth To You? By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributing Editor 


Picking up a certified pre-owned, or CPO , car can take much of the worry out of buying a used car and save you some serious cash. At least that’s what the smiling salesperson at the dealership tells you. Is it really worth the extra $750 to $2,500 over the sticker price of a run-of-the-mill used car , though? After all, you’re buying used because you don’t want to spend the money on a brand-new ride. Why dish out the extra dough? 
 

As it turns out, certified pre-owned is well worth the initial investment, no matter what kind of car you’re buying. According to James Bell, editor and publisher of Intellichoice , you may pay a little more in the beginning, but cost savings in the form of vehicle repair and a small nudge in the resale department help to offset those costs. Plus there’s the added benefit of peace of mind, and that’s hard to put a price on. 
 
Bell says that economy car buyers can expect to pay somewhere between $750 -1,500 more for a certified pre-owned vehicle versus a similar, non-certified car. Luxury buyers, on the other hand, can expect to shell out a little more when it comes time to buy. If you’re in the market for something with a little more prestige, get ready to hand over $1,500-2,700 over the cost of a comparable used vehicle. 
 
The difference is in the quality of the product.
 
“It varies a little from program to program, but usually certified pre-owned cars are no more than four or five years old with 60-70,000 miles on them,” Bell said.
 
They also haven’t had any significant damage or repairs in their history and have been subjected to an intense inspection process with over 100 specific points. Manufacturers are so certain their CPO cars are worth what they’re asking, companies offer extended warranties for the vehicles, much like a brand new car would receive. It’s that warranty that makes the whole process worth it. If you buy a used car from your neighbor down the street and three months later the transmission falls out on your driveway, odds are you’re going to be stuck with the bill. That’s not the case with a certified car, as most extended warranties cover significant drivetrain failure.
 
Of course, there are other benefits to buying a certified pre-owned car. The biggest of these is the fact that the car you’re buying has already gone through a significant amount of its depreciation. Most sources say a new car loses 20 to 40 percent of its value in the first two years of being off the lot. That’s no small chunk of change, but it means that waiting around a few years for the car you’re after could save you on average $12,000 on what was a $40,000 car. Talk about a smart move.
 
Manufacturers have also made it easier to get financing for a certif...

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