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You have a lot of decisions to make when shopping for a vehicle, one of the most important of which is whether you want a new Ford or used model. There is, however, a third option that presents you with the best of both worlds: a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle that provides you with great peace of mind at a reasonable price. CPO vehicles are among the most popular options on the market, yet many people still do not understand everything they have to offer, which results in customers overlooking great options and missing out.

While a CPO vehicle is not necessarily the right choice for everyone, they do bring a lot to the table and deliver an excellent overall value. CPO programs can vary significantly from one manufacturer to another; Ford has one of the best programs out there since they have not one but two different categories of CPO models to choose from. This makes it easier to find exactly what you are looking for and get a great car, truck, or SUV that you can rely on for many years.

What Is a CPO Vehicle?

A lot of people think that a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is just a fancy way of saying a “pre-owned” or “used” model, but that is far from the case. They do have some similarities, however, such as the fact that any used or Certified Pre-Owned model has been owned or driven on a lease by someone else rather than offered as a new vehicle straight from the manufacturer. Beyond that, however, CPO vehicles have to meet strict criteria set by the manufacturer to ensure they are in excellent condition, and they come with benefits that you will not find on other used cars.

This combination of “new” and “used” features is what makes CPO models so attractive to many people shopping for a vehicle. They land in a sort of “middle ground” between the other two options; you can find CPO models at a lower price than comparable new vehicles, but they provide you with greater peace of mind than a used vehicle typically will. The benefits of this combination cannot be overstated, and a great CPO model represents the best of what new and used vehicles have to offer.

What Sets Certifed Pre-Owned Models Apart?

The exact terms of any CPO vehicle will depend on the brand you are looking at because manufacturers set the conditions for their CPO models. Beyond the specifics, however, most CPO models have certain things in common such as strict requirements that must be met. In general, any CPO vehicle you find will have to be fairly new and have relatively low mileage on it since the manufacturer sets limits on the age and mileage for all of their CPO vehicles.

In addition to these requirements, you will also find a number of impressive benefits on CPO models, such as warranty coverage from the manufacturer. This is one of the biggest perks of choosing a CPO vehicle since you typically have to buy a new model to get similar warranty protection from the maker of that car, truck, or SUV. The terms for this coverage can vary from one brand to another, but in general, they go beyond what you might find on other used models.

Some brands will also offer a number of other benefits on their CPO models, further boosting the value of these vehicles. Most manufacturers offer a single option for their CPO vehicles––so each used car you look at will either be a CPO model or it will not be. Unlike the rest, however, Ford actually provides two different standards for their Ford Blue Advantage Certified vehicles: Gold Certified and Blue Certified. Both of these categories ensure you get an excellent car that you can enjoy for a long time, with more flexibility to find exactly what you need.

Ford Gold Certified

Of the two standards set by Ford, Gold Certified is the most exclusive and has stricter requirements with greater long-term benefits for you. This also makes them typically priced higher than Blue Certified vehicles, but that all comes down to finding exactly which option is right for you. Terms for Gold Certified vehicles include:

  • Less than 6 years old; no more than 80,000 miles
  • Pass an extensive 172-point inspection
  • 7-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
  • 12-Month/12,000-Mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty

In addition to these benefits, every Ford Gold Certified vehicle comes with a CARFAX Vehicle History Report to ensure it is in fantastic condition and to verify what is found during the inspection. You also get 24/7 Roadside Assistance for the duration of the powertrain limited warranty, providing you with even greater peace of mind. Ford recently made Gold Certified vehicles even better with a 14-day/1,000-mile money-back guarantee on these models, ensuring you will love your vehicle after you drive away.

Ford Blue Certified

If you want a Ford Blue Advantage vehicle, but a Gold Certified model does not fit your budget, then a Blue Certified option is a great choice. These vehicles still have to meet Ford’s high standards, but they are a bit more forgiving, so there are more Blue Certified options on the market. Every Blue Certified vehicle includes:

  • Less than 10 years old; no more than 120,000 miles
  • Pass a thorough 139-point inspection
  • 90-Day/4,000-Mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty

As you can see, the requirements are not as strict, and the warranty coverage is not as extensive as a Gold Certified vehicle, but there is still protection for your investment in your next car. Perhaps best of all, Blue Certified models come with the same fantastic 14-day/1,000-mile money back guaranteed as Gold Certified vehicles, so you can make sure you are happy with your ride after you drive away. You also still get a CARFAX Vehicle History Report with these models, so you have peace of mind with a car you love at a price that fits your budget.

Is A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Right for You?

Whether you choose a Ford Blue Advantage model or a CPO vehicle from another brand like Chevy, you can see that these models have a lot to offer. It is important to note, however, that you will only find Certified Pre-Owned vehicles at dealerships authorized by the original manufacturer to offer them. You will not find CPO models when buying from a private seller, and a lot of used car lots cannot offer them since they are not approved by a manufacturer to do so. Choosing the right dealership ensures you have access to a wide range of fantastic cars, trucks, and SUVs, including CPO models that provide you with fantastic peace of mind at a great price. You deserve to choose from great vehicles you will love for many miles to come, which is why you should choose our own DePaula Ford. At DePaula Ford, you will find the perfect Gold or Blue Certified vehicle for your needs.

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