Buying A Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac
You are in the market for a new set of wheels, but you are worried about money. Maybe your current car has reached the end of the line. Maybe you just want to drive something better than what you currently have. You’re probably thinking, “I’d love to buy a brand new car, but they are so expensive.” However, if you buy used, you might be able to get a deal on a luxury car, like a Cadillac. That’s because used cars can often cost as little as half the price of a similar new car. So, you get in your current vehicle and cruise into downtown Fort Worth, looking at the different dealerships. However, you’ve heard some horror stories from friends and coworkers about being taken for a ride from some disreputable used car dealers. This is where you have to know what is meant by Certified Pre-Owned or CPO. Getting to know the difference between used vs CPO can save you a great deal of heartache and money. Buying a pre owned Cadillac from a reputable dealer like us at Frank Kent Cadillac can be the key to the search for your next vehicle.
What is a Used Car?
Any car, truck, or SUV that you purchase or finance that has had at least one prior owner is a used car. This can be a company car used by the employees of a private enterprise or a governmental entity. It can be a vehicle that was rented out by a car rental agency like Hertz, Enterprise, or Avis. It can even be a car you buy from your next-door neighbor. If it has had at least one prior owner before you, then it is a used car.
But how much do you know about the used vehicle? Unless you are a trained mechanic and can look under the hood to get a sense of its engine, not really a whole lot. You can take it out for a test drive, but that is about it. And if you are buying the vehicle at an impound auction, they won’t even let you do that much.
If you are able to get the Vehicle Identification Number, you can order a Carfax or AutoCheck report. These reports will tell you about the prior owners, give you a service history for the vehicle, and let you know if the vehicle has been in an accident. This is all very helpful information. However, the Carfax report will cost you $39.95, and the AutoCheck will set you back $24.99. You can also hire a mechanic to inspect the vehicle if you get the permission of the owner. This is crucial since you should never buy something like a car or a house without having done your proper due diligence.
The only problem with all of this is that you have spent a lot of time and money checking out a car, truck, or SUV that you may not end up buying. Think about it: you may have just spent several hundred dollars on inspections and reports, only to find out that the used car you are looking at is a lemon. Chances are if you are already in the market for a used car, you are dealing with a tight budget. You can’t go around spending hundreds of dollars on inspecting other people’s vehicles. Also, if you are like me, you don’t have time to waste on this search for a used car. Time may be our most precious commodity. This is where it comes in handy to deal with a dealership like Frank Kent Cadillac that can sell you a Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac, and give you the peace of mind you desire when looking to buy a used vehicle.
The Benefits of Buying a CPO Vehicle
Like most automakers, Cadillac runs a CPO program for recently pre-owned Cadillac cars and SUVs. In order to participate in the program, a Cadillac franchised dealership must be chosen as a Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Dealer.
There are a number of benefits built into the Cadillac CPO program. First, only used Cadillac vehicles that are in the highest condition of quality are chosen to be eligible as CPO. This involves a service history that is proven to include maintenance by the service departments at factory dealerships. Second, the vehicle will undergo a thorough inspection by Cadillac’s expert technicians. This means that all interior and exterior features will be inspected, including the vehicle’s engine, transmission, and drivetrain. The technicians will also check to make sure that any open recalls will be repaired before the vehicle is certified for sale. This is a full, 172-point inspection and reconditioning process that makes sure that your Cadillac CPO car or SUV is as good as new.
If you purchase a Cadillac CPO vehicle, you will be able to have it serviced at any Cadillac dealer nationwide. This is just like buying a new Cadillac. In addition, Cadillac provides a 6-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. This means that the CPO vehicle is warrantied for the earlier of 6 years or 100,000 miles. Many automotive companies do not provide a warranty of this length for their new vehicles. This warranty is also fully transferable, so if you subsequently sell your Cadillac CPO car or SUV to a third party, they will be able to receive the remaining portion of the warranty. Cadillac is putting its money where its mouth is. Also, you will receive 24-hour roadside assistance for the life of the vehicle’s limited warranty. This includes courtesy transportation if your Cadillac CPO vehicle needs to be in the shop for an extended period.
All Cadillac CPO vehicles come with a complimentary vehicle report. Therefore, you won’t have to take the time and spend the money to purchase an AutoCheck or Carfax report. Cadillac’s CPO program takes all the mystery, added expense, and aggravation out of buying a used Cadillac car or SUV. All of the reports and inspections you would have to go to the trouble of ordering are already taken care of.
Ultimate Cost of CPO vs Used
CPO vehicles typically cost more than the same used vehicle with the same mileage and age, from a purely Kelley Bluebook standpoint. This is because of the added benefits that come with a CPO vehicle, including the inspections, repairs, warranty, and reports. However, while buying a CPO Cadillac will probably cost a little more than buying the same used Cadillac outside of the CPO program, it may actually be more cost-effective in the long run to buy CPO. By buying a Cadillac CPO car or vehicle from us at Frank Kent Cadillac, you will have an enjoyable buying experience without the heartache and aggravation typically associated with buying a used car. Come see us at Frank Kent Cadillac and drive out with the Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned luxury car or SUV of your dreams. We are conveniently located at 3500 W. Loop 820 South in Fort Worth. Come in today to check out our great deals on Pre-Owned and Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac cars and SUVs!