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355 West Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT, 06830

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Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Thu9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Collision Center Hours:
  • Mon - Thu7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Thu7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Thu7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SunClosed

What is the Difference Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles?


You’ve no doubt seen lots of ads from Greenwich dealers for both used cars and certified pre-owned (CPO) cars. What’s the difference? Is there a difference? Which is better? We sell both at BMW of Greenwich, and we believe that all of our pre-owned cars are high-quality, reliable vehicles. But there is a difference. We want you to make an informed choice when you try to decide between CPO vs used, so let’s talk about the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles in depth!

CPO vs. Used: The Reliability of Certification

So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? It’s not hard to understand. Everyone knows what a used car is. It was owned and driven by somebody before ending up back at a Riverside dealership. Certified pre-owned vehicles are also used. But they have gone through a rigorous inspection process and must meet strict qualifications. Here’s what qualifies a pre-owned BMW as certified:

  • Must be thoroughly inspected, reconditioned, and approved by a BMW inspection team of BMW trained technicians, Service Managers, and Pre-Owned Managers.
  • Maintenance record must be up-to-date
  • Must have genuine BMW parts
  • Must have CARFAX and AutoCheck report
  • Must have no more than 60,000 miles on the odometer
  • Must pass an extensive examination and inspection by BMW factory-trained technicians.
  • If there is a problem that can not be fixed, the vehicle cannot be certified

Certified pre-owned vehicles also tend to be newer than the average new vehicle. That means you can get more of the latest BMW X5 interior features, or expect a more efficient drive.

CPO vs Used: Warranties and Protection

Generally, used cars are protected if they are still under the new car warranty. BMW adds extra protection to certified pre-owned vehicles. This is an important difference between used and certified pre-owned. Here’s how BMW backs up its CPO vehicles:

  • A complete vehicle maintenance history report is provided at time of purchase
  • BMW Certified Protection Plan – this plan adds 1 year and unlimited miles of protection after the expiration of the 4 year/50,000 mile Limited Warranty that comes with new BMW vehicles.
  • 24 hour, 365 day a year complimentary roadside assistance (for peace of mind while traveling along Rye roads)
  • Complimentary service loaners or alternative transportation for the duration of the protection plan anytime you service your vehicle with a BMW dealership.

Still not sure of why you should buy BMW? We’ve got you covered.

CPO vs Used: Price

CPO vehicles usually cost a little more than other used vehicles. But when you factor in the extra protection and our CPO offers, buying certified pre-owned is often the better deal. That goes double if you’re searching for a model that you can own for years to come!

Test Drive One of Our Quality Pre-Owned BMW Vehicles

Now that you know what the difference is between used and certified pre-owned vehicles, you’re all set to come in and check out the reliable pre-owned cars on our lot. We make it easy for you to get behind the wheel of your next car. You can even apply for financing online! We’re just a short drive away from Cos Cob. So drop by or contact us today.

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355 West Putnam Ave • Greenwich, CT 06830

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Open Today! Sales: 9am-7pm

Open Today! Service: 7:30am-7pm

Open Today! Parts: 7:30am-7pm

BMW of Greenwich 41.0227633, -73.638578.