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When the time comes to buy your next vehicle, there are many things you'll want to consider. Two of the most important factors are the cost and the condition. For many buyers, it's hard to find something that meets both these needs, as the vehicles in the best condition (the newest ones) also cost the most. This is where certified pre-owned vehicles can help. If you've never heard of certified pre-owned or you just want to know more, here we explain how they work, the benefits of choosing one, and how to find one that's right for you.

What Is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

A certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle is a type of used vehicle. Car manufacturers such as Chevrolet and GMC have CPO programs that allow certain used vehicles to obtain certified status. Used vehicles must pass a rigorous inspection process and meet certain requirements before they are declared as certified. The CPO vehicles we offer must all:

  • Have passed a 172-point vehicle inspection.

  • Have been manufactured within the past six years.

  • Have a maximum of 75,000 miles on the clock.

  • Have passed a vehicle history report.

  • Have a clean title.

These requirements help ensure that only vehicles in the best condition earn certification. With the CPO program, buyers can find a nice balance between the luxury of a new vehicle and the cost savings of a used one.

Benefits of Buying a CPO Vehicle

Buyers can get some great benefits when they choose a CPO vehicle. These benefits include:

Lower Cost

One of the main reasons to opt for a CPO vehicle is the lower cost compared to buying a brand-new car. New vehicles lose much of their value within the first few years. However, to obtain certified status, CPO vehicles can't be over a certain age. This means you can pay a lot less money, despite it being relatively new. For buyers who are working within a budget or for those who can't afford some of the newer models, getting a CPO vehicle is a great way to get something newer than your current ride without spending too much.


Used vehicles must have been manufactured within the past six years and have no more than 75,000 miles on the odometer to achieve certified status. This means they have relatively little wear and tear, making them less prone to breaking down. In addition, CPO vehicles go through a lengthy inspection process, during which vehicle technicians make sure there are no significant problems with the vehicle. All this combines to ensure that, when you buy a CPO vehicle, you're getting something that you can rely on.

Wide Selection

Finally, there's a wide selection of CPO vehicles available. One reason for this is that CPO vehicles encompass multiple manufacturing years, so you get access to any vehicle made within those years rather than just the current year. We have the following types of CPO vehicles available in our inventory:

This means you have a wider range of vehicles to choose from, as you don't need to stick with just one manufacturer. Having more vehicles to choose from means it's easier to find the perfect vehicle for your needs.

How To Choose a CPO Vehicle

If you're interested in buying a CPO vehicle from Seminole Chevrolet GMC, there are a few things you can do to make sure you select the right one.

Consider Your Needs

First, think about what type of car you need. Do you need something with three rows of seats, or do you just need a small sedan? What sort of entertainment features do you want in your car? How much cargo space will you need? These are the sorts of questions you'll want to ask yourself to help narrow down your options. It's often helpful to create two lists: one with all the things you need in a vehicle and one with all the things you'd like to have but aren't necessarily essential.

Determine Your Budget

Next, think about your budget. How much can you afford to pay for vehicle expenses each month? Remember there are multiple things to factor into how much you spend on your vehicle. For example, in addition to making payments on your auto loan, you'll also need to pay for vehicle insurance and gas. Getting a more fuel-efficient vehicle may save you money at the pump, while a vehicle with more safety features may lower your insurance costs. Keep your personal budget in mind while shopping for your new car to ensure you don't end up with something you can't afford.

Explore CPO Options

Once you have a better idea of what you're looking for in a vehicle and how much you can afford to pay, you can start exploring CPO options. You'll find our latest CPO inventory on our website, where you can also learn more about each vehicle. Browse through our selection, then start to narrow down your choices based on what best fits your needs.

Take a Test Drive

Finally, when you have a good idea as to which CPO vehicles interest you, visit our Seminole dealership for a test drive. We can set you up with the vehicle that interests you and let you get a better feel for it. This is often the best way to determine whether a car is right for you before you buy it. While you're here, we can also answer any questions you may have about our CPO vehicles, helping you to make the right choice.

Finding Your Next CPO Vehicle at Seminole Chevrolet GMC

If you think that you might like a CPO vehicle, Seminole Chevrolet GMC is here to help. We have a wide selection of vehicles for you to browse online. We're also ready to assist you further, whether you need advice on selecting a vehicle or have questions about a specific model. To ask us any questions or schedule an appointment at our dealership to view a CPO vehicle in person, contact us today.