Decoding Your Car Buying Experience: Pre-Owned vs. Certified Pre-Owned Inventory

When you're on the hunt for your next vehicle near Parsippany or Dover, NJ, you'll find a range of technical terms that might muddle your shopping experience. Performance Lincoln wants to help you make sense of the terminology so you can find exactly what you're looking for. Whether it's Certified Pre-Owned or Pre-Owned, the differences will have a big impact on your ownership experience for years to come.

Defining Pre-Owned

When you find pre-owned Lincoln models at our dealership near Morristown, NJ, you'll be getting high-quality vehicles that have already been owned by at least one other driver. This means you'll pay a great price, but there are other benefits to pre-owned vehicles that you might not even realize. First, pre-owned vehicles are less expensive to insure, so you'll be able to keep more money in your pocket to do the things you love.

Even better, you'll avoid the rapid depreciation of a brand-new vehicle so you'll spend less time upside down on your car loan which gives you plenty of options to work with. You can sell your vehicle while you're still making payments and get more than you owe, or you can continue to own the vehicle through the end of the term and feel great about owning a vehicle that has done well to hold its value.

The Certified Pre-Owned Difference

When you want all of the benefits of a pre-owned vehicle but a warranty is important to you, you'll want to turn to Certified Pre-Owned models from our dealership near Denville.

For starters, each Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln model available at our dealership will go through a 200-point inspection and reconditioning process to help guarantee performance, reliability, and safety. The first step is to check the VIN to ensure that the vehicle has not been tampered with in any way. From there service recalls are performed if necessary, and we'll obtain the vehicle history report that you will also have access to when you visit our dealership. Any scheduled maintenance that hasn't yet been taken care of will be performed, and a state inspection will be done.

Moving on, the remainder on of the 200-point inspection includes checking the engine both at start and idle to detect any potential issues. If the vehicle has a remote start system, it will also be looked at, and smooth power delivery and engine noise are both scrutinized to ensure a satisfying drive. The same attention is paid to the transmission and brakes, where audio, visual, and road-test inspections are done to ensure everything is in good working order.

Exterior panels and paintwork are checked for any damage as well, so you'll won't have to worry about rust or chipped paint when you bring home a Certified Lincoln. We'll even check the glass surfaces and lighting for damage and operation before moving on to the rest of the vehicle. By the time all is said and done, nearly every component is checked before a pre-owned Lincoln earns its Certified status, but the benefits don't end there for you.

Certified Warranty

Each Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln model at our dealership will also come with the remainder of a six-year, 100,000 mile warranty that originates from the first owner's purchase of the vehicle. Both parts and labor will be included with any qualifying warranty repairs, and we'll even tow you to the nearest Lincoln service center free of charge.

Visit Our Dealership Today!

Whether you want the cost-savings of a pre-owned model or the peace of mind of a Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln, you'll find plenty of both at our dealership. Visit us for even more details about the Lincoln Certified program and take some cars and SUVs for a test drive today!


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