Certified vs Pre-Owned

Do you want to learn more about the key differences between certified and pre-owned vehicles? At BMW of Norwood, we offer a selection of both types of cars to drivers like you throughout the Norwood, Westwood, and Dedham, MA, areas. We created this certified vs. pre-owned comparison to help you find a vehicle that will meet your needs.

Differences Between Certified Pre-Owned & Pre-Owned Vehicles

Certified pre-owned vehicles have had a previous owner; however, they have been thoroughly vetted and inspected to ensure they are in the best possible condition. Since each manufacturer certifies their own vehicles, the certification process and benefits vary based on the maker.

Pre-owned vehicles have also had at least one previous owner, though they have not undergone an inspection or certification process. In the chart below, you can see an overview of the main differences between these two types of cars:

Certified Pre-Owned
Has had one or more previous owners Has had one or more previous owners
Must meet certain criteria Does not need to meet any criteria
Has passed a multi-point vehicle inspection Has not passed a multi-point vehicle inspection
Includes additional benefits (manufacturer-backed warranty coverage, roadside assistance, etc.) Does not include special benefits, but you may have the option to add extra coverage
Includes a comprehensive CARFAX™ or AutoCheck® report Does not include a CARFAX™ or AutoCheck® report, but you can obtain one online


At our dealership, we have a selection of BMW Certified vehicles as well as pre-owned BMW models and options from other top trusted manufacturers.

BMW Certified Benefits

BMW Certified BenefitsBMW Certified vehicles have more than 300 miles but fewer than 60,000 miles on their odometers. Along with that, they need to have an up-to-date maintenance history and been repaired using only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) BMW parts.

They must also pass a comprehensive 360-degree vehicle inspection and road test. If anything needs to be refurbished, a BMW-certified technician completes the repairs using only genuine BMW parts. Once they become certified, these BMW vehicles come with the following benefits:

  • BMW Assist eCall
  • BMW Assist™ Safety Plan
  • 3 months of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • BMW Roadside Assistance for up to six years
  • 1-year/unlimited-mile BMW Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty

Along with these perks, certified BMW owners receive complimentary service loaners or alternative transportation for the duration of the protection plan from a BMW dealership.

Which One is Best for You: Certified or Pre-Owned?

Either a certified or pre-owned vehicle may suit you better depending on several factors, such as your desired price range, mileage, make, model, year, and additional features. If you would like to learn more about certified vs. pre-owned cars, you can check out our other informative pages, including:

You can start your search for a certified or pre-owned vehicle directly on our website from the comfort of your own home.

When one of the vehicles in our inventory catches your eye, you can then schedule a test drive to get some firsthand experience and compare your options before making a final decision. One of our team members will be there to answer any questions you may have along the way.

Find Your Next Certified or Pre-Owned Vehicle Today

Whether you want a certified pre-owned BMW or another type of pre-owned car, we can help you find your automotive match. Contact us at BMW of Norwood to schedule a test drive near Norwood, Westwood, and Dedham, Massachusetts, today.

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