When you are looking at new Hondas, do not overlook the sections of the dealership's lot containing used Hondas and pre-owned Hondas. If you are scratching your head when it comes to the words "used, " and "pre-owned," you are not alone. Here are some distinguishing features and the degrees between these two categories of cars for sale.
Used means anything from a couple hundred miles on the odometer to a vehicle that is ten years old. It may have had one owner, or no owners, and it can also mean that it has been sitting on the lot for five years. Used is a very general term that covers any vehicle with any amount of mileage on it, including vehicles that the dealers just drove around the lot, down the street to the car wash and back, or drove home for a night and brought the cars back the next day. There are varying degrees of "used," and the degrees are all based on the condition of the vehicles, the functionality of all of the vehicles' systems, and the signs of rust or no rust.
Pre-owned typically means that you are looking at a fairly new vehicle that probably had only one owner (or possibly two, at the most). Most pre-owned vehicles were leased vehicles, and thus they were kept up quite well by the dealership while the customers drove the vehicles. That is good news for you because it means that you can purchase a vehicle for less, and get a vehicle that is still in excellent shape in spite of any miles on the odometer. If you are really lucky, you might even get a pre-owned vehicle from a former lease that ended up with less than a couple thousand miles on it.
Which Is Better or Cheaper?
If you are going to buy a car then, which do you purchase? If the whole point is to get a cheaper car, you should buy a used vehicle on the cheaper end of the used spectrum. If your whole goal is to get a better-than-used vehicle for less than a new car price, then go with the pre-owned vehicle. It is very easy to find a pre-owned vehicle with very low mileage and nearly no evidence of the vehicle ever being used. That is the next best thing to buying a brand new vehicle for yourself.