The difference between a used car and Certified Pre-Owned? A lot like the difference between night and day

Before you sign on the dotted line for just another used car, take a really good look at our Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Ford models at Marcotte Ford in Holyoke, MA. Once you discover how much better these vehicles are than even a "very good" used car, you'll see why we recommend them to people in Chicopee and Westfield MA. These CPO Ford cars, trucks and SUVs are the closest thing to "new" you can buy, yet the price is still "used."


If you are in the market for a car or truck but also want to save a lot of money, a pre-owned vehicle is your solution. When shopping for your pre-owned vehicle, how can you know if you are really getting a good deal? How can you know that the money you save won't have to go into extensive repairs down the road? Certified pre-owned vehicles are backed by manufacturers and are available at competitive prices.

Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used Vehicles

If you want to be certain that you are making a smart investment on a quality used vehicle, be sure to choose a car, truck, or SUV that has been designated certified pre-owned. Unlike the average used car that you might buy from a private seller or dealer, a certified pre-owned car or truck undergoes a rigorous inspection. Any damaged or worn parts are replaced before the vehicle is put on the market. If you purchased a used car without this certification, you'll likely have to pay for this service yourself.

Certified pre-owned vehicles also come with an extended manufacturer's warranty, a limited bumper-to-bumper warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance, and other great benefits. For a non-certified used vehicle, the warranty is only transferable if it is still in effect, which is not always the case.

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

When you buy a Ford certified pre-owned car or truck, you are investing in quality. Each vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection, be less than six years old, and have fewer than 80,000 miles. Its CARFAX history report must demonstrate that it has a clean title and that it meets Ford's high standards.

Very few cars can become Ford CPO models, and you want one of the few that do

The Certified Pre-Owned program at Marcotte Ford is called Ford Blue Advantage. Just to qualify, a pre-owned vehicle must be fairly young and come with lower-than-average miles. But even those higher quality models are still a long way from being good enough for our valued CPO customers in Springfield and West Springfield MA. The road to that designation is a tough one and many good used Ford vehicles never make it to the winner's circle.

The path to becoming CPO passes through a daunting multi-point inspection

Imagine one of our most demanding service technicians examining a used car to see if it's good enough to be called "Certified Pre-Owned." That's what happens with our multi-point CPO inspection. One of our most skillful service specialists makes sure the basic mechanical condition and cosmetics are at a high level. He checks he most important components like engine, transmission, brakes, battery, you name it, he probably checks it.

A potential CPO model must score well through the entire test. It can't have significant damage. Wear-and-tear components like tires and brakes must be in very good condition or they get replaced with new Ford parts. Any needed maintenance like oil and filter changes are done as a matter of course. In short, this vehicle comes out better than it came in, and it had better measure up to our standards or you won't see it in our CPO inventory.

Two first-class tiers of Ford CPO quality: Blue and Gold

Our Blue Certified Ford models can include vehicles with under 120,000 miles that are no older than 10 years. These pre-owned Ford vehicles must then pass a rigorous 139-point inspection. Those that meet this standard receive a 90-day/4,000-mile warranty and come with 24-hour roadside assistance during the warranty period.

The bar for our Gold Certified vehicles is at an even higher level, and so are the rewards. For the Gold level, we start with pre-owned Ford models that are no older than 6 years and have under 80,000 miles on the odometer. These very elite vehicles then get a comprehensive limited warranty covering numerous parts for 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. But that's not all they get.

Our Gold Certified pre-owned Ford models come with an amazing limited powertrain warranty for 7 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. That's better than you can get on most new cars. With this kind of quality, it's clear that the difference between our CPO models and mere "used cars" is truly night and day. The extra cost for one of our CPO Ford models might be the best automotive investment you've ever made.

Our online specials and custom-tailored financing help make these vehicles more affordable

Get a Certified Pre-Owned Ford that can help you skip the frequent repairs and unexciting appearance you get with many used cars. Browse our current CPO vehicles online, including the legendary F-150 pickup and Ford Explorer SUVs, then fill out our financing application to see how much you're qualified to finance. When you find a CPO model you love, contact us at Marcotte Ford in Holyoke, MA and drive away with what may be your best automotive bargain ever.

Make an Inquiry