Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Car FAQs

Handing Over Car KeysAre you in the market for an upgraded vehicle but not sure if you should buy new or used? At Sheridan Ford, you can get the best of both worlds with a certified pre-owned model. These combine the perks of brand-new vehicles with the value of used ones, allowing you to hit the streets of Wilmington, New Castle, and Newark, Delaware, in confidence.
However, if you’re new to the world of certified cars, you probably have a lot of questions. Luckily, our Ford dealership has the answers and has provided them for you in our “Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Car FAQs” page right below.

Q: What is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

A certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle is a special type of model that drivers all around the nation covet. Though they have hit the road before like your everyday used vehicle, they must earn this title by meeting several requirements.

As a Ford dealer, we’re proud to stock certified pre-owned Ford models with the Ford Blue Advantage program. They have two different sets of qualifications—both detailed in the graph below.

Blue Certified

Gold Certified

Multi-Point Certified Inspection



Model Year

Up to 10 years old

Up to 6 years old


Less than 12,000 miles

Less than 80,000 miles

Q: Where Should I Look for a CPO Car?

Ford Logo on GrilleIf you’re considering one of these incredibly reliable models, a great place to start your shopping journey is right here at our Certified Ford dealership. Our inventory is complete with your favorite models, and best of all, they come packed with perks!

Whether you need a sedan, crossover, SUV, or truck, each model comes with the following ownership benefits that make your drives even better.

  • Manufacturer warranty coverage
  • 24/7 roadside assistance
  • FordPass Rewards Points
  • Vehicle history report
  • SiriusXM®

Q: What Should I Look for in a Certified Car?

Interior of Ford MustangWhen shopping for a CPO model, the most important thing you should look for is a model that meets your need. All certified Ford vehicles are reliable and will last many miles, so you can easily focus on finding a model you love.

To help you narrow down your shortlist, use the handy search tools in our CPO virtual inventory. These allow you to search by model, body style, features, MPG, and more to ensure you find the ideal set of wheels.

Q: How Do I Finance a CPO?

Financing a certified pre-owned vehicle is very similar to financing a new or used one. Once you select a model, you’ll work with an expert in our finance center to find you an accommodating payment plan that fits into your life.

They’ll reach out to lenders, get you the terms you deserve, and compile everything into a tailored contract. They’ll even speak to you about certified pre-owned incentives and offers to see if you qualify!

Find Your Certified Pre-Owned Car at Sheridan Ford

Ready to change the way you drive in the Wilmington, New Castle, and Newark, DE, regions? A certified pre-owned vehicle is the perfect option for you. Get things started by scheduling a test drive with your favorite model today!

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