At Watermark Ford of Marion, we offer a variety of both used and certified pre-owned cars for sale near Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL. Down you below, you can compare used vs. certified pre-owned cars to determine which will best suit your needs.

As you read on, don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or to get a closer look at one of the models in our pre-owned inventory!

What Are the Benefits of Buying a Used Car?

Buying a used car comes with plenty of advantages. For one, you'll have a wider selection to choose from. Along with that, you can view a variety of different makes and models in one place without driving from dealership to dealership.

What Are the Benefits of Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Car?

Certified vehicles differ from their traditional used counterparts because they need to meet certain requirements and go through a vetting process to earn their title. At our Ford dealership, we offer two different levels of certification, including Blue and Gold. To help you make an informed decision, every model in our certified pre-owned inventory comes with a free CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™.

Blue Certified Vehicles

Our Blue Certified models include any make and model with fewer than 120,000 miles and is no more than 10 years old. These models must also pass rigorous 139-point vehicle inspections to ensure they're performing at peak. Along with that, they come with the following benefits:

  • 24/7 roadside assistance for 90 days or 4,000 miles.
  • 11,000 FordPass™ Rewards Points towards your first maintenance visit.
  • 90-Day/4,000-mile (whichever comes first) comprehensive limited warranty.

Gold Certified Vehicles

Our Gold Certified inventory consists of Ford models that have fewer than 80,000 miles on their odometers and are no more than 6 years old. They must pass comprehensive 172-point vehicle inspections to ensure they're in good working condition. On top of that, every Gold Certified vehicle includes:

  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance for 7 years or 100,000 miles.
  • 22,000 FordPass™ Rewards Points towards your first two maintenance visits.
  • 7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) powertrain limited warranty.
  • 12-Month/12,000-MiIe (whichever comes first) comprehensive limited warranty.

Used Car Inventory With Warranty Forever

At our dealership we want you to buy with confidence. In addition to our used and certified models, we offer pre-owned vehicles that come with our exclusive Warranty Forever powertrain coverage. It lasts for as long as you own the vehicle and includes many of the vital components of your car, like the engine, transmission, and drive assembly.

Used & CPO Car Specials & Financing Options

We also want to help you slide into the driver's seat of the exact make and model you want. That's why we offer rotating used car specials. So, be sure to check back often to view our current deals!

Along with our rotating financing offers, we have a few tools you can use to jump-start the process from home. We invite you to fill out our secure finance application ahead of time and to use our Edmunds MyAppraise form to view the trade-in value of your current set wheels.

When you visit our finance center, one of our experts will sit down with you to discuss your options and answer any questions you may have along the way. 

Take the Wheel of a Used or Certified Pre-Owned Car Today

Now that you know the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars, it's time to explore our inventory. Once you narrow down your top choices, contact us at Watermark Ford of Marion to schedule your test drives near Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL!

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Watermark Ford of Marion

1910 West Coolidge Avenue
Directions Marion, IL 62959

  • Sales: (618) 993-2161
  • Service: (618) 993-2161
  • Parts: (618) 993-2161


  • Monday 8am-6pm
  • Tuesday 8am-6pm
  • Wednesday 8am-6pm
  • Thursday 8am-6pm
  • Friday 8am-6pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday Closed