used subaru tips

Shopping for a used vehicle is becoming more and more popular as new technology allows cars to last much longer with the proper upkeep, and the price convenience of a used car can be highly beneficial. Because we want you to have the best product for your money, we put together:

 5 things to do before purchasing your used Subaru

  1. Contact the Seller
  2. Test Drive
  3. Call Subaru of America
  4. Have Car Inspected

Contact the Seller

When looking through ads for used vehicles, many times some of the information will be posted. But before driving over to check out the vehicle – whether in a used car lot or a private property – it’s always a good idea to call the seller and talk it over first. Many times the seller will offer up information you won’t find in the ad, which will help you decide if you want to spend further time on this Subaru. If things go well, make sure to make a daytime appointment for a clearer view of the condition of your potential Subaru.

Test Drive

Test driving the used car is the best way to know if this is the right model for you while you assess the condition of this particular Subaru. Ask yourself a few questions during your drive:

  • Are you comfortable?
  • Do you have enough head/leg space?
  • Do you see a lit “check engine” light?
  • How does it smell – any gas or unusual scents?
  • How are the brakes? Any Squeaks?
  • Does the air-conditioning feel cold?
  • Check turn signals, headlights, and brake lights
  • Check the tires for tread and ask the last time they were rotated
  • Look under the hood – even if you don’t know what you’re looking for, make a basic sweep of your eyes for leaks, oil, or steam. Ask questions based on what you see.

Call Subaru of America

Before purchasing a used Subaru, it’s important to call Subaru of America, Inc. and let them know you are about to be the proud new owner of that car. You can give them the 17 digit VIN# which will let them access all the information for that particular Subaru. Instead of piecing together the history of the vehicle and pulling recall information from a general site the covers all kinds of vehicles, you can call Subaru of America and have everything you need sent to you.

You’ll receive recalls, updates, history — etc. directly from the manufacturer. This step is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you’re pleased with your purchase.

Have Car Inspected

Along with contacting Subaru of America, having your almost new Subaru inspected is very important. Bringing it into a Subaru specific mechanic comes as a huge benefit as they know exactly what to look for and will set you up for success. Normally, before purchasing the vehicle, most places will let you borrow the car to bring to an inspection for your peace of mind that you are making a smart investment.

Let us know when you’re ready to make the exciting step of adding to your Subaru family. We will schedule an inspection and give you the best insight for your decision. We will also set you up for success with caring for your vehicle long after your purchase. Click here to schedule an appointment at Suburb Service, or call (206) 364-8089 to reach our Seattle location or (360) 659-6208 for Marysville. Come let us give your Subaru some love!

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