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Welcome to Subaru News, Suburb Service’s monthly blog! Subaru News is meant to educate, entertain, and engage you in monthly musings on such topics as auto mechanics, Subarus, travel, auto repair, and driving and living in the Lake Forest Park and Shoreline area. Our blogs are released on the first day of each month!

What you NEED to do when Buying a Used Subaru

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) 705-8695 to reach our Seattle location. Come let us give your Subaru some love!


As much as we all love the summer, our bodies go through moments where they just need a break from the heat. Thankfully, we have easy access to relief! We can go indoors and enjoy air conditioning and drink cold water whenever we want. But what about your favorite dog?

Most people view their pets as part of the family - it's important to keep in mind that not only do they feel the same temperatures as we do and more with their fur, but they don't have as much freedom to seek refuge for themselves.

Below are some key tips on how to keep your canine cool this summer


If you keep your pup outdoors, regardless of age they will need extra care through the summer. Make sure you have them secured in an area that has a great option for shade! But even more, to keep from overheating and provide some relief, give them a baby pool full of cool water to rinse off/lay down.

the pause (paws) that refreshes by Rusty Clark is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Dogs cool down quicker from their belly side, so laying in the water or on a wet towel will help them more than dumping cold water on top of them. You can also put ice cubes in their water bowl, keeping it cool longer than normal. Consider adding canned or raw dog food to their normal dry food regime to give a little extra moisture in their diet.

If you happen to see your dog digging a hole in the ground, it's because he's trying to cool down by laying in the cold earth. You're better off placing him somewhere you don't mind him digging so that he can take care of himself when needed. Lastly, be sure to properly groom your canine so they aren't lugging around more heat than needed.


Having a family dog indoors is ideal in the summer months. Canines are extremely intelligent in knowing what is good for them - so when you open the door to allow the dog out, if he turns around and comes back inside it's because the weather does not feel good.

Worn out girls by Dale is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Let him stay indoors if that is what he prefers. You can offer him some frozen treats which you can either make or buy at most grocery stores. These treats consist of frozen broth and other dog friendly treats that they will enjoy eating while they cool down.

Cooling mats are perfect to keep indoors for your fur babies to lay on. These self cooling, pressure activated mats never need water, refrigeration or electricity. Cooling and soothing, these pet pads help prevent dehydration and overheating.

Choose to bring your dog out to play in either the early mornings or late evenings when the temperatures are at their lowest - this is the perfect time for them to run out some energy and enjoy the outdoors on a walk.

Car Travel

Never, ever, ever leave your dog in an enclosed vehicle in the summer. Imagine being trapped in a sauna that only got hotter and hotter with no sign of would be miserable. Not only is it extremely uncomfortable, but it can also be life threatening.

Merritt Island FL by Rusty Clark is licensed under CC BY 2.0

If for any reason you do need to leave your pup in the car, leave the car on with the AC running. Bring a collapsible water dish with you so they can hydrate whenever necessary - keeping them hydrated is key.

Let them ride in the car with the window down, feeling the cool breeze. You can even purchase little booties to protect your dogs feel while hopping in and out of the vehicle onto the hot pavement.

Loving embrace by David Mertl is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Summer is wonderful! Especially when we take care of ourselves and our animals. Show them your love by taking the necessary precautions to avoid any emergencies caused by the heat.
If your AC is having trouble, bring your Subaru in to ensure a comfortable summer. Click here to schedule an appointment at Suburb Service, or call (206) 705-8695 to reach our Seattle location. Come let us give your Subaru some love!