If you need an extra boost of confidence when purchasing a pre-owned Subaru, we encourage you to explore Subaru’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program and see what sorts of exciting opportunities lie in wait for drivers who want to get the most car for their money. With a slew of manufacturer-backed benefits and a variety of other perks, CPO Subaru models are ideal if you’re searching for an affordable like-new car or SUV that inspires you at every turn.
Gaining Subaru certification is no simple task. Used late-model Subaru vehicles must prove that they’re the best of the best by passing a rigorous 152-point safety inspection conducted by Subaru-trained technicians. If there’s anything about a pre-owned Subaru model that isn’t up to snuff, it’s repaired or replaced to ensure peak performance and safety.
Shopping for a vehicle involves making a series of choices so that you get the most value for your dollar. If you’re looking to buy used, it can be a harrowing experience. There are numerous variables in the used vehicle market, and extra vigilance may be necessary to ensure your purchase is worthwhile. If you find yourself in this situation, we recommend looking at a Certified Pre-Owned Subaru. Read on to discover how the Subaru Pre-Owned program can provide you not only with a reliable vehicle but also the assurance that you’re getting the best ride possible.
The term Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a designation given to used vehicles that meet certain stringent quality standards. Generally speaking, CPO vehicles are late models with low mileage that have undergone comprehensive background checks, extensive inspections, and reconditioning processes. They are, therefore, the closest thing you can get to buying a new vehicle without actually buying a new vehicle.
When it comes to Certified Pre-Owned Subarus, the designation refers to a specific set of attributes that a used Subaru vehicle embodies. One of them is that it has passed the automaker’s 152-point safety inspection. The inspection process is thorough, involving examinations of the cabin, an undercarriage inspection, a lower vehicle road test, before- and post-road tests, detailing, and final preparation. Should any aspect of the Subaru vehicle fail to pass the inspection, it gets repaired or replaced.
Apart from passing the inspection, every CPO Subaru must meet the automaker’s eligibility requirements. It must be no older than 5 years and its odometer must register no more than 80,000 miles. With minimal age and road use, a CPO Subaru gets you the most potential longevity you can expect from a used automobile.
Every CPO vehicle is a used vehicle, but not every used vehicle is a CPO vehicle. The term “used” means that a vehicle isn’t new. It has had at least one previous owner and has likely seen road use. The extent of use, as well as the associated wear and tear, depends on the vehicle’s age and the circumstances under which the previous owner used it. That’s where the similarities between used and CPO vehicles effectively end.
A major point of difference between the two is quality control. A CPO vehicle goes through comprehensive checks and reconditioning. However, when an ordinary used vehicle hits the market, it doesn’t necessarily undergo any such process. Some dealers get used vehicles via trade-ins or sales, price them, and then move them to their sales lot in as-is condition. Prospective buyers can pay for their own inspections and a vehicle history report to determine whether buying such a vehicle would provide appropriate value.
Another key difference between the vehicle types is who can sell them. Anyone can sell an ordinary used car, truck, SUV, or van. Not only dealers but also private individuals can place a “For Sale” sign on their used autos. That’s not the case for CPO vehicles. Certified vehicles are available only through authorized dealerships, such as ours. It’s just another measure of ensuring that you, the customer, get the highest quality possible when you purchase a used vehicle.
Buying a CPO vehicle is about more than just low mileage and late models. It also allows you to enjoy particular benefits that an ordinary used vehicle couldn’t provide. Primary among these is peace of mind. There are no surprises with a CPO vehicle because it has undergone such a comprehensive inspection, so you can be certain that it’s going to run as it should. Every component will work properly because it has been either found to be in excellent condition, replaced, or repaired by a certified technician.
This document tells you all of the important information that’s publicly available about the vehicle, such as its previous owners, its maintenance record, and its accident history. With this information at your disposal, there’s virtually no gamble on your part. A CPO vehicle is practically new, and you’ll get the documentation that verifies its top-notch condition.
Alongside the free vehicle history report, you get a host of add-ons to elevate its value. For example, at our dealership, the purchase of a CPO Subaru comes with a factory-backed powertrain warranty that is good for seven years or 100,000 miles, with a $0 deductible. So, if you encounter an issue involving your powertrain within that period of ownership, you’ll be off the hook for its repairs or replacements.
That’s not all. You also receive 24/7 roadside assistance in case you run into any trouble on a drive, a free three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM, a one-year subscription to the STARLINK Safety Plus package, and the option to include additional warranty coverages. There’s even a $500 Owner Loyalty Coupon that you can put toward your next Subaru purchase.
Keep in mind, too, that CPO vehicles are still used vehicles, so you’re also getting substantial cost savings compared to brand-new models. Therefore, the advantages that come with buying ordinary used cars — the access to advanced options at lower price points, the lower rate of depreciation, the potential for greater variety — all apply when you’re shopping for a CPO vehicle.
To learn more about the Subaru CPO program, feel free to get in touch with us at Bachman Subaru. With generations of auto sales expertise to our name, we know what qualities go into a top-notch used vehicle, and we’re always happy to talk shop. When you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a CPO Subaru, come down to our dealership in Louisville, Kentucky.
We’re open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, and always make time to meet new customers. While you’re here, consider taking a look at our extensive inventory of non-certified pre-owned vehicles, too, along with our selection of new Subaru models. Whatever it is you want, let us be the ones to help you find it.