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Subaru Certified Pre-owned
Shopping for a pre-owned Subaru for the teenagers at home? Want to be sure it meets the approval of Subaru of America? Look for the Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Program tag. That means the vehicle has been checked, approved, and certified by Subaru.

Most shoppers are at least a little skeptical when looking for a used vehicle. They have questions about vehicle history, reliability, and durability – questions like, “Who owned this vehicle, and why was it traded in? Is there anything wrong with it? Has it been in an accident? Does everything work the way it should? How can I be sure?”

Subaru of America, Inc. has answers to these questions for the pre-owned vehicles in the Subaru Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Program. Every Subaru in the program must qualify through a stringent certification process. Then it can wear the program’s “Certified” tag, which assures buyers that the vehicle has been inspected and reconditioned. Its history has been checked, and it’s protected by a factory-backed service plan.

Buying a vehicle from the Subaru CPO Program is like buying a new car with a few miles on it.

Every Subaru CPO vehicle has passed a stringent inspection of 152 components, systems, and functions. If something at any of these inspection points requires repair, the work is done before the vehicle can qualify for certification.

Here are some of the program’s 152 inspection points:

Vehicle road test (engine performance, engine warning lights, etc.)


Fluid levels


Wiper blades




Tire pressure


Audio equipment

Power equipment (including windows, moonroof, and locks)

Exhaust system


Air conditioning



Manual clutch

Automatic transmission

Cruise control

Subaru researches all CPO vehicles through CARFAX®, which has a database of more than four billion records – every North American car


Buying a vehicle from the Subaru CPO Program is like buying a new car with a few miles on it.

and truck in operation. A CARFAX vehicle history report tells if the vehicle has been in an accident, if it has flood damage, or if it was subject to a manufacturer buyback.

All Subaru CPO vehicles have the CARFAX buyback guarantee, which protects buyers from unknowingly purchasing a pre-owned vehicle with DMV-reported incidents (salvage, fire, flood damage, odometer problems, or lemon history).

After the sale, Subaru protects its CPO vehicles from mechanical breakdowns with one of two plans. The length of the protection depends on mileage and the age of the vehicle at the time of sale. For vehicles less than five model years old and with 80,000 miles or less on the odometer, standard protection is a 12-month/100,000-mile Powertrain Plan. For vehicles within the original three-year/36,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty, protection is by a six-year/60,000-mile Classic Plan. Many coverage upgrades are available.

For all plans, there’s generally a $50 deductible per repair visit (no matter how many repairs are done on that visit).

Your Subaru retailer has more information on the CPO Program and would be happy to show the inventory to you.