International Subaru of Merrillville offers tips for used car buying

International Subaru of Merrillville offers tips for used car buying
By: Curtis Hankins Last Updated: March 25, 2020

Every year, car dealers around the world sell tens of millions of used vehicles. Their conditions vary widely, from junkers with nearly 200,000 miles to SUVs that are practically fresh out of the factory. But it doesn’t have to be confusing for buyers who are trying to navigate the safest, most cost-effective deal. International Subaru of Merrillville offers advice on what to look while on that hunt.

First – look for a certified used car whenever possible, and one that has a good reputation for safe longevity on the road.

International Subaru of Merrillville performs thorough testing on any used car they take in, be it a Subaru, Ford, Toyota, and any other make or model. But, if a Subaru is less than five years old and carries less than 75,000 miles, it is eligible to enter a special category called Subaru Certified Pre-Owned.

“Any Certified Pre-Owned Subaru needs to pass a 152-point safety inspection,” said Charles Burns, Sales Specialist at International Subaru of Merrillville. “That vehicle needs to be as close to new as possible because we’re going to back it with a warranty. So, that means it meets certain specifications on tire tread, break wear, and other categories.”

Every Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is given a factory-backed, 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty that extends from the original warranty’s start date.

“The goal of the Certified Pre-Owned program is to provide more assurance and confidence to our buyers,” Burns said. “It also comes with bonuses such as 24/7 roadside assistance, a SiriusXM trial, and a full CARFAX history report.”

While other brands offer similar programs, Burns said it’s important to look for a vehicle that has a trusted ownership reputation, too.

“Statistically, Subarus last the longest over a 10 year period,” he said. “Ninety-seven percent of Subaru vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road. The word ‘lemon’ is not something you’ll see associated with Subaru.”

Burns said buyers should know the history of the car along with how it’s been treated. The Subaru Certified Pre-Owned program is designed to exclude vehicles that might have been treated roughly by their previous owners.

“A vehicle can have a lot of problems even if it has lower mileage,” Burns said. “If it was driven up the side of a mountain, or poorly maintained, the 152-point inspection will identify any problems and it won’t be certified. This lets buyers have peace of mind that their purchase wasn’t run ragged by the last driver.”

To see a full inventory of International Subaru of Merrillville’s used vehicles, visit To find more information about the Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Program, including a full 152-point inspection checklist, visit