Two years have now passed since small Japanese automaker Suzuki -- known for compact cars and durable SUVs -- left the U.S. automobile market, but many Suzuki cars and SUVs are still around, available to used-car shoppers despite the brand's departure from U.S. sales. What should you know about Suzuki if you're interested in buying a used car? Is it worth the risk? Can you even get parts? We have the answers.
Can You Get a Suzuki Serviced?
The big question most Suzuki owners -- or potential owners -- will want to know is whether it's still possible to get a Suzuki serviced. For now, the answer appears to be yes. When Suzuki pulled out of the U.S. market, it released a statement confirming that it would continue to make parts for "a reasonable period of time beyond the warranty period." Since some Suzuki models are still under warranty, there's no doubt that parts are still coming -- even for cars that are now out of warranty.
The question, then, is where you can go for service. If your Suzuki is still under warranty, you might need to call the automaker's customer service line at 1-800-934-0934 in order to find out where the closest Suzuki service center is. It may be closer than you think, however, as Suzuki is still a major player in the world of all-terrain vehicles and watercrafts despite giving up its U.S. automobile business.
What About in the Future?
The future of Suzuki is a little more uncertain. At some point, the automaker will no longer distribute parts to U.S. service centers, which will make it a little more difficult for drivers to service their vehicles, but that's also true of automakers that still exist: After a while, they stop making parts for most older vehicles.
The result is that drivers and mechanics simply must turn to auto-parts stores, aftermarket suppliers or Internet sites in order to find parts once manufacturers no longer offer them. Still, we think it'll be several years before this problem starts to present itself when it comes to Suzuki.
What Should You Pay?
Now that you know service probably won't be an issue, you're probably interested in knowing just how much of a discount you should get. Unfortunately for bargain hunters, we suspect that used values have already adjusted to account for the automaker's bankruptcy, meaning any effect that the bankruptcy had on values is likely already included in a used Suzuki's price.
The good news, however, is that a used Suzuki can be an excellent choice for drivers interested in buying a used car or SUV, and they won't have to worry about parts supply or plummeting values for years to come.