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CPO Program Review: Subaru

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author photo by Doug DeMuro May 2018

Overview

Subaru's certified pre-owned (CPO) warranty program offers powertrain coverage for up to 7 years or 100,000 miles from the car's original sale date, an increase of 2 years and 40,000 miles compared to the factory powertrain warranty. It also boasts no deductible and full transferability. Drivers interested in a bumper-to-bumper warranty can add additional coverage for a fee.

What We Like

Long coverage term; available special financing rates; no deductible; fully transferable

What We Don't

No additional bumper-to-bumper coverage without a fee; warranty starts on original sale date

Program Specifics

If you're interested in buying a used Subaru, the brand's certified pre-owned plan is certainly worth considering. It brings additional peace of mind to a used car purchase, thanks to a long powertrain warranty that boasts full transferability and no deductible. Some certified Subaru models even come with special financing incentives to make them more appealing than a standard used car.

The focal point of Subaru's program is its warranty: up to 7 years or 100,000 miles of coverage from the date the vehicle was originally purchased. That adds 2 years and 40,000 miles to Subaru's original factory powertrain warranty, which covers vehicles for 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Unfortunately, Subaru's regular CPO program doesn't include an extra bumper-to-bumper warranty, and that means a certified pre-owned Subaru only gets the remainder of the brand's average 3-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper plan. However, shoppers who want an extra bumper-to-bumper warranty can opt for Subaru's Gold Plus CPO program, which adds up to 7 years of coverage for an additional fee.

Beyond its warranty terms, Subaru's CPO program offers other benefits. It's fully transferable to the next owner, should you decide to sell your Subaru before the warranty expires. It carries no deductible, which means you won't have to pay a penny for repairs. And it occasionally touts special financing rates to entice shoppers who might otherwise consider a traditional used car. Subaru also adds in a 3-month free trial subscription to SiriusXM and a one-year to the Starlink Safety Plus package on vehicles so equipped.

In the end, we think Subaru's CPO program offers excellent coverage, and it certainly merits serious consideration as you look for your next vehicle.

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