If your budget won't quite allow you to get a brand-new Subaru model, you can get the next best thing with a Certified Pre-Owned Subaru. Subaru vehicles are built to last and they've proven it: 97% of all Subaru models that were sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today. A Subaru pre-owned vehicle must pass a demanding inspection before it can be declared Certified. If it does, it gets a pretty amazing warranty. Here are some details.

Before becoming Certified, a Subaru has to be great to begin with

Subaru sets the bar high for its pre-owned models and it's extra-high when it comes to our Certified Pre-Owned program. Just to be considered for certification, a Subaru pre-owned model can't be any older than five years and it must have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer. Even then, a potential Certified Pre-Owned Subaru is just getting started. The hard part comes next.

Our 152-point inspection starts under the hood

We assign one of our most accomplished factory-trained technicians to inspect a potential Certified Pre-Owned Subaru, and he's armed with a 152-point checklist. The examination begins under the hood, which is where we look at the integrity of the radiator and the cap, hoses and clamps and the condition of the vehicle’s drive belts. We change the engine oil and the oil filter. Then we check the battery and run a load test to see if there's enough juice.

Inspection, Phase II: The interior

Our uncompromising technician inspects the operation of the windshield wipers, the headlights and the illumination of the dash. He checks the transmission and sets the parking brake to see if there's any adjustment needed. He makes sure that both front seats operate properly and checks the operation of heated seats, mirrors and windshield. He checks the trunk release, the steering column parking lamp and makes sure the horn works.

Inspection, Phase III: Looking under the car

Now our technician is starting to roll. He takes a good look at all four tires, checking the tire pressure, the tread depth and overall condition. He makes sure all four tires are properly matched and gets a good look at the brakes, rotors and calipers to make sure they're within spec. While he's at it, he takes a good look at the wheel cylinders, the axle seals, looks for fluid leaks and does an exhaustive exam of the exhaust system, steering linkage, struts and axles.

The reward for the victors: An amazing factory-backed warranty

If a potential Subaru pre-owned model makes it through the gauntlet of checkpoints, the next owner from a community like Rio Rancho will get a factory-backed seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty with zero deductible. This warranty covers almost 1,000 different parts throughout all major component areas. That includes the engine, the transmission, the drive trains, front suspension, the steering and brakes, the electrical system, cooling and fuel systems and air conditioning.

In addition, a Certified Pre-Owned Subaru gets 24/7 roadside assistance and rental car reimbursement if you ever have a covered repair. As you can see, a Certified Pre-Owned Subaru also comes with better night’s sleep.

Find out more about our Subaru Certified Pre-Owned models

Our Subaru Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are an elite group and if you see one you like, it's wise to act quickly. Look for a Certified Pre-Owned Subaru Outback, Forrester, Crosstrek, WRX and more when you search our CPO inventory from your home in Placitas or Bernalillo NM. You might pay more for a Subaru Certified vehicle but you'll get more than your money's worth at Garcia Subaru North in Albuquerque NM.

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