Without a doubt, buying a new car is an exciting prospect. Keep in mind, however, that new cars are subject to steep depreciation in the first two to three years of ownership. On the other hand, you can get a used car that looks and functions almost like a brand new one at much less of the cost, through a certified pre-owned vehicle program.
Defining “Certified Pre-Owned”
A certified pre-owned car can be considered the cream of the crop, as these must meet certain standards for mileage and wear. It has to go through rigorous inspection before it can be certified, giving buyers the assurance that it is in top condition. Minor repair work may be done to restore worn parts to new or almost new condition. Moreover, a certified pre-owned vehicle warranty can be comparable to, or even better than that of a new car.
Elements of a Certified Pre-Owned Car
Typically, certified pre-owned cars are two- to three-year-old cars that haven’t been through auctions. They may also have been returned to a dealer after the end of a lease. At times, these vehicles are from repeat customers who must have a new car now and then. Once a dealership confirms that the mileage is within the acceptable range, has a clean title, and hasn’t been involved in a serious accident, they could put this up for sale after a series of minor cosmetic repairs and normal service work.
Subaru is well-known for its all-wheel drive (AWD) models. One of their recent releases, however, is the only Subaru that isn’t an AWD: the 2015 Subaru BRZ. It’s a rear-drive sports car that can be used every day, and at the same time, may be driven on mountain roads. It is lightweight, has nimble handling, and the four-cylinder charm.
The 2015 BRZ is best as a 2-seater, but technically there are rear seats—though it isn’t spacious enough for anyone to want to stay there for a length of time. All seats, however, are comfortable for long drives, and the head room is enough even for tall drivers. The interior isn’t exactly fancy, but placement of the steering wheel, pedals, and shifter is one of the best around.
When it comes to appearance, the BRZ has the proportions of a classic sports car and the only thing it has in common with the other Subarus in the lineup is the headlight. Its long hood, arched roof, flared fender lines, sculpted flanks, and five-spoke wheels really make it look like a sports car.
Performance-wise, both AT and manual transmissions allow for easy driving. Handling and body control are confidence-inspiring, and the quick-ratio steering gear is capable of carrying a lot of road feel through the steering wheel.
Back in 2013, Subaru introduced the Crosstrek, a compact crossover that was based on the Impreza but with more off-road capability, equipment, and a meaner appearance. The 2016 version of the Crosstrek offers a visual facelift, mechanical updates, and other revisions.
Here’s more of what you can expect out of this vehicle:
- It boasts an elegant interior, with comfortable leather seats, a large LCD screen, and the cabin has enough space for both head and leg room even for the back passengers.
- The body has been widened, and the front grille has been enlarged to give it its “mean” appearance. The back and front bumpers are made with steel while the rest of the body is made with lighter material to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle.
- More color options are available.
Under the hood
- This Crosstrek comes in three engine options: a 4 cylinder 2.0-liter engine with 148 horsepower, a 10 kW electric engine, and a hybrid engine.
Overall, the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is a stylish car equipped with current technology, and has a very good performance and value fuel economy. There are more good news to be announced when this vehicle is released early in 2016; check with your local dealerships around New Orleans.
Buying a used car for your very own first car is a perfectly sound idea. Not only will you be saving money in the process but you’ll be driving a car that has already proven its worth. If what you really care about is getting to your destination, looking at used cars in dealerships around Baton Rouge is your best bet. However, before you make your purchase, you need to do the necessary inspections to make sure you are getting a car in the best of conditions.
Check the Exterior
The first thing you should do is check the car’s exterior. Everything from the wheels, mirrors, door handles, head lights, and rear lights should be inspected. Keep an eye out for signs of collision like dents or scratches. Don’t forget to go under the body of the car to see what the suspension is like.
Examine the Interior
Once you’ve covered all the bases with the car’s exterior, it’s time to inspect the inside. Check in between the seats, under the carpets, air conditioner and in-dash electrical components. Make sure everything is working and that there are no signs of damage and foul smells. Take a seat behind the wheel and check the steering wheel, the pedals, indicator lights, and the odometer.
Probe under the Hood
Check the essential parts under the hood. Inspect the engine, liquid levels, air cleaner or filter, battery, timing belt, and brake fluid reservoir. Lastly, take the car out for a spin to observe any issues.
The decision to buy a brand-new car or a pre-owned one has to be done before venturing into a showroom. The idea of being the first owner of a car is indeed quite inviting, with parts and components fresh from the factory. On the other hand, opting for used cars might turn out to be cost-effective in the long run.
For the past several years, car dealers and manufacturers alike have rolled out vehicles they identified as certified pre-owned (CPO), and are accredited by the manufacturers themselves or the factory. CPO’s provide more security for their owners for having undergone a series of inspections before being sold. Similar procedures have also been practiced by leading car dealerships in Covington, LA to ensure the high quality of pre-owned vehicles they offer.
Consumer Reports recently released their Top Picks of 2015 for cars and SUVs, and of all the vehicles that made the list, three were from Subaru. These were the 2015 Legacy (Best Mid-Sized Sedan), the 2015 Forester (Best Small SUV), and the 2015 Impreza (Best Compact Car).
The Top Picks list includes 10 cars and SUVs which have to get a high score in Consumer Reports’ reliability ratings and also excel in automotive crash tests. The tests begins with assessing the performance of the vehicle, then its reliability, then its safety. Overall, the Legacy scored 89, the Forester 86, and the Impreza 79.