Pre-owned vehicles

Starting a used vehicle search? You've probably come across certified pre-owned, or CPO, vehicles. CPO vehicles fall under the "used vehicle" umbrella, but they must meet specific criteria to ensure like-new performance on the road in Santa Cruz, especially if the CPO vehicle you're buying is a Subaru. Keep reading for a closer look at the difference between pre-owned vs. certified pre-owned vehicles from the team at Santa Cruz Subaru.


What To Know About Buying a Certified vs. Used Subaru Vehicle

Used vehicles are sold for wide range of price points, and may vary in terms of mileage, model year, and number of previous owners. As a result, they cost less than certified pre-owned models. Whether you're looking for luxury features or an affordable model priced under 10K, there's a model in our inventory to match your needs!

It may be tempting to use mileage as the deciding factor, but there's more at play when you consider certified pre-owned vs. used models. What's the pre-owned vs. certified pre-owned difference when it comes to reliability? A car with 100,000+ miles may seem like a risk, but a car's history can tell you as just as much about its future performance. Here are a few points to keep in mind:

  • A perfect maintenance record indicates that the previous owner has the vehicle checked and serviced regularly by certified Subaru technicians.
  • Some low-mileage used cars have spent long periods of time undriven. They may look like a great deal, but sitting idle can damage a vehicle, too.
  • Deciding between certified vs. used has a lot to do with your driving habits. For instance, if you only drive short distances around Monterey or Watsonville, a used vehicle may provide a greater value.

Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Benefits

Requirements vary by brand, but CPO vehicles are typically newer models with relatively low mileage. They'll cost you more than conventional than used cars, but they offer like-new reliability for a price that's still less than buying new. If you're looking to access new tech and features without paying new-vehicle prices, CPO vehicles offer the best of both worlds.

Certified pre-owned vehicles are part of a CPO program and must meet stringent condition and mileage requirements. All Subaru Certified Pre-Owned cars, crossovers, and SUVs must:

  • Be five years old or less.
  • Have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer.
  • Pass a rigorous 152-point inspection to ensure like-new condition inside and out. 

One of the biggest differences between pre-owned vs. certified pre-owned models is warranty coverage. All Subaru CPO vehicles are backed by a standard 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and come with even more benefits, including:

  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance
  • $500 Owner Loyalty Coupon
  • CARFAX Vehicle History Report
  • SiriusXM 3-Month Trial Subscription
  • One-year Trial Subscription to STARLINK Safety Plus Package with Automatic Collision Notification

Browse Used and CPO Subaru Vehicles in Capitola 

Don't hesitate to contact us with any further questions about certified pre-owned vs. used benefits for Scotts Valley and Aptos drivers. Whether you're interested in a CPO or used Subaru model, our goal is to find you a Subaru you love at a price that fits your budget. Browse our certified pre-owned and used Subaru inventories online, and pre-qualify for financing to get started today!