You'll be pleasantly surprised at the large inventory of vehicles available at Harley Swain Subaru. Our friendly sales consultants will be thrilled to help you find the one that suits your drive. You can get a leg up by first deciding whether to get a new or used car with the following tips.

New Cars

There's nothing like the feel and smell of a vehicle where you're the first driver. A new car is generally easier to buy. All you have to do is walk into our showroom and pick the model and trim that you want. If it's not in stock, we can usually quickly order one for you. If you're willing to wait for a car from the factory, you can customize everything from the exterior color to interior accessories. It will have all the latest technologies and either free subscriptions to or trial for such features SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and connectivity services.

Everything should work without problems. You'll be able to drive it for more years than a used model. If you do experience any issues, you're covered by the warranty. On Subaru models, you enjoy complimentary maintenance for the first two years of ownership to cover oil and filter changes, tire rotations, cabin filter changes, and all recommended inspections. Because new cars experience almost no problems, they're easier to finance, even if you decide not to take advantage of our Finance Center.

The main disadvantage of a new car is price.

· It's more expensive than a used car, which results in more sales tax and higher finance payments that may stretch out over many years.

· Insurance coverage also costs more and you require more types of coverage. On a used car, for example, you can dispense with comprehensive coverage but lenders will require that you maintain that coverage for as long as you have the loan.

· You must also pay for higher yearly registration fees.

· When repairs are necessary outside of the warranty, a new car also costs more.

· Finally, you lose more value from a new car because it depreciates the most during the first two years after you drive it off the lot.

Used Cars

The biggest advantage of a used car is its price. Much of the depreciation has already been absorbed by the previous owner. The more years that a vehicle has, then the lower the price you pay. You'll also

avoid typical new car fees such as destination fees, shipping charges, and dealer prep, and charges for additions that you don't want, such as anti-rust coating.

This translates to lower financing payments that can be spread out over a shorter time. Costs also go down for sales tax, insurance, and registration. The lower sales price means that you may be able to buy a better car at a higher trim level and with more upgrades and accessories, particularly if you're willing to endure higher miles or imperfections.

As for disadvantages, you are buying somebody's else's discard and will be inheriting that person's road quirks, such as strange noises, mechanical issues, and even a particular smell. A used car is more difficult to buy. You're going to have to search through many sources to locate the one that you're looking for and even then, you won't get exactly what you want. At Harley Swain Subaru, we alleviate that problem by stocking a large selection of used vehicles in many models, trims, and colors.

You have no idea of the vehicle's reliability and what mechanical problems it may have experienced in the pass. However, you can avoid some of this uncertainty by looking up a vehicle history report on the Internet. Such reports reveal its ownership, maintenance record, title history, and any accidents or repairs. You get a free CarFax report, if you buy one of our Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, which has gone through a rigorous inspection that guarantees its quality.

If a problem arises, there's no warranty coverage. You're going to have to spend out of pocket, which could cost a pretty penny for a major repair. Parts may be unavailable for older vehicles. If you want to try out any technologies such as Wi-Fi, you'll have to pay for a subscription.


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Harley Swain Subaru

1915 N 1st Street
Directions Hermiston, OR 97838

  • Sales: 541-567-9696
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