FAQ: Car Buying Tips & Tricks

It is normal for Orange Country drivers to have questions about the car buying process. Whether it is choosing which Subaru is best for you, financing or service. Which is why we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help our customers feel more confident when shopping for their next new or used vehicle and for the course of its life.


What is the difference between buying and leasing?

This is the number one question that we get from Lake Forest drivers. Leasing is when you borrow a new Subaru from us, the dealership, to a period of time for an agreed upon amount each month. Buying or financing is when you purchase the vehicle outright with a larger down payment than leasing. Once you are finished paying off your new Subaru you will no longer have monthly payments. There are a number of pros and cons to both leasing and financing which you can find here.

What do I need to know before applying for credit?

Financing is often the most stressful part of shopping for a new car for many Irvine drivers and understandably so. Before applying for credit you will need to have a realistic budget that you are going to stick to. Our online credit application gives our customers the ability to apply for credit from home on their own time when they are ready.

Ask the Experts!

In recent years more and more drivers from around Tustin have been choosing to get behind the wheel of a pre-owned vehicle for how much they can save. Not only on initial cost but also on monthly insurance payments. When it comes to shopping for a high-quality pre-owned there is no better brand than Subaru with long-lasting quality and performance that can't be matched.

Frequently Asked Service Questions

When do I need to have the oil changed on my Subaru?

Changing your oil on a regular basis is one easy way to ensure lasting performance for many miles to come. Subaru recommends that the average driver has their oil changed roughly every 6-8,000 miles depending on the type of oil your Subaru needs. As well as your driving habits.

When is the service center at Irvine Subaru open?

Our service center is open 6 days a week. Monday through Friday we are open from 7 am to 7 pm. On Saturdays, we are open from 8 am to 4 pm.

How often do I need to have my tires rotated?

Just like changing your oil, it is a good idea for Anaheim drivers to have their tires rotated roughly every 6-8,000 miles. So next time you have your Subaru in for an oil change be sure to have your tires rotated as well.

What is Subaru Routine Maintenance?

Subaru Routine Maintenance is a guide that helps Orange County drivers stay on top of all of their service needs with the proper interval for all the different service your Subaru will need. Subaru Routine Maintenance is written by the same engineers who designed and built your Outback, Legacy or WRX and will ensure safe and reliable performance for many more miles to come.

How long does the car battery last?

The average life span of a car battery is about four to six years. However, there are some factors that can shorten the life of your battery. Like colder temperatures and frequent short trips around Tustin.

Does Irvin Subaru have Express Service?

Yes! We know that it can be a pain for Laguna Niguel drivers to take time out of their busy day to bring their Subaru in for a service appointment. So if you are short on time swing by our Express Service lane for minor service need, like oil changes and tire rotations, and we will have you on your way in no time.

Are there service coupons available at Irvine Subaru?

Yes! Here at Irvine Subaru, we are committed to helping our customers save money on just about everything, including all of their parts and service needs.

What hours is Irvin Subaru Service Center open?

To meet the needs of all our customers from across Orange County our service center is open every day except Sundays. Monday through Friday we are open from 7am until 7pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8am till 4pm.

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