How to Read a Window Sticker

How to read a car window sticker

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If you’ve ever wandered a car lot, you’ve encountered a new car window sticker: That sheet in the back window covered in text. You might just glance past it, intimidated by the information overload, but knowing what to look for on the sticker can be quite helpful.

At Subaru of Morristown, we encourage all of our customers to be as informed as can be when shopping for a new vehicle. Here’s what to look for on the new car window sticker:

Model Information

This will be the basics like the model and trim level, perhaps a Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Premium. That will also include interior and exterior color, plus of the basic mechanical information like the engine type and whether it’s a manual or automatic transmission.

Standard Features

Beneath the model rundown you’ll find the standard features. You likely won’t know by memory what exactly is included at the Crosstrek 2.0i Premium, so in this section you’ll see things like interior equipment (think AC, stereo, navigation), exterior equipment (wheel size, sunroof), safety features (backup camera, etc), and more.


The warranty might not be the most exciting thing to think about when buying a car, but it’s extremely important. There will typically be multiple warranties listed, since powertrain and new car warranties cover different components for different lengths of time, so this spot will tell you what’s covered and for how long.

Optional Equipment

Most cars offer additional optional equipment, packages, or upgrades that don’t come standard with a given trim level. These can range from floor mats to roof racks, but they’ll all be found in this section of the car window sticker.

Safety Ratings

Another extremely important thing to check for on a car sticker will be the safety ratings, which tell you how that model performed in different NHTSA and IIHS collision tests. This section will also usually list if the car earned a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus designation from the IIHS–and you’ll see a lot of those at our Subaru dealer in Morristown.

Fuel Economy

An easy and important thing you’ll be able to identify on the window sticker is fuel economy estimates, usually displayed prominently near a gas pump icon. The sticker will tell you the EPA-estimated highway, city, and combined miles per gallon that the vehicle gets.

Price Information and Final Cost

This is what you’re after, isn’t it? Towards the bottom of the sheet you’ll see the total cost of the car, including base MSRP, additional equipment costs, and additional taxes and fees that may apply.

Shop Smart at Subaru of Morristown

We recommend our shoppers be well informed, so you can choose a Subaru that perfectly fits your New Jersey lifestyle with no surprises. Come stroll through our fantastic Subaru inventory and browse a few window stickers some time, and if you have any questions about our dealership or models, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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How to Remove Pet Hair from Your Subaru

Subaru owners love their pets as much (or more) than their dependable all-wheel drive vehicles, but sometimes pets leave a little too much of themselves behind in your car. If you have a pet that sheds, you know what we’re talking about: Those hairs that seem to weave their way into the car’s upholstery and glue themselves to the dashboard.

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All that pet hair can be unsightly, but there are ways to remove it–and prevent it from getting there in the first place. Subaru of Morristown loves pets, as evidenced by our commitment to local shelters, so here’s a few simple tools and tips from us for how to keep your car, pup, and kitty all in harmony.

Get a Small Vacuum

This is the most obvious one, but it’s the most important. An affordable, rechargeable wireless vacuum that can be stashed under a seat or in the trunk will prove to be an invaluable asset for sucking up those light hairs your pet drops on the surface of the upholstery.

Use a Wire Brush

Unfortunately, not all hairs are easy to suck up with a vacuum. Some pets just have stubborn hair that gets stuck easily. For that, you’ll want a good wire brush to loosen them up so they can be picked up or vacuumed out. This is only for those with cloth interior, however: Don’t destroy your leather over some pet hairs.

Try a Balloon

Static can work, and an inflated rubber balloon is actually a clever, non-invasive way to pick up stray pet hairs from hard surfaces and headrests. Give it a shot!

Use a Dryer Sheet on the Dash

For dust, pollen, and of course pet hair, a standard dryer sheet is great for cleaning off hard surfaces like the dashboard and console. It’ll easily cling to loose hairs so you can wipe them out of sight with a flick of the wrist.

Preventing Pet Hair in the Car

Naturally you can do the same things you do to keep your pet from distributing hairs all over your house, like bathing and brushing them frequently to minimize shedding. But beyond that, you can also buy a seat cover to keep those pesky fibers from scattering all over the interior itself. Many of those covers can cover the entire backseat, wrapping around the headrests, and can be easily removed to shake out or vacuum up.

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Pet hairs aren’t just unsightly, they can also clog up the cabin air filter and produce odors or prevent your AC and heat from working to their fullest potential. If you’ve been lax about your furry friend’s vehicular shedding situation and need a your filter replaced, or if your pup-and-people-mover needs any other mechanical work, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the experienced team at our Mendham area Subaru service center.

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