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How to Keep Pets Safe While Driving

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Subaru and Subaru of Morristown both love pets just as much as our customers do. That’s why we partnered with New Jersey’s only true no-kill shelter, Eleventh Hour Rescue, as part of the Subaru Love Promise. That’s why Subaru makes those adorable commercials with the dogs in them. And that’s also why we felt like giving you some helpful tips for when you take your pup or kitty with you on a trip in your Subaru.

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Pet Safety Tips for Road Trips

Bring what you need. Never forget to bring food or snacks for your animal, and have a portable water bowl and water for them so they can stay hydrated. If you’re heading on a longer trip, and especially over state lines, bring along your dog or cat’s vaccination records. And if your animal requires any medications, don’t forget those either.

Make sure your pet is safe and secure. Some pet owners prefer their pet ride in a cage or crate to keep safe. If that’s your choice, make sure the crate itself is flat on either a folded-down rear seat or in the trunk, and isn’t at risk of rolling over or bouncing around. If your pet is too big for a crate, or you trust them to not roam around the cabin too much, make sure they stay put in the back seat. And as much as they may want to taste the rushing air, it isn’t safe to let your pet ride with their head out the window.

Look out for your car, too. Some pets shed. Some have claws that can tear up your seats. And all pets are great at picking up blades of grass or leaves and redistributing them in your home and car. If you’re letting your pet travel outside of a crate, get a good seat cover for your rear seats. That’ll keep the upholstery safe and minimize some of the mess pets can make.

Never, ever leave your pet alone in parked vehicle. In the rare case that it’s a 50 degree day and you just have to run into a gas station for five minutes, it may be admissible. But even on mildly warm sunny days, cars can get dangerously hot very quickly. The same goes for winter cold. Don’t put your furry friend at risk.

A Subaru for You and Your Pets

If you’re looking for a great, rugged car that can stand up to the pet-owner’s lifestyle, you’re looking for a Subaru. And if you’re in New Jersey, your best bet is Subaru of Morristown. Visit us today to see our fantastic selection of new Subaru vehicles!

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Subaru Recall Service

Subaru recall service near Morristown

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Like most automakers, Subaru sometimes runs into scenarios where a recall is necessary, whether from small build issues or third-party component problems. Subaru ensures that all vehicles subject to a recall can be repaired at a Subaru service center, typically free of cost.

Here at Subaru of Morristown, we’re proud to offer area drivers service for any vehicle that may’ve been recalled–and we do so quickly. While other local service centers are backed up for months on recall repairs, we’re equipped to quickly and efficiently respond to any Subaru recall that may come up.

Subaru Recall Service in Morristown

That’s because Subaru only allows certain experienced techs to perform recall service, and at Subaru of Morristown we’ve got a staff full of them. Few other service centers can compete with our highly-trained staff, quality of work, or turnaround time.

To see if your vehicle is subject to any Subaru recalls, use our online Subaru recall finder tool. You’ll need to have the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) handy. That can be found on a small plate in the dashboard on the driver’s side (visible from outside of the vehicle looking through the dashboard) or on a placard inside the driver’s side door frame.

If your car needs something done as part of a recall, schedule recall service visit our schedule Subaru service portal. There you’ll be able to easily reserve an appointment that works with your busy schedule.

And even if your car isn’t part of a recall, we still welcome you to bring your Subaru to us for any automotive maintenance needs. Whether it’s major work, new tires, or just small occasional procedures like a necessary oil change, trust the service center at Subaru of Morristown to get it done quickly and correctly. Plus, with our Subaru service specials, you’ll have the opportunity to save even more money on your visit–so check that link before you schedule, since it updates frequently!

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How to Read a 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.

Warranty

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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