Suzuki cars leave the US. So should you buy one?
Suzuki recently announced it will stop selling cars in the US, and now there are bargains galore on new Suzuki models. But are there any drawbacks to buying a car from a defunct automaker?
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Suzuki dealers won't have to do that, and owners shouldn't see any change in warranty coverage.Skip to next paragraph
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But it's entirely possible that Suzuki buyers will have to travel further to get their cars serviced, if their local dealer shuts down its Suzuki service business before the warranty ends.
As for parts, because Suzuki is a global automaker and will continue to supply replacement components for its cars elsewhere in the world, service parts shouldn't be a problem.
That ensures that owners (and former Suzuki dealers) can at least get the parts that independent service mechanics need to keep their cars on the road.
In June, the parts-making piece of Saab (which wasn't part of the bankrupt carmaker) set up a new U.S. company that will continue to sell parts for Saabs.
Another factor to consider: Potential buyers should check carefully with their financial institutions if they don't plan on getting a purchase loan through the dealership.
Some banks have more restrictive policies about writing loans for new cars from dead automakers.
In the end, buyers should consider not only whether a new Suzuki represents value for money, but whether it's a car they really want to drive and live with for several years.
Except for the Kizashi sport sedan--larger than a compact, but smaller than a mid-size--Suzuki's lineup of cars and crossovers is now old and not particularly refined.
The SX4 hatchback offered a model that was the lowest-priced all-wheel drive car sold in the U.S., but it and the sister sedan model are now in their seventh model year.
Similarly, the Grand Vitara is aging and uncompetitive on equipment.
And most Suzuki models have lower EPA gas-mileage ratings than competing cars from other makers.
So if you like the price you can get on a new Suzuki, make sure you like the car.
Then weigh the risks carefully...and quiz your dealership about its future plans.
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