Subaru of America Inc. is the latest automaker to offer a certified used-vehicle program.
Although the company would not comment, it is touting the program on its consumer Web site.
The manager of a Subaru dealership, who asked not to be identified, says the company announced the program to dealers in February and began signing up auto dealerships in May.
Autodata Corp. began reporting certified pre-owned sales for Subaru in June.
Subaru's Web site says the company's certified used vehicles are no more than 5 model years old and have fewer than 80,000 miles.
Certified vehicles that are not covered by Subaru's basic new-car warranty -- 3 years or 36,000 miles -- get a powertrain warranty for 12 months, or for 100,000 miles from when the vehicle was new.
The program also offers roadside assistance.
Certified vehicles covered by the new-car warranty also get a used-vehicle warranty of 6 years or 60,000 miles from the time the vehicle went into service.
Dealers pay Subaru $199 to $830 per vehicle to cover warranty costs.
The company sold 145 certified used Subarus in August. It sold of 390 certified vehicles from June to August 2005.
Overall, the industry sold 146,265 certified used vehicles in August. That was 12.5 percent more than it sold in the year-ago month.
In the first eight months, the industry sold 1,102,538 certified used vehicles. That was a 4.5 percent increase over the year-ago period.
August was the second straight month that General Motors reported sales of more than 50,000 certified used vehicles.
The company sold 50,926 certified vehicles in August, a 20.0 percent increase over August 2004. GM said it sold 360,944 certified vehicles in the first eight months of 2005, 3.6 percent more than in the year-ago period.
The Toyota and Lexus divisions of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. sold 24,901 certified vehicles in August. That was 12.8 percent more than the company sold in August 2004.
Toyota Motor Sales is the second-largest seller of certified used vehicles.
From January through August, Toyota Motor Sales sold 191,702 certified vehicles, a 3.9 percent increase over the year-ago period.
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