How to Read a Window Sticker

Couple looking at a car window sticker

If you're in the market for a new car, then you've most likely seen stickers in the windows of many vehicles. Occasionally called the Monroney sticker, this sheet of paper includes the listing of certain official information about that specific car and can impact your car-buying decisions. Many find these window stickers hard to decipher, but our Newton Subaru dealer has all the info to make you a more informed auto shopper.

Different dealerships orient their car window stickers differently making them a challenge to read, but each sticker is required to legally contain the same information across the board. The most vital information Pompton Plains and Hackettstown area shoppers will find on each of our new Subaru models for sale include:

  1. Model Information
  2. This first section outlines the most basic vehicle information such as the make, model, year, engine type, vehicle identification, and interior and exterior color.

  3. Standard & Optional Equipment
  4. Typically found on the left of the sticker is a comprehensive list of the vehicle's standard features as well as the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for drivers to consider. This thorough breakdown names everything from configuration and drivetrain, to basic and advanced safety features. The window sticker also provides information on any optional equipment, special packages, or bundles that might be included on the particular model you're looking at.

  5. Warranty Information
  6. This part of the car window sticker displays the specific warranty information for the vehicle and includes bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties, roadside assistance packages, and any other manufacturer's offers.

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  7. Total Price
  8. Arguably the most important section of any car window sticker, the total price section shows the total MSRP for the vehicle. While this may not always be the final price you'll pray, it provides drivers with a good starting point for negotiation.

  9. Fuel Economy & Safety Ratings
  10. The final area on the window sticker drivers should pay attention to is the vehicle's fuel economy and safety ratings. Sometimes referred to as an EPA label, this spot outlines an estimate of the vehicle's fuel efficiency, annual fuel costs, as well as CO2 emissions. The vehicle's safety ratings are also listed and are based on how well a vehicle performs in a number of crash scenarios as tested and rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). All of these tests are then averaged together and an overall vehicle score based on the NHTSA's 5-Star safety rating system is displayed on the window sticker.

Discover Your Dream Car at Subaru World of Newton

Finding and purchasing a new car can be daunting, but understanding how to read a car window sticker can help buyers make sure they receive both the car and the equipment they are expecting. Contact us with any questions about deciphering window stickers or to learn more about our large selection of Toyota models.

Subaru World of Newton

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