Bud Clary Subaru in Longview, WA


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Specialties

Bud Clary Subaru specializes in selling new and used Subaru cars. From the Subaru WRX to the Outback to the Forester, Bud Clary Subaru works very hard to help customers find the best car for their needs and to fit the budget perfectly. We also have a state of the art Subaru certified service center and fast lube. We provide the best prices and services for your Subaru from brakes to oil changes to full service auto repairs. We sell all makes of used cars and trucks in Longview as well.

So when you're looking for a great price and full auto repair services for a new or used Subaru in Longview, then Bud Clary Subaru is the place to call. We are happy and proud to serve customers from the Oregon coast and Portland north to Vancouver, Longview, and Olympia as well.

History

Established in 1959.

Bud Clary and Bud Westby purchased the Chevrolet dealership from Ralph Masterson in 1959. It was located on auto row on Vandercook Way. A year later, Bud Clary bought out Bud Westby and operated the dealership until 1967 when a new facility at 1030 Commerce Avenue was constructed.

Bud Clary retired in 1979 and Jim Clary took over as owner-operator. The Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Subaru, AMC, Jeep dealership was purchased from Ivan Thornley in October 1985. At that time, 6,000 square feet of offices and showroom were added to the Chevrolet Store on Commerce Avenue so Oldsmobile and Cadillac could move into that location. In 1986 an additional 1,000 square feet was added for used car offices and a service reception area.

In 1987 a lot on 12th Avenue was purchased for employee parking but was soon converted to the new and used car departments' "bullpen" and an indoor employee basketball court. Also in 1987, the Stephens Datsun facilities, across the street on Commerce Avenue, was purchas

Bud Clary Subaru


Dealer Info:


Phone(s):(360) 423-1700
Address:961 Commerce Ave, Longview, WA, 98632
  • Monday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Reviews on Bud Clary Subaru

 
Neil I. | 2015-03-24

My experience was in buying a used Subaru from them.

My experience with my salesman, Chance Shipman, was very positive (I asked his permission to use his name).  In the time I was there over multiple trips there were only two typical used car salesman lines spoken but often they are required to use them, they weren't that bad, and it was overall a very good experience with him.  Friendly, knowledgeable, relaxed, etc.  He followed up to see how it was going.  He had my concerns checked out, did the due diligence.

The other salesmen at the Subaru dealership seemed friendly, too.  There was no rotation of salespeople forced on you, no sense of nervous sales energy desperation.

The car itself was fairly low mileage, very clean on the inside.

CAVEATS:

(1) The Chevrolet dealership kitty corner across the street owns this little Subaru outpost.  When you work on the final parts of the sales process one heads over there and they don't have the classic Subaru dealership feeling or mindset over at the Chevy dealership, not surprisingly.

Over at their Chevy dealership the fellow I dealt with for the post-sales paperwork and warranty sales effort at the Chevrolet shop was Rich Black.  He was friendly, knowledgeable, professional, and for the most part relaxed with minimal sales pressure tactics.  If you have AAA you might want to talk to them about used car warranty options in preparation for this stage of the process.

(2)  The used car original pricing was very high, $3,000 over the fair market value at KBB for a dealer car at the zip code at its mileage, however I worked with them to get a good fair price without much fuss.  I did not ask for a killer deal, nor did I give them a whacky crazy mark up.  In other words, they accepted a reasonable deal, don't avoid them just because their first ask may be so much higher than market.  It is up to us customers to do the pricing research.

(3)  The car had several cosmetic issues that didn't show up in the pictures. Significant gravel strikes across one side, dark spot stains on the trim around the shift.  Though there were online pictures of the car at both these spots, you can't see these defects in the pictures.  Just use common sense when working with used car dealerships, either check out the car yourself or have a trusted family/friend do so.

(4)  They don't take the presales check very seriously beyond the basic functionality.  The car runs fine, and still 2 months later it is still going strong.  However when I first looked at the car:

- The moonroof was broken
- The driver door rattled something fierce
- When you turn the heater up the fan hums very loudly
- The seat edge broke off when I sat in the driver seat
- Car remote control issues

They fixed the moonroof, fixed the driver door after confirming it likely started to rattle during their window fix, another service shop found a leaf causing the heater noise issue, they fixed the seat edge issue though it has since failed again, and my salesperson fixed the remote control issue.  So if you check out the car in detail, say at least an hour at a shop and at least half an hour yourself checking buttons, doors, etc. and you find some issues, they may take care of issues you would expect a dealership to.  I didn't expect them to fix the cosmetic issues, and indeed they didn't.

Note that on the Chevrolet side they did not examine issues with the car or say that they will look into the issues first, they began with push back that the car is "As Is".  If some actual feature of the car is broken, or logic suggests they caused the issue, for example the driver door rattle on this low mileage car is on the side that had a window fixed, you may need to stand up for it.  I was ready to just leave and move on, but to my relief they took care of broken features and things that broke during their prep.  This is a dealership, not any old used car lot, you should expect them to have some self-respect for the cars they sell, and to pay a little more on the flip side.

(5)  There was a mismatch between what my salesperson said he was told they will fix and the final offer over in the Chevrolet shop regarding what they would fix.  In the end they did honor the compromise we already worked out so we didn't have to walk away.  So again, just use common sense when buying a used car, make sure the final offer matches the negotiation you worked out already.

(6)  Limited Subaru selection on the lot compared to big dealerships.  This isn't surprising given the more limited population served.  If they are in your area check them out, though don't expect a massive inventory.

SUMMARY:

I'd buy from these folks again, I had a good experience with Chance (I'm not a relative, friend, friend of a friend, etc. of anyone there).  For folks heading there, just remember as with any used cars it is your responsibility to do the research and check out the car as seriously as the expense demand

 
A S. | 2015-01-30

these guys are the absolute bottom of the barrel. I used the internet to get quotes, etc. and they answered with an attractive offer. The specific car was exactly what I wanted. After many phone calls which wasted a day and a half, they said, hey, that car cannot be found "in our system" but we have a better car - i.e. more expensive, features I did not want. The old bait and switch as taught in sleaze car selling 101 still exists in Longview. No way would I ever deal with them again. Beware.

 
Cliff T. | 2014-03-12

This is a great place to buy a car! No high pressure, good service and competitive pricing. Even if it's a bit of a drive I recommend the extra effort to buy from this dealer.

 
Dan G. | 2013-09-30

Bud Clary was great, we were really happy with the price and service we received buying a new Forester.  After getting the run-around from other dealers it was really refreshing.  Scott, our salesman has been selling Subaru's at Bud Clary for years, and was very familiar with our Forester and knew the vehicle inside and out, showing us all the tips and tricks and even getting the Bluetooth and navigation set up for us before we left.  Scott even called to check in later and make sure the car is working out for us.

 
Stephanie B. | 2012-10-07

Purchased new car, very positive experience! No hassle, no games, straight up all the way around. Sales was helpful and knowledgeable, finance was fair, service excellent. Usually run for the hills after visiting a car dealership, didn't have the I need to take a shower after feeling.