At Sedalia’s Bryant Motors, we carefully screen our pre-owned cars before putting them on the lot to ensure that you can purchase a used car with peace of mind. But for those who are not shopping at Bryant, buying a used car can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially in an age full of automotive recalls.
Thankfully, a new, free online tool can help consumers make sure that they’re making a safe investment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’ s (NHTSA) new online tool allows you to look up the VIN number of any car manufactured in the last 15 years to see if there are any unresolved recalls on the car.
According to the NHTSA, one in four recalled cars never receive necessary recall repairs. What’s more, used car dealerships are not legally obligated to warn you about unattended recall problems. If you choose a shady car dealer or private party sale option, this means you could be driving around a dangerous car without ever knowing it.
This free tool isn’t just limited to those purchasing a car, though. If you’ve changed address over the course of owning your current car, or if you bought your car from a private party and you aren’t registered with the manufacturer, you could have missed recall information. Any and all car owners can use the tool to ensure that there aren’t any outstanding recalls that need to be performed on their car.
Purchasing Used? Here are a few things to be on the lookout for…
Checking for safety recalls isn’t all that you should do when purchasing a used car. The car dealer you’re working with should always provide you with the car’s history, including service records and any bodywork done to the automobile. Make sure you ask what kind of service work the car received from the dealership, too.
If you’re purchasing from a private party, you need to make sure that you search the car’s history online with a site such as Carfax, using the car’s VIN number. Use the new NHTSA tool to check for recalls. You should also make sure that you have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic that you trust, and you should test drive the car and feel comfortable in it.
Wherever you buy your used car, you should never feel rushed by the owner or dealership to seal the deal in a hurry. If you feel pressured, walk away.
Why should I buy my next pre-owned car at Bryant Motors?
Buying a used car can save you money, but it can require more risk. You can help reduce your risk and protect yourself from recalled cars and other potential problems by working with a reliable used car dealership.
At Bryant Motors, your trust and satisfaction is very important to us. We carefully prescreen each used vehicle on our lot to ensure that you’re getting a safe and dependable automobile. We offer a no-pressure, relaxed atmosphere. We also want you to feel educated about the car of your choice; if you have questions or concerns about the cars history, please ask us! We’re here to serve you so that you can feel solid in your decision to purchase a pre-owned car or truck, regardless of the recalls of the day.