When buying a new or used vehicle, you want to know that all of the safety options are working and that the car or truck will perform the way the manufacturer has promised it will. If something goes wrong with your vehicle at the manufacturer level, or if a federal safety standard has not been met, it is crucial that you are getting notices of the problem and what to do about it.
To stay abreast of vehicle recalls, consider the following:
• Search government websites. One way to stay updated on manufacturer recalls is to do a search on government agency websites, such as recalls.gov or the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s website. You can search these websites by a specific vehicle, or even by the VIN.
• Ensure your address is up-to-date. Vehicle recall notices from your state’s motor vehicle office are frequently mailed, so you need to make sure they have your correct address on file. In addition, if you’ve added additional safety equipment to your car, such as a child’s car seat, make sure to send in the registration that came with the product. That way, if there is a recall, you’ll hear about it.
• Save receipts. If you had to have your car repaired for a problem that you later found out the manufacturer put a recall out for, you may be entitled to reimbursement. There is a cutoff date for this option though — the vehicle cannot be more than 10 years old on the date the defect or noncompliance is determined, gov states.
• Call your dealer. If you’re having problems finding recall information on your vehicle, don’t hesitate to give your dealer a call. They can provide you with any recall notices they have received, and help you understand what the next steps are.
For more information about recalls and other vehicle-related issues, please continue to browse our blog. If you have any questions regarding manufacturer recalls, feel free to contact us or stop by our Sedalia location to speak with one of our friendly auto experts.