What to do when your Car has a Recall

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What is an Auto Recall?

An auto recall happens when the NHTSA(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) or car manufacturer determines that a part of a vehicle is unsafe. Auto recalls are usually preventative measures, but it’s always best for automakers to err on the side of caution. Since it’s the car maker’s responsibility to make sure that all cars on the road are as safe as they can be–your car dealership will always fix it for free.

What Happens when your Car has a Recall?

While it’s always better to take your car in for a recall, it’s not always a matter of urgency. When you receive a letter in the mail regarding your car, make sure to read through it carefully and follow their instructions. If you have not received any notice but are curious if your car has one, you can always look up your vehicle’s VIN number online to check for current recalls. However, open recalls can affect your ability to sell your car when you wish to do so. If you meet with a potential buyer, full disclosure is always the best policy.

What to Do when your Car has a Recall

Usually, the notice sent to your mailbox will tell you what the next steps are in the process. If you’re wondering what to do when your car has a recall, most likely, you will need to set up an appointment with your local dealership. If your vehicle’s tires have been recalled, be sure to schedule an appointment within 60 days.

“What if I’m not able to get my car fixed?”

Depending on your circumstances, you may not be able to get your car fixed immediately. For example, the Takata Airbag Recall is a dangerous recall that has affected 37 million vehicles, and supplies still may not be available for months or years. In cases like this, it may be wise to rent another car until supplies become available or even sell your car. CashforCars.com buys vehicles in all conditions–recalled or not. We buy cars of all models and conditions newer than 2002. Don’t hassle trying to sell your car with a recall, let us do the heavy lifting. Call Cash for Cars today!

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