What You Should Know About Recalls Before Buying a Car

You would think that new cars on a dealer’s lot have been fully road tested and safe to drive. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes there is a faulty part that didn’t show up in any of the preliminary testings and even the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) didn’t catch an obviously defective part. Sadly, those defects eventually lead to a serious car accident, but unless it can be proven that a defective part caused the car accident, you could face serious penalties up to imprisonment or loss of driving privileges.  This is when you’d need to find an experienced accident attorney to represent you against a number of different parties to a claim. Let’s look a bit deeper into automobile recalls.

How and Where to Research Current Recalls

Before getting your heart set on one particular vehicle that got a lot of pre-release press, do take the time to read about recalls. Those cars may already be on lots and although dealers should not be selling them, there are extenuating circumstances to be aware of. The process for recalling vehicles starts with claims being made and investigated. It may be months before those cars are recalled and until they are recalled, a dealer is within his right to continue selling those cars. Now you’ve bought a car and suddenly it’s recalled. A good source to view complaints might be a news site like or dealer websites where customers offer reviews. How frustrating would it be to just get behind the wheel only to have it pulled for repairs or replacement parts within the first month or so! Always do a bit of research before settling on what looks to be your dream car.

Used Cars and the Law – A Real Problem in the Near Future

In April of 2017, the State of New York settled with used car dealers, enabling them to continue selling cars with open safety recalls. The ‘wording’ is such that the dealer advertises they have recalled cars and/or parts on their lot. Sadly, who actually reads the fine print in media advertising? It is suggested that you check sites like the one mentioned here from Consumer Reports. Although you will probably have recourse to be compensated for any financial losses resulting from a purchase of a recalled vehicle, it may take the services of a highly experienced attorney. After all, they ‘did’ advertise, didn’t they? It would be up to an attorney to show that said disclosure was not readily transparent.

Buyers Beware

In real estate, “Caveat Emptor,” literally “Buyer Beware,” warns that you are buying property as is. Although there are lemon laws in many states, the onus falls on you to do the legwork. If you found that a vehicle had been recalled and you buy it anyway, what are your options for compensation? That probably depends on the state in which you live and the services of a smart lawyer. Keep that lawyer’s number handy. You just might need it!

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