Can I take my used car in for a recall?

If I just bought a car off the street and found there were recalls for what does not work on the car, can I still take the car in to get it repaired if it has not already been done?

Absolutely you can. Just because you bought the car used or from a private owner doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to important safety recalls. You can always find out if your car has any recalls — or has already had them fixed — by calling the dealership; you may need the VIN on hand, though.  You can also check the Cars.com recall database for what recalls have been issued on your car.

There is an age limitation, though, for getting the recall done at no charge. According to NHTSA, “In order to be eligible for a free remedy, the vehicle cannot be more than 10 years old on the date the defect or noncompliance is determined. Under the law, the age of the vehicle is calculated from the date of sale to the first purchaser.”

For more information on recalls, see the Cars.com article “What Recalls Mean to You.”

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on November 7, 2007 in How Safe is This Car? , I'm Just Wondering , What Does This Mean? | Permalink

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