Buying a used car is a wonderful option. You will save a great deal of money because you can avoid paying for the depreciation of the car. However, be sure that your used vehicle is in proper mechanical condition and still has many years of life left. You do not want to worry about breaking down in the middle of the road or paying for extensive and expensive repairs.
Be sure to check if your potential car has been recalled. If the vehicle has been recalled and the recall problem has yet to be fixed, you are facing a safety hazard. You can ask the previous owner/dealer of the vehicle or try calling the manufacturer.
Fortunately, there’s a quick way to check on car recalls. The website, SaferCar.gov is a great tool set up by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Enter the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), typically found on the front of the engine block. The site will then identify if the vehicle has been recalled over the past 15 years and whether those repairs were made. If those repairs were not performed, automakers must provide free repairs if the car is 10 years old or less, regardless of the warranty status.
Whether a car is repaired or not, if you get into an accident and are hurt, you may have a case against the previous owner or manufacturer. You can find out by contacting us. As your personal injury lawyer, we will defend your rights.