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New Cars and Recalls: Did Your Dealership Fool You?

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You must be aware of recent recalls if you're in the market for a new car. But what can you do to protect yourself from dealership scams? How can you make sure the car you're buying hasn't been subject to a recall? Our legal team provides you with all the information you need to avoid being taken advantage of by your local car dealership. Stay safe and informed!

What Is A Vehicle Recall?

A vehicle recall is when a car manufacturer finds that a car has a safety defect or doesn't meet federal safety standards. The manufacturer then has to fix the problem at no cost to the consumer. Sometimes, the manufacturer will ask an authorized dealer to repair the vehicle. But in other cases, the automaker will contact consumers directly and ask them to bring their car to a dealership for repairs.

Types of Recalls

There are two types of recalls:

  • Voluntary recalls happen when manufacturers find problems with their vehicles and issue a recall without being ordered by NHTSA.
  • Mandatory recalls occur when NHTSA orders manufacturers to issue a recall after investigating reports of safety defects or violations of federal safety standards.

Your Rights Under a Recall

If your vehicle is subject to a recall, you have certain rights under the law. First and foremost, all repairs must be made free of charge. Additionally, suppose the recall affects your ability to use or drive your vehicle. In that case, the manufacturer must provide you with a rental car at no cost while your car is being repaired. Finally, if the recall is for a serious safety defect and you don't feel safe driving your car, you can ask the manufacturer to repurchase it from you.

What You Need To Know About Car Recall Scams

You must be aware of recent recalls if you're in the market for a new car. New cars are always subject to recalls - sometimes for serious safety issues and sometimes for more minor problems. But either way, it's important to know about any potential issues with the car you're thinking of buying.

Unfortunately, not all dealerships are upfront about recalls when selling cars. Some dealerships may try to sell you a car that has been recalled without telling you! This is very dangerous, and it's vital to be aware of this possibility before you buy a car. Here are a few tips on how to avoid being scammed by your dealership.

Tips on Protecting Yourself Against Dealership Scams

  • Always do your research before buying a car. This includes checking for recalls on the make and model of the car you're interested in.
  • If you're unsure about whether a car has been recalled, ask to see the service records. The dealership should have these on hand.
  • Be wary of any pressure to buy a car quickly, without time to do your research. A good dealership will understand if you need some time to think things over.
  • Trust your gut - if something doesn't feel right, walk away from the deal.

Victim To Recall Fraud By a Dealership? Let O’Connor Law Group, P.C. Advocate For You!

If you think you may have been the victim of recall fraud by a dealership, we can help. We understand the frustration of being taken advantage of and not having a reliable car. Contact us today, and we'll work with you to get the compensation and justice you deserve.

Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (949) 390-9695 or fill out our online contact form