Purchasing a used car? Make sure defects have been fixed

There are of course ways to avoid this outcome or at least reduce the risk of it occurring, In addition to purchasing a certified pre-owned car, simply asking a dealer to make sure that there are no open recalls on a vehicle can make a difference.

When those are not options purchasing a vehicle history check for between $20 and $40, can provide the same information. As a bonus, it will also provide information regarding any accidents the vehicle has been in. People can look up recall information by entering the 17-digit vehicle identification number into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN lookup site.

Recalls can impact a variety of automobile parts including:

  • Leaky brake lines
  • Air bags that inflate with too much force
  • Brake master cylinder caps where words have been replaced by pictures

Depending on the circumstances surround the purchase of a vehicle that has not been repaired per a recall, it is possible that if an injury inducing accident were to occur, a personal injury lawsuit could be appropriate. The best way to make this determination is to consult with a lawyer.