Today, car recalls seem more common. If consumers are not completely safe in their cars, there is no point in being on the road. The Toyota Rav4 is the most current recall in 2012. The manufacturer issued the recall in late July, and now many people wonder, “What exactly do I do now?” If this is you, here are a few steps to take.
Ask questions about your recalled car
If you heard about you vehicle recall on the news or online, follow up with your car manufacturer to ask questions. Manufacturers should contact vehicle owners by mail if their specific vehicle has been recalled. Although you may hear about it on the news, your car may not be included in the recall. Wait a couple of days. If you do not receive a notice, contact your local dealership for a copy.
Ask your manufacturer or simply do research online about the specifics of the recall. The problem may be mechanical or something as basic as a window malfunction. It is important that you understand the problem, so you can be alert when driving.
If your car has indeed been recalled, figure out if it is safe to drive in the meantime. Some recalls may need immediate fixing, while others may be safe to drive for a couple of weeks.
Important information about a car recalled
By law, recalled vehicle manufactures are required to repair the defect or completely replace the vehicle. They may also need to compensate you for the price you paid for the vehicle minus the depreciation. Obviously, repairing the defected part is the most cost-effective option for the manufacturer. This will be their recommendation most of the time.
If your car simply needs repairs, look into going to your local dealership. Many times they will repair your recalled vehicle for free. The dealerships usually have a contract with the manufacturer saying that they will do the repairs for free. If the dealership refuses to provide you with free service, call your manufacturer.
We are here to help
Many recalls are not life threatening, but you should keep your eye out nonetheless. If you have a car recalled, call Xpress Lube. We will make the repairs to allow you to drive safely. Call us today at (336) 993-7697.