When buying a new car, specifics such as color, four-wheel drive, manual or automatic and comfort may come to mind, but one of the most important things to look for when car shopping is auto recalls.
There have been nearly 20 million auto recalls this year, with as many as one in three cars with recalled parts or problems going unfixed. What’s more alarming, as a North Charleston personal injury lawyer, is that many of those potentially dangerous cars are being sold on used car lots to unsuspecting buyers.
Nearly 30 percent of all recalled vehicles are not fixed by their owners, with many ending up in used car lots, according to ABC news. Unfortunately, these cars are legally sold to uninformed buyers because there is no law requiring secondhand dealers to disclose any car recalls. Recalls are often because something isn’t safe with the car, potentially causing dangerous car accidents.
As a South Carolina car accident attorney, I’d like to remind people to research the vehicle they’re buying for recent recalls and check the vehicles history, which can be done online. Buyers who already purchased a used vehicle with a recall can still get the problem fixed for free, if the recall is still open.