Nobody wants their car to be recalled, but when it happens, it’s crucial that you know about it so that you can take it to a dealer and have it fixed. But when you buy your car used, how can you ensure you get recall notices? There are several ways:
- Keep your registration up to date: Automakers use registration to find owners of specific vehicles to mail out recall notices, so it is important to update your registration if you move.
- Get email alerts from NHTSA: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration handles recalls in the United States. You can sign up on their website for email alerts for your specific vehicle. Sign up here.
- Reach out to the automaker: You can contact most automakers directly via their websites when you buy their vehicle used to alert the automaker that you are now the owner. Doing so will add you to their list for recall notices.
- Turn to Carfax: Carfax is another service that, in addition to vehicle history reports, alerts you of relevant recalls for free. Just register your vehicle on the Vehicle Recall Page on Carfax’s website. You can do so here.
- Do it yourself: Just to be on the safe side, it’s a good idea to routinely check the NHTSA website to see if your vehicle has been recalled. Once every other month should do the trick.
If you’re not sure if there are an outstanding recall notices for your car, give Mama’s Used Cars a call and we’ll help you find out. We want to ensure you’re driving safely every day.