As you’e undoubtedly noticed, the last few years have been notable in the auto industry for the enormous number of vehicle recalls being initiated. No automaker has been immune to recalls, and many drivers automatically assume that recalls are inherently a bad thing. This is generally untrue; rather than being eidence of poor manufacturing, it’s actually eidence of greater oersight oer customer satisfaction and safety. There are several things to know about vehicle recalls that you might not have been aware of, and we at Robbins Nissan are here to rectify that for you.
Facts about Vehicle Recalls
What is a recall? We’e actually seven people find out that their vehicle is being recalled, and had them assume that they were just trading in their car for a free new one. Well…not exactly. Instead, a recall occurs when a number of buyers of a common model encounter the same issue, and that the manufacturer decides to fix all of the affected models at once. This may be because of an error in manufacturing that wasn’t discovered until later, or it may be because standards or specifications have changed.
In any case, a recall is initiated, and vehicles that fall under this may have the problems soled at no charge. Read More: How to Care for your Tires How do I know if my vehicle is under recall? If you bought your car new, your VIN and contact information are likely still under file with the automaker, and they’ll contact you with your recall information. However, if you happen to learn of an impending recall before the automaker contacts you, you may initiate your recall on your own, either by contacting the manufacturer or going to an affiliated dealership (such as ours). What if I didn’t buy my vehicle new? This is not a problem, and it’s one we’re asked about frequently.
While the automaker might not be aware of the change in ownership, the vehicle is still covered under the recall until eight years after its initial sale date, which is when the statute of limitations for no-charge recalls passes. (You still may be eligible for recalls after eight years, although you may have to pay out of pocket.) It’s advisable that you contact the automaker yourself to update your information for future correspondence, and you can initiate the recall at this time. We hope that this sheds a little light on a tricky automotie issue.