If you are in the market for a used car or truck, stopping by an auction can seem like a great way to get a vehicle at a cheap price. What you might not know is that many auctions, including those run by the federal government, may sell vehicles that have open safety recalls for defective parts. Not only is the buyer put at risk, but anyone who that person shares the road with may also be in danger.
Many consumers have been left to question the legality of this practice. Despite the potential risk to the public, it may be completely legal, provided that the consumer is made aware of any current manufacturer safety recalls and any defective parts. However, mistakes in oversight can occur and a company’s negligence may put drivers on the road, unaware of the risk they are taking.
How can you be safe when purchasing a used vehicle?
Luckily, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides consumers with a free online tool through their website. Here, the public can look up open safety recalls on a vehicle or its parts by entering that vehicles information. Before investing into a used car or truck, write down its vehicle identification number (VIN) and search the NHSTA websites for open recalls.
While most vehicles will be free of any defective parts, cross-referencing an auction's vehicle list with the NHSTA list of active safety recalls can reveal potential issues before a purchase is made. Additionally, you may want to consider getting an independent appraiser or inspector to take a look at any prospective vehicles. Even if a vehicle has been listed as pre-certified, the extra few minutes to conduct a check online can help to keep you out of danger.
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Have you been involved in a car accident due to a defective product? Our Wichita car accident attorneys want to hear from you. If you were not made aware of a danger in your vehicle and you were injured as a result, the Hutton & Hutton Law Firm can help you to claim the monetary compensation you deserve. Our firm possesses more than 75 years of combined experience and has been named as one of the “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report.
Do you have questions about your auto accident? Call (316) 688-1166or request your no-cost consultation online.