What to do if your car has been Recalled

It seems like every other day we hear on the news that another vehicle has been recalled because of one thing or another. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 22 million vehicles have been flagged for having safety issues making many concerned about how and when automakers should report these issues to consumers. Quanz Auto Body in Albuquerque, New Mexico cares about the safety of everyone and wants you to be prepared if you believe your vehicle is being recalled. Here are a few things to do:


Understand the Reason for the Recall

When a recall occurs, it is usually a safety precaution and does not mean that your vehicle will suddenly stop functioning properly. It only means that a possible issue has been identified in similar models and may appear in your vehicle model. Many automakers such as GM and Toyota will voluntarily announce recalls. These occur when a vehicle or its equipment such as tires do not meet federal safety standards.

Confirm your Vehicle is being Recalled

Federal law requires auto manufacturers to notify you by mail when there is a recall that may be affecting you. If you have not been contacted by the manufacturer in writing, you can contact them or visit the NHTSA’s website and search your vehicle’s make and model. Be sure to have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) with you which is located on the driver’s side of the dashboard in front of the steering wheel. It can also be located on the driver’s side doorjamb when the door is open.

Wait for Further Instructions

When a recall has been issued by an automaker or the federal government, you have to just wait for further instructions. Often times, your local dealership will make the necessary repairs at no charge, regardless of where you originally bought the car. However, they are not required to make these repairs before the official recall date is issued. In that case, you can always bring your vehicle by Quanz Auto Body in Albuquerque. We specialize in mechanical and collision repair for any make or model of vehicle and can help you.

When you find out that your vehicle is being recalled because of safety issues, worry and stress can begin to set in. The first step is to confirm your vehicle is being recalled then bring it by Quanz Auto Body in Albuquerque and we will help get your vehicle back up to the safety standards set by the federal government. At Quanz Auto Body, your safety and satisfaction come first. You don’t even have to have an appointment before seeing us, visit anytime. We make it better.