In today’s difficult economy, buying a used car has become more popular than ever, with many buyers opting for certified used cars for the reassurance and confidence in their purchases. The lure of buying a certified used car is simple. Cars that are advertised as “certified” usually come with additional warranties, are fully inspected by the dealer, and usually have all their defects repaired before being sold. But now the term “certified” can be misleading due to the latest FTC laws.
Used Cars Can Now Be Sold with Open Recalls
A new FTC ruling in 2106 now allows dealers to advertise a used car as certified – even vehicles with safety issues that have not been fixed under outstanding recall notices. This decision allows dealers to sell the defective vehicles as long as they post notices that the vehicle may be subject to recalls and include information on where to check for recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken the exact opposite position, arguing that cars should have all their calls fixed before being sold.
This decision is dangerous because it means that vehicles with exploding Takata airbags can be sold, even if the airbags have not been fixed. It is likely that after the FTC’s decision, we may be seeing an increase in drivers and passengers being injured and killed due to unsafe used cars. Since the federal regulators do not seem to be on the side of the consumers, it is important that car shoppers take steps to protect themselves by following these basic used-car shopping tips below.
Tips to Protect Yourself When Shopping for Used Cars
- Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for any recalls. You can use this site by the NHTSA to look up a vehicle’s outstanding recall notice: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/
- Avoid buying a used car with an open recall notice.
- Check a vehicle’s Carfax report – this will detail the vehicle’s complete history regarding accidents and title changes.
- If a dealer pressures you into buying a vehicle with an unfixed recall, find a new dealer.
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