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How To Get Recall Notices on Your New Used Car

Used cars are a great bargain when you are looking to upgrade, but don’t have the money for something that is brand new. However, used cars can still be prone to problems and parts may be recalled in the future while you are the car’s owner. How do you stay informed on recalls when you are not the primary buyer? Here are some tips for staying in the know:

1. Keep Your Vehicle Registered

If your DMV mailing address is up-to-date- you will get notifications because automakers use state registration data to send notifications by mail. Incorrect addresses will lead to delays in notifications getting to you.

2. Subscribe for Email Alerts

Subscribe to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) email alerts. You can enter the year, make, and model of the vehicle you want updates for. The NHTSA will alert you when an automaker posts a recall for the same type of car, but on’t be able to tell you if your specific vehicle is involved in the recall.

3. Register with Carfax

Carfax will alert you on a recall specific to your individual vehicle using the VIN or license plate info. Alerts come via email, or through the app for iPhone and Android users.

4. Contact the Car Manufacturer

You can also notify the manufacturer directly that you have bought the car used and would like to be informed in case there are any recalls by giving your contact information.

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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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