Making sure that car you want to buy is safe

If you’re in the market for a used car, how do you know that it will be safe for you to drive? One way, obviously, is to have a trusted mechanic check it out.

But there’s another way. A new rule issued by the federal government, effective August 15, 2014, will require automakers and motorcycle manufacturers to provide information, updated weekly, on uncompleted vehicle safety recalls. And they will have to put the information online. You will be able to search by the VIN number and it will be free to access this information.

So you will be able to tell if there are safety hazards that were not taken care of by the previous owner. You can already access recall notices for your vehicle at safercar.gov.

Helps with that “peace of mind” thing.

Jan

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