About 25 Percent of Cars on the Road Need Recall Repairs—Will You Buy One?

Buying a used car can be a little like playing Russian roulette these days.

Even though modern cars are as safe as automobiles have ever been, about one in four cars on the road have open recalls on them. That translates to over 63 million cars in the United States that have been recalled but never fixed.

That represents a massive 34 percent jump over the figure that was measured a year ago.

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Total Recall: 5 of the Most Expansive Automotive Recalls of 2016

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The end of Daylight Savings Time is a great time of year to take stock of some of the often-overlooked essentials around the house. Families everywhere will, of course, turn their clocks back, but this adjustment can also be a great way to remember to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it’s also a great time to check to see if your vehicle has any outstanding recalls. 2015 saw a record number of automotive recalls issued, and it’s hard to see 2016 slowing that trend down.

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Finally, an Easy Recall Lookup Tool!

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There’s a 30 percent chance that the used car you’re driving has never had a defect repaired.

Automakers issue recalls on cars almost as often as they produce new models, so odds are good that your car has been recalled at some point. Thirty percent of recalled cars are never repaired, which isn’t a big deal if the recall is minor and involves something like a floor mat or trunk hinge. The missed repair could be devastating if the recall is for something more serious, like the recent GM ignition switch debacle.

Used car shoppers, until now, had to conduct difficult research to determine whether or not a car was recalled and repaired. As of this week, there’s an easy online tool that anyone can use to find out quickly whether or not recall repairs have been made on used cars.

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Rash of Recalls Raises Questions

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Consider the fact that cars today are better and safer than ever before. It’s nearly impossible anymore to go out and buy a bad new car.

Even the least expensive new car on the market is almost guaranteed to provide years of reliable and trouble-free service. Brands traditionally known as unreliable or prone to breakdowns have even evolved to the point of being safe buys.

There are a few brands lately, though, that seem to have had some trouble in the reliabilty department. But don’t worry about that… it affects only potential buyers of vehicles from Toyota, BMW, Nissan, Honda, General Motors and Chrysler.

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