18 October

Why You Should Check For Recalls Before Buying A Used Car

Faults with cars generally lead to the manufacturer issuing a recall. The carmaker will contact owners of the defective vehicle by going through from Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in the UK (known as the DVSA for short). The agency has access to the extensive database of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) where every road user in the country’s information is stored. Upon explaining the nature of the problem and how the manufacturer proposes to fix it, a recall number will be assigned and the vehicle should be briefly returned to the carmaker. Most recalled vehicles will be repaired and return back on the road in fully functional condition. Some will not.

When you are purchasing a car from a used car dealer, there is a small chance that you might have bought one of these cars that has been recalled. The current owner, for instance, may not have received the recall notice at the time of purchase. If this happens, you will have to send the car back to the manufacturer yourself for the repairs to be made. Luckily, this won’t cost you a penny – a recall is always done at the carmaker’s expense since it is their fault. However, it does mean that you will not be in possession of the vehicle for a period of time. You will not want to be sending it away for cosmetic detailing or repairs right after you have picked it up. It can be a significant inconvenience.

For this reason, it is important to do a brief check into whether the car you are considering purchasing has been issued for a recall by the manufacturer. Alarmingly, only one in five people shopping for a used car will ask about this. Your car dealer may be able to tell you if there are or have been any recalls when you speak to them. If they cannot, it can be done independently through the government website. You will just need to know the manufacturer, the date of manufacture and the model of the vehicle. This information can be found in the car’s logbook. The person or business selling you a used car should have this information if you get in touch with them.

The only question that remains is whether the seller has, in fact, sent the vehicle back to the manufacturer. A trusted used car dealer will be able to give you open, honest feedback about when and where these repairs were made. If the seller cannot provide this information, you may be able to check with a local manufacturer. This can put your mind at rest so you know you will have a functional, robust vehicle that does not require any lengthy repairs after your purchase it.

At Check Car Finance we will have done this checks and any car financed through us has been fully vetted and all the information about the car made available to you.