Federal law does prohibit car dealers from selling or leasing new cars that are subject to a manufacturer's recall. But what you may not know, as a used car buyer, is there is no law that protects you.
When you are car shopping...
Search for recalls listed for any vehicle you may be interested in.
If a recall pops up, get proof of the repair.
Always ask the dealer or seller to provide a written notice, stating the vehicle has not been in a serious accident.
If it has, always ask for proof of those repairs. Because yes, that damage could be just as dangerous as a safety defect that is subject to recall.
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