Car recalls can definitely send that feeling of dread straight into the pit of your stomach. It’s never pleasant to receive that notice in the mail. However, there are ways to make dealing with car recalls a little bit easier, and Toyota of Orlando is here to help. We have tips to help you navigate this situation with ease and with as little stress as possible. Let’s get started!
Learn what a car recall is
What is a car recall? This situation occurs when the vehicle in question no longer complies with federal safety standards, or has a safety defect. The automaker then issues a recall in order to get the vehicle back into compliance or to fix the defect. Not all car recalls are urgent – some of them can wait a bit and won’t cause an immediate problem – but they’re definitely not something you should ignore. After all, they ARE issued because of a problem with your drive time safety, so try to schedule the repair as soon as possible. And remember, recalls are repaired at no cost to you, so you won’t have to worry about a big bill when you visit our Orlando auto service center!
So how should you handle this situation? Here are some tips from our Orlando Toyota service techs:
- Look out for letters. Typically the manufacturer will send you an official letter in the mail detailing the recall and what you need to do to remedy the problem.
- Check the NHTSA website. They routinely keep an up-to-date list of any and all cars with recalls, and you can easily search your vehicle’s VIN to see if your car is on any lists. (It’s also helpful because you can additionally check recalls on car seats, tires, and other car parts and accessories while you’re there).
What should you look for with a recall? Every car recall is different, so the automotive manufacturer will detail warning signs for you in their notice. These can include things like:
- A full description of the defect
- Warning signs, including things to look and listen for
- The potential hazards and injuries that can come along with the recall
- Make and model information so you can verify your car is actually affected
- Manufacturer plans on how the defect will be addressed and repaired
- Instructions on how to get the defect repair, including who to contact to schedule Orlando auto service
What steps should you take after you receive a recall letter?
So what should you do after you discover your vehicle has a recall?
- Schedule the repairs as soon as you can; follow the instructions in your recall letter to find the proper place to do it.
- Make sure you reiterate that you’re scheduling an appointment for a recall; there should be no cost to you, as the manufacturer is required to pay for the fix.
Have questions? Need to schedule Toyota service in Orlando? Call us today – we’re ready and waiting seven days a week at (407) 298-4500.