Nov 6, 2010 6:48 PM by Matt Stafford

Recalls on the road

Derek Fetty has been working on cars for a while; but lately, across the board, he's seeing more auto recalls than usual.

"Here lately they've (government regulators) been getting a lot more, a lot more, meticulous about what kind of repairs they're going to let slide through the cracks," Fetty, a master technician at Pikes Peak Acura, explains.

While the repairs vary from car to car, Fetty understands why the recalls come up -- cars are complicated.

"Everything has got to be just top-notch," says Fetty.

But for each one he fixes, Fetty knows there could be a dozen more on the road, not fixed.

"It's an alarming thing because there's so many cars out there that have recalls on them that haven't been done," Fetty explains.

At Pikes Peak Acura they say they're watching for the recalls; but, especially with used cars, the recalled ones can slip through the cracks. However, they say customers that don't check aren't paying enough attention.

"I don't think they are thinking about it," says Adam Landkammer, sales manager at Pikes Peak Acura.

Landkammer says all it takes is a simple search to see what you're getting into before you take it off the lot.

"Get the V.I.N. (vehicle identification number), call that dealership and they'll be able to pull it up right away." Landkammer explains. He says they use Carfax to get customers a report on each car they sell. It's they're part to keep recalled cars in park.

A lot of customers will pay close attention to the details on the price tag of a car they're buying, but safety should be as much of a concern.

Pikes Peak Acura checks Carfax for their customers. You can learn more by clicking here.

Here are other resources to check for recalls on your car or one you are thinking about buying:

You can also look up specific recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by clicking here.


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