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By Bobbi Burger Brunoehler of BobbisBargains.
Several years ago I had a minivan that I LOVED. It was the first car that I had ever purchased myself. Unfortunately, one part kept breaking. I must have fixed it four times. I finally just gave the car away. A few months later, I was talking to a mechanic and mentioned how many times I had fixed that part. “Oh yes,” he said, “that part was a factory recall.”
“A factory recall?” What is that?
Turns out that every car has a list of problems that so many people have had with that particular year, make and model, that the factory agrees it screwed up and will replace it FOR FREE!
Instead of paying to fix a part four times, I could have
taken it to the dealer and they would have fixed it FOR FREE! The catch is that unless you are the original owner of the car and are registered with the dealer, you will never hear about this recall.
Fast forward to present time. Here I am with another van that I love. There are things wrong with the van, but I can fix them. THEN, the horn stops working, the cruise control stops working, and the air bag light comes on. Yikes! I take it to several mechanics and get quotes from $60 to $800. Oh dear.
This repair sends the cost of keeping the van over the top. I have to get rid of it. But then I remember my earlier adventure and go and check this website that lists all the factory recalls on cars. I find the year, make, and model of my car. Lo and behold, it turns out my van’s problem is on the lifetime factory recall list.
First thing in the morning, I call the dealer. Make an appointment and take it in. After two hours and ZERO dollars, my problem is solved. Unbelievable!
Find your car on the above list and see if your vehicle’s problem is covered under factory recall. You might be in for a pleasant money-saving surprise.