Having your vehicle recalled is a scary thing to have happen. After all, if a vehicle is recalled for a defect, the issue is most likely important. Recalls happen all the time for various reasons. Though recalls themselves are common, what to do when the vehicle is recalled is not commonly discussed.
Most car companies will send mail to you if they have your address, which they should have if you bought your car from a car dealer (this usually excludes dealerships who focus on used cars.)
2. You are usually required to bring the vehicle to the dealership from where it was originally sold.
Sadly, your local independent auto shop cannot do recall repairs, usually due to licensing or legal reasons. The good news is, however, a recall is free if the recall was issued by the manufacturer. For example, if a Toyota is recalled, the repair is usually done at the Toyota dealership who sold it new, regardless of who currently owns it. If you cannot get to that specific dealership, you should attempt to go to your local dealer.
3. If you have the repair done, you should keep the records.
It is incredibly important you keep the records of a recall repair. If something should happen to the vehicle or if you try and resell it, proof that the job has been done is great to have.
If your vehicle ever gets recalled, you can rest easy, you now know everything there is to know about recalls.
Headlights are a crucial part of any car. After all, without them, driving after sunset would be more of a dangerous stunt than a common activity. Headlights, like any other part, wear over time. Replacing headlights, however, are not as cut and dry as “change your headlights at X miles,” but “when can you not see anymore?” To expand on the topic, we spoke with Manchester Auto and Tie of Mint Hill’s co-owner and co-founder Ken Manchester.
“Headlights go bad. A lot of people think you just have to replace headlight bulbs every now and again but a lot of times you have to replace the whole headlight assembly too.”
Ken expanded on the topic; “A lot of times we don’t realize how bad our own headlights are. After all, we drive them every single day, we aren’t going to notice the hang in visibility as well as we think we can.”
“What you have to check for is the “fogginess.” When you look into your headlight, can you actually see the bulb? Can you see anything in there? If the answer is no, its time to consider new ones.”
We then asked Ken if there is a law about headlight visibility.
“Yea, kinda.” He said. “State inspectors are supposed to fail you if they think they’re too foggy. Its an automatic fail if your headlight is cracked or has condensation in it. If your headlights get to that point, the state thinks they need to go ASAP. Its a safety thing. Ultimately, if you think your headlights need to be replaced, just have them checked by professionals. They’ll tell you whats OK and whats not.”
If you’d like to talk to Ken or his associates, you can call Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill at 704-545-4597 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org