You may not know this, but automotive dealers currently do not have to repair recalls on used cars before selling them. That could all change if Congress has anything to say about it.
On April 13 2015, Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced the Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act. If passed, auto dealers will need to fix outstanding safety recalls before selling or leasing used passenger vehicles.
Some dealers are pushing back against the bill. They say it will not make the roads or consumers safer. Further, they believe it will suppress consumer trade-in values; unless consumers complete the repairs.
The nation’s largest car retailer, Auto Nation, sees it different. Last month, they pledged to no longer sell or lease used vehicles with recalls until fixed.
Currently, the Act is only requiring dealers to comply. So if you’re selling your vehicle privately, it doesn’t affect you. Yet, our friends at MotorLister encourage you to repair all outstanding recalls. Every listing on MotorLister provides you with all outstanding vehicle recalls and service bulletins. So whether you’re a buyer or seller, please take a look at this information before finalizing the deal.