Are you in the market for a used car? Buying a pre-owned vehicle can save you money, reduce your insurance costs, and give you more bang for your buck. When shopping for a used car, it is important to make smart choices and keep safety in mind. There are certain steps you can take to make sure that your used car is ready for safe driving. Read on for safety tips to avoid recalls while shopping for your next used vehicle. 

Do Your Research

Unlike new cars, car dealerships are not required to inform buyers or recalls or make the needed repairs. However, it's very easy to see if the car you are interested in has an open recall before you ask the experts at your home for used cars in Winchester VA. You can simply visit, a free website run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and enter the vehicle's VIN number. This website will let you know of any open recalls on the vehicle. Bringing this knowledge to the table will help you purchase a used car that is safe and reliable. 

Ask For Repairs Before Buying

When you are in the market for a used car, you should be an advocate for safety. If the car you are interested in has an open recall, it is completely reasonable to ask the dealership to fix the repair before you purchase. The repair costs should fall on the dealership, not the buyer. You can also take the car to the manufacturer's dealer and have it repaired free of cost. 

Shop At A Dealership You Can Trust

The most important step you can take is to shop at a used car dealer that you know and trust. While not required, many used car dealers do inform customers of open recalls, and trustworthy dealers will fix any needed repairs before selling a vehicle. 

Here at Malloy Clearance Center, we value safety as a top priority. We hope these tips help you shop for a used car with knowledge and confidence. By taking your time and doing some research, you can make an informed decision about your next used car purchase.


Malloy Clearance Center

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Directions Winchester, VA 22601

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