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Buying a car at an auction? Research it first

Buying a car at an auction? Research it first


AUCTION MAY SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA — GET A NICE CAR FOR A LOW PRICE. BUT BEING THE HIGHEST BIDDER, COULD MAKE YOU THE BIGGEST LOSER. WITH A LOCAL AUCTION COMING UP NEXT MONTH, 41 ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATOR JESSICA MCMASTER DISCOVERED GOVERNMENT VEHICLES ARE BEING SOLD WITH RECALLS YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE OF. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW — BEFORE YOU BID. Scott Waddell / Consumer Attorney The government has recalled MORE THAN 100 MILLION VEHICLES IN THE PAST TWO YEARS. “Fiat Chrysler has two big recalls on more than a million cars.” Nats “TAKATA IS ADDING NEARLY 3 MILLION MORE AIRBAGS TO WHAT’S BECOME THE LARGEST AUTOMOTIVE RECALL IN U-S HISTORY.” SOME RECALLS…DEADLY… we now know a tenth person died from problems with a recalled airbag inflator. WITH RECALLS CAUSING MAJOR PROBLEMS OUT ON THE ROADS, WE DISCOVERED GOVERNMENT VEHICLES ARE BEING SOLD TO THE PUBLIC AT AUCTION WITH UNFIXED RECALLS. ) like this chevy tahoe with a takata airbag that can explode. WHEN SEARCHING THROUGH A LOCAL AUCTION FOR GSA FLEET VEHICLES, OF ROUGHLY 50 CARS, WE FOUND 7 HAVE outstanding RECALLS. Scott Waddell-consumer attorney 1:28:42 they almost always involve safety so you’re talking about something that could kill somebody, right? CONSUMER ATTORNEY SCOTT WADDELL SAYS, BY THE TIME DRIVERS BECOME AWARE OF A POTENTIAL PROBLEM, IT’S OFTEN TOO LATE. Scott Waddell-consumer attorney 1:30:05 its either after a wreck or after a major safety problem has already manifested itself.” Selling them at auction — is legal. THE MISTAKE BIDDERS MAKE- FAILING TO RESEARCH THE VEHICLE THEY WANT PRIOR TO THE SALE. NATS cars driving by BUT, CHECKING FOR A RECALL BEFORE THE AUCTION IS REALLY EASY…GO TO GSA’S WEBSITE.-IF THE CAR YOU WANT HAS A RECALL, YOU FIND A BRIGHT RED YES LISTED NEXT TO IT. YOU CAN LOOK DEEPER INTO THE TYPE OF RECALL BY COPYING THE VIN, CLICKING THE YELLOW BUTTON AND PASTING THE NUMBER ONTO NHTSA’S WEBSITE. IT THEN GENERATES ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION BEFORE YOU BUY. WE DID REACH OUT TO GSA FOR THIS STORY BUT HAVE NOT HEARD BACK. I’M INVESTIGATOR JESSICA MCMASTER 41 ACTION NEWS.

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