Jim Grant's Tech Tips
Q: If I own a 91 vehicle with recalls can I bring it
to a shop/dealership for repairs... and are they for free? Just wondering.
you have to understand that recalls come in different flavors; voluntary
and safety. A recall will commonly have a time and/or mileage limitation.
If the recall is a safety recall the age or ownership of the vehicle is
not a factor. To have the repairs performed at no cost requires that the
work be done at the dealer. In the event you have had safety related repairs
performed prior to the announcement of the safety recall, manufacturers
have historically reimbursed the vehicle owner for those repairs if they
present their receipt of the repairs.
can get up-to-the-minute information on safety recall campaigns, or information
on the recall history of a particular make and model of the car or truck,
by calling the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Agency's
toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236), or
by accessing NHTSA on the Internet at www.nhtsa.dot.gov