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MASON CITY, IA — Online posting sites make buying a car a breeze, but according to a recent study many cars are actually being bought with recalls on them.
With one click, you could be on your way to the car of your dreams, but as many are finding out, these cars might not even be fit to be on the road and car dealers say it’s a matter of who you can trust.
“A number of our face-to-face sales actually originate online. But in our case of course, they’d be dealing with a reputable dealer. They’re looking at vehicles that have been inspected,” said Mike Hopkey, Sales Manager at Hosmer Toyota.
According to a recent study, more than $2 million cars sold online in 2012 had been before recalled; a trend that experts say is growing every day. And while maintenance issues are problematic, if you’re not careful you could also be putting your life and the lives of your family in danger.
That fear alone is something that Mike says would too much of a risk to take.
“The fear that i’s have are the unknowns. Mechanically because theirs not a repair shop behind it and probably more importantly safety because of recalls,” said Hopkey.
Car fires, brake failures and airbag deployments are just some of the issues recalled cars face and like many issues they can start small but become much bigger.
“Theres millions of cars that have safety recalls out there now that have not been completed. When an air bag light is on, worst case scenario is on when your driving that car, your air bag system isn’t working so you put yourself and your family at risk,” said Paul Kapustynski, Service Director at Hosmer Toyota.
Most reputable dealerships do their own research on cars before they go to the lot and they urge you to do the same.
“Call the dealer; have that vehicle identification number run. If it’s a Toyota call the Toyota store. If it’s a Honda, call the Honda dealer. Whatever brand it is call that store and they can run that vehicle identification number for you and determine if there are any outstanding recalls on it,” said Paul