“Secret Warranties” Can Get You Free or Discounted Car Repair

Every now and then, a car manufacturer releases a safety recall. If it’s a big one, they’ll send you a letter and you can get your car fixed for free. But, according to Consumer Reports, many times the less severe recalls aren’t advertised. With a little searching, you might be able to find “secret warranties” and take advantage of free or discounted car repair.

They explain:

Though manufacturers often call these programs service actions or customer-satisfaction campaigns, many people refer to them as secret or hidden warranties because they’re rarely announced to the public. How do these “secret warranties” come about? They usually originate when automakers discover that some component or system in a given model is failing at a greater rate than expected. They learn about the problems from numerous sources, including complaints to their customer-service departments and reports from dealers…

They suggest getting a free summary at safecar.gov, where you can search for recalls using your VIN number. The summaries can be vague, but you can order a full report by mail. Consumer Reports adds that simply asking a repair shop might work, too.

For more detail, check out their full post:
Get your car fixed for (almost) free | Consumer Reports

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