The Effects of Recalls on Used Car Buyers in Cornwall

The Effects of Recalls on Used Car Buyers in Cornwall


How used car shoppers near Ottawa, Fort Covington, and Lancaster can avoid purchasing a recalled vehicle

Vehicle recalls in Massena can consist of any type of defect. From a minor inconvenience to a major issue, the thought of purchasing—or having just purchased—a vehicle that may have a defect can be stressful.

Fortunately, under federal law, new cars at Seaway Hyundai can be sold only if all pending recalls have been performed. With used cars, sellers aren’t required to adhere to the same law. Used car dealerships and private sellers in Lancaster and Ottawa can technically sell vehicles with outstanding recalls to buyers.

Certified pre-owned and NADA

There are a few measures in place to help protect buyers from purchasing a car with an outstanding recall.

In order for a manufacturer-backed pre-owned vehicle to become certified, it must pass a rigorous inspection that includes being up to date on any open recalls. Additionally, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) advises its members to frequently check their inventory for vehicles that have been recalled and to perform the work before selling.


But what if you’re buying from a private seller or a used car lot?

There is no law or regulation formally protecting buyers from purchasing a used vehicle with an outstanding recall in Cornwall. The burden ultimately falls on consumers to protect themselves from purchasing a vehicle that might have a defect or be unsafe to drive.

Protecting yourself from purchasing a recalled vehicle

  1. Check for recalls on the vehicle you’re interested in purchasing. A good place to start is Transport Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls Database.
  2. The manufacturer’s or dealer’s website is also a good place to look for open recalls.
  3. Work with the seller to get the recall taken care of before purchasing the vehicle.
  4. Look up the car on CarFax – they offer a free recall check service that will tell you the recall status of the vehicle you’re looking to purchase.
  5. As a last resort, make an appointment with Seaway Hyundai immediately following the purchase to have it taken care of before you start to rely on the vehicle for transportation.
  6. If you’ve already purchased a vehicle that has an open recall, give Seaway Hyundai a call and they will be able to set you up with an appointment to have it serviced free of charge. Be prepared with the vehicles VIN, make, model and year.

The best way to avoid purchasing a vehicle in Massena that has an outstanding recall is to visit a trusted dealership that sells new vehicles from the manufacturer of the used vehicle you’re looking to buy. The dealership would have little to gain from being furtive with recall information, since they would be responsible for its repair. If you can’t avoid buying from a private seller, be sure to research before purchasing. The more you know about the manufacturer and the vehicle itself, the better your chances of being unaffected by a recall.



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