Who pays for the repairs for car recalls?

Who Pays for the Repairs of Recalled Vehicles?

March 22nd, 2019 by Greg Marks

When a part on your car, truck or SUV is recalled, the first thing you should do is take your vehicle to the nearest dealership. There is no need to take it to the dealership where it was purchased; the closest dealership is fine. Once at the dealership, you should not have to pay for any repairs. The cost of any replacement part or repair should be covered by the manufacturer.

Do You Have to Pay for Recall Repairs?

If the dealership tries to tag on extra fees or asks you to pay for a repair directly related to the recall, you can and should refuse to pay. In the event that this happens, it is best that you contact the manufacturer directly. The manufacturer is paying the dealership to fix your car, and there is no need for you to pay as well.

Note that the federal government requires vehicle manufacturers to provide you with a recall remedy at no cost and within a reasonable amount of time. As you might expect, you may need to wait for your recall, but you should not have to pay for it.

Also note that while your recall repair is free of charge, the choice in how it is fixed is up to the manufacturer. There are three recall remedies they can choose – all of them are free to you – but you do not get a say in the matter:

  • Repair: The car manufacturer will fix the defect at no cost. This is the most common remedy and is done for smaller, easy-to-repair problems.
  • Replace: The car manufacturer will replace the vehicle at no cost to you.
  • Refund: The car manufacturer will refund the purchase price of the car, minus depreciation. Refunds are available only for vehicle recalls; if the recall is for equipment, manufacturers only have to repair or replace equipment that is defective.

Are Recall Repairs Free?

As we noted above, yes, recall repairs are free: The federal government requires it. But if you have already paid for the repair of a recalled part and the repair occurred less than one year before the recall, the manufacturer is required to reimburse you for the cost of the repair as long as a dealership made the repair. Manufacturers do not have to pay for repairs made by non-dealer mechanics, so be sure to get your car fixed at the dealership, and always save your receipts.

The bottom line is this: You should never pay a dime for a recall repair on your vehicle. If you have done so and the auto manufacturer is being difficult with you, we advise that you speak to a car defect attorney in Texas.

Contact Us For a Free Case Evaluation

If you have any further questions about the recall of your vehicle, or if you are suspicious that a defective car part caused your Texas auto accident, do not hesitate to contact a motor vehicle defect lawyer. Call Guajardo & Marks at 972.534.2855 to schedule your free consultation.