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How to spot recalled cars for sale

Canandaigua, N.Y. - Local dealers are warning consumers about some startling numbers about the amount of used cars for sale under recall.

According to Carfax, more than 3 million recalled vehicles sit on car lots, and you might not know it.

Carfax said there are 150,000 used vehicles for sale in New York state that are under recall.

Since the news of General Motors' recall, car dealerships like Randall Farnsworth Auto Group in Canandaigua have fielded lots of calls from concerned customers.

"We try to inform them that they will be notified by the manufacturer," said owner Randall Farnsworth.

Farnsworth said as a franchise partner with GM, his dealership has a responsibility to check all cars it takes in.

"Any used car we take in on trade we have to check for any outstanding recalls, and are not to resell it until those recalls are completed," said Farnsworth.

But that may not be the case with some independent used car dealers.

Brad McAreavy, president of the Rochester Automobile Dealers' Association, said for some dealerships, checking their inventory may be time consuming.

"You might have to work at it," McAreavy said. "More and more information is out there through websites."

Many manufacturers have websites that allow consumers to enter their vehicle identification number (VIN) to find out if their car is under recall.

McAreavy said if you're serious about buying a car, do your homework.

"I think as a consumer, that needs to be part of your questioning about buying this car," he said. "Are you aware if there's an open recall or not? Did you contact a franchise dealer to find out if there was?" 


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