Vehicle Recalls: What You Need to Know!


Nobody likes having to take their vehicle into the shop for repairs, but the good news is that if your vehicle needs recall work you won't have to pay for it! Even better, if you have already completed the work and you have the proper paperwork when a recall comes out, you should be able to get a reimbursement!

So, while nobody wants to take their vehicle in for work, if you had to pick one type of repair your vehicle needs, recall work is the way to go!

How To Know if Your Vehicle Has a Recall

There are a couple of different ways that you might find out your vehicle has an open recall. First, if you're the original owner, the vehicle manufacturer might send you a letter in the mail informing you that there's an open recall on your vehicle.

Second, you can put your vehicle's VIN on our website here to see if there are any open recalls on your vehicle. We'll run the VIN against all open recalls to see if there's anything you need to worry about with your vehicle.

What To Do if Your Vehicle Has a Recall

If your vehicle has an open recall, you don't want to wait to put off repairs. Sometimes vehicle manufacturer's only cover repairs over a set period of time, and if you wait too long you might need to come out of pocket for the repairs.

Not only that but if there's an open recall on your vehicle, then there's something wrong. You don't want to have your vehicle on the road without everything in the proper working order, so don't put off recall repairs for too long.

Finally, if you notice your vehicle has a recall, read the fine print. Sometimes the recall specifically says that it covers the repair if your vehicle is displaying the condition. If it's not currently having problems it means your vehicle might not be affected by the recall.

While you can take your vehicle in to have a technician check it out if it's not showing signs of a problem they might not "fix" it under a recall repair. Of course, that means there's nothing actually wrong with your vehicle, so look at it as a win!

What To Expect During a Recall Repair

Whether you're taking your vehicle in for routine maintenance, necessary repairs, or recall work, it's best to know what you're getting yourself into before heading in to drop off your vehicle.

The first thing you should do is make an appointment. Shops will try to help you out if you just show up, but your vehicle isn't the only one that needs work, and the shops can get busy. Making an appointment reserves a time slot for you and your vehicle and increases the chances of you getting your vehicle in and out of the shop quickly.

Second, when you're making your appointment, they should be able to give you an estimated time that they'll need your vehicle in the shop. Recall repairs vary quite a bit on how long they'll take. Sometimes it's just a quick 15- or 30-minute job, and other times it can take a day or two.

Talking to the shop when you're making your appointment can help you get your expectations in line before you bring your vehicle in.

Finally, recall repairs won't cost you a dime. The vehicle manufacturer will pay for the dealership to complete the repair, so you won't have to come out of pocket for any repairs related to the recall. However, if your vehicle is already in the shop you might want to take advantage of it and have them check everything else out.

That way, when you get your vehicle back, you know it's in good working order. However, if they find something or complete work unrelated to the recall, you'll have to pay for that.

What if You Already Fixed a Recall Issue?

When you notice that there's something wrong with your vehicle, you're going to take it in for repairs. But what happens when you get that recall notice in the mail only to realize you already paid to fix the problem?

Well, if you still have the invoice on hand you're not out of luck. That's because if you've already paid to complete work that ended up becoming a recall, you're entitled to reimbursement for the work.

When you get the recall notice, read the section about what you need to do if you have already paid to complete the necessary work. Follow the directions carefully and you should get a reimbursement. 

If you don't have the invoice on hand and take your vehicle to Granite Subaru for repairs, reach out and they should be able to help you get all the necessary documentation to get your reimbursement. 

Why You Should Go With Granite Subaru for Your Recall Repairs

If your vehicle needs recall repairs you have lots of options at your disposal, but Granite Subaru is the way to go. The advantages they offer to make the recall repair as smooth as possible for you are clear.

Some of the unique features they offer at Granite Subaru are free pick-up and delivery valet service, complimentary loaner cars, free shuttle services, 24/7 scheduling, a pet-friendly facility, and so much more.

Granite Subaru makes the process as easy and as seamless as possible for you. That way you can move on with your day and get your recall repairs done as soon as possible with minimum disruptions to your life.

Granite Subaru also utilizes a team of Subaru specialists that know just how to handle any problem your Subaru might have, so you know you're getting top-notch repairs and service every time you bring your vehicle in for work.

Final Thoughts

Does your vehicle need recall repairs, or do you have questions about recall repairs? Reach out to the team and Granite Subaru and they'd love to help you out.

With how easy Granite Subaru makes it, there's no reason to put off your recall repairs any longer!