Carfax recently issued a report warning consumers looking to purchase a used car to be wary as many vehicles on the market have unfixed recall issues.
According to the report, those looking to buy a car in Texas, California and Florida need to be especially careful as these three states have topped the list of the highest number of cars sold with open recalls in the past two years. According to Carfax, there were approximately 2.1 million cars on sale online in 2012 that had open recalls on them, down from 2.7 million in 2011.
In addition, the report also showed that the number of unfixed vehicles with open recalls increased by more than 25 percent in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfaxâ€‹, said that while Americans are becoming more aware of this problem, there is still a long way to go as millions of cars are still on sale with unfixed problems. This not only threatens the driver of the vehicle, but anyone who is on the road with them.
"Before a car changes hands, there's lots of opportunities for everyone involved to check for open recalls," Ganache said. "Yet this data is proof that it's not happening enough. A simple online check and visit with your local dealer is all it takes to help improve public safety."
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Nine million cars registered to Sandy-hit areas
A report last year from Experian showed that there are nearly 9 million registered vehicles in counties that were hit by Hurricane Sandy last year.
"In the wake of any natural disaster, consumers need to be acutely aware that there will be damaged vehicles out there that will be cleaned up and sold to unsuspecting buyers," said Scott Waldron, president of Experian Automotive. "With such a large number of title-washed vehicles on the road today, consumers need to arm themselves with as much information as possible when shopping for a used vehicle. An AutoCheck vehicle history report includes past title brands and designations of prior damage, providing used vehicle shoppers with the peace of mind that the vehicle they are buying is reliable and, most importantly, safe."