Check for a recall before purchasing that car!

An auto recall means that a specific vehicle may not meet safety, operating or emissions standards. Recalls can be issued by the either the manufacturer or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the Recalls website, which is provided for consumers by the government. Recalls are covered by the manufacturer at a same-make dealership free of charge.

Purchasing a car, even a used model, is the second largest investment we usually make so it is important to do some research before you purchase a vehicle. If you plan a vehicle purchase go to the National Highway Safety Administration website, (NHTSA)  and do some investigation.  Try and visit the site every few months as recalls happen frequently and could happen during your vehicle ownership.

Before making that purchase contact a DMCC Certified Credit Counselor and consider a budget review. Knowing how much you can afford before you buy will help you make an affordable choice.

DMCC is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization committed to educating consumers on financial issues and providing personal assistance to consumers who have become overextended with debt.  Education is provided free of charge to consumers, as well as personal counseling to identify the best options for the repayment of their debt. To speak to a certified credit counselor, call toll-free 866-618-3328 or email