Local dealerships tackle General Motors recalls

OSSEO, Wis. (WEAU)- Another day and another recall for one of the largest auto makers in the U.S. Tuesday General Motors issued a recall on some of its Chevy Aveo models, bringing the total number of vehicles GM has recalled this year to around 13.8 million.

“Some of the recalls take as little as five minutes and some take two to three hours,” Nels Gunderson, owner of Nels Gunderson Chevrolet in Osseo said.

These days the service bays at Nels Gunderson Chevrolet are looking a little bit more crowded. Gunderson says in the past month they have processed more than 170 vehicles with recalls.

Gunderson says he has been in the auto business long enough to see his fair share of recalls. So far this year General Motors has issued 29 of them. It's impacted nearly 14 million cars and that has the service team at Gunderson’s shop kicking things into high gear.

Gunderson says depending on the make and model of your vehicle and the recall at hand a fix can take anywhere from five minutes to a few hours. During that time he says dealerships will have loaner cars available for people to use to get around.

“They will take care of you they won't leave you walking. We will get you a car to drive,” Gunderson said.

Getting consumers to pay attention to a recall is a constant challenge. Government data shows one-in-four car owners fails to bring their car in for recall work and that can make things tricky when shopping for used cars.

"Because cars are bought and sold many times, It's entirely possible that a new owner of a used vehicle may not have a clue that their car is under recall," auto industry analyst Lauren Fix said.

Shops like Gunderson’s say they check all used cars for potential recalls and replace parts before selling it to the next customer. They also say since the recalls don’t expire, they are always willing to check to see if your car might have an existing recall.

If you have a GM vehicle and are wondering if there is a recall out for it there is a website you can go to check. You can find a link to that on the right-hand side of this screen.

In order to check for a recall on a vehicle you will need to enter your cars VIN, that’s the Vehicle Identification Number. You can find that on the driver’s side dash of every car.

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