Auto retailing giant CarMax advertises that all of its cars have to pass a rigorous, 125+ point inspection before they are fit to sell. But ever wonder if that inspection includes safety recalls?
Huh? How could a car pass CarMax’s rigorous inspection and still have a major safety defect that makes it so unsafe, it would be a violation of federal law for it to be sold as a “new” car?
Wellll… that’s a very good question.
Keep in mind — CarMax recently played a major role in killing first-in-the-nation legislation in California that was backed by consumer and safety organizations, to make it illegal for car dealers to sell recalled used cars to consumers. Their excuse? They are not authorized to perform safety recall repairs.
That’s right. Auto manufacturers don’t allow independent dealers like CarMax to perform safety recalls because under federal law, the manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that the recall repairs are done properly. Which makes sense, since the manufacturer is the one that made the defective product, issues the recall, and oversees the repairs. Ultimately, if the safety recall repair is inadequate, or isn’t performed properly, and someone is killed or injured as a result, the manufacturer is the one who is held liable. Witness what’s going on with GM.
So watch out. CarMax thinks it’s OK to sell unsafe, recalled used cars to consumers simply because they’re not authorized by auto manufacturers to perform safety recall repairs. Seriously.
See for yourself. Here’s the testimony of CarMax’s Counsel against the California auto safety recall bill:
CarMax: Don’t make us stop selling unsafe, recalled used cars
Bottom line: Don’t get snookered by those CarMax ads claiming that all their cars are “CarMax Quality Certified” and passed a “125+ point” inspection. Unless you don’t mind the fact it could be a certified 125+ point deathtrap.
Did CarMax sell you a recalled used car? CARS wants to hear your story. Here’s how to get in touch:
P.S. Even if you think your CarMax car is safe, it’s a good idea to check the manufacturer’s website for safety recalls, and enter in your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).