(Via NBCDFW.com) Texas ranks first nationally for the number of used cars for sale online with safety recalls that were never repaired, according to new research from Carfax.
Carfax, which collects vehicle history information from 34,000 data sources, said that in 2013 more than 3.5 million used cars were for sale online nationwide with unrepaired safety recalls. In Texas, that translated to more than 300,000 used cars or, about one out of every nine.
"Recalls are extremely common. There are millions of cars that are recalled every year. And unfortunately, as car buyers, we don't check for recalls because we're concerned about other things. We're concerned about the maintenance, how many owners a car has had, has it been in any accidents," said Chris Basso, spokesman for Carfax. "Recalls unfortunately aren't at the top of our list for concerns, but our data shows that it has to be a concern for consumers because chances are you're going to end up buying a car or at least coming across a car that you want to buy that has an open recall."