In May 2017, Hyundai started a big recall campaign for several models of Kia in several countries including the United States. This time, the problem has to do with the engine and poses the threat to life. Rod bearings of a car can wear out, making the engine to stall. Engine repair costs Kia customers millions of dollars, and up to the spring, the auto maker kept receiving furious complaints.
If you already have a KIA, read the recall notices by manufacturers and listen to your engine: knocking sounds are the warning sign. But what if you only plan to buy a Kia car, especially the use one? There is no better way to detect the threat than KIA recall check by its VIN number.
Our data for recall check of Kia and other cars is taken from a variety of partners and catalogs, including but not limited to:
- guidelines and releases by the manufacturers;
- inspection facilities;
- reports about accidents;
- car theft records and black lists;
- auto auctions of all kinds;
- insurance companies and so on.
We use this data to draw a fuller portrait of a used vehicle than even VIN decoding can give you. The 17 digits of VIN will surely tell you a lot about the year, the make, and the model, but what about the things a car went through after being sold?
Recall on KIA
If you are eager to know whether there have been any recall on Kia, check VIN number of the car that you plan to buy. This search is quick and fully anonymous, and you can do it from whatever device in whatever place.
But first, you will need the VIN number. In Kia, it can be found in the engine block or on the windshield (you should be able to read it from the outside). Your model may have this number in some other place; to learn more about it, search the location by the model or request a manual from the dealer. VIN is also given in a number of documents, such as the car title an insurance papers, but it is always better to check the number that you have on the vehicle itself.
Once you have the VIN, enter it in our form and wait a bit. In less than 3 minutes, you will have a dossier with not just recall information but also:
- indication whether the vehicle belongs to its owner (has not been stolen);
- date of the last inspection and its results;
- list of accidents, if any (pay attention to these, as they can point indirectly to the problems with engine);
- a warning if the car is salvaged;
- information about presence on the grey market;
- the full list of the most important body and engine specs;
- indications of any liens against the car;
- reported odometer readings
- and other important details.
With this information at hand, you can protect yourself from fraud or negotiate a big discount if anything is wrong with the car. However, we’d recommend thinking twice if the problem is related to recalls. A recall, especially one of the recent Kia recalls, means that the problem will not let you drive for a while, and you may need to invest a lot in the repair of some consequences not related to the recall directly. This is not to mention that quite often, even after the official recall there might be some problems with organizing the non-paid repair.
Be fully aware of what you buy and check the car ahead of purchase! Our tool protects your privacy and your safety on the road. Don't hesitate to use it when buying your next car!