If you’ve kept up with all of the recent drama from Kia, you know about the latest, scariest recalls. They have to do with one of every car owner’s biggest fears: cars catching on fire. There is nothing quite as scary as thinking about our car spontaneously bursting into flames, but it might not be a big enough reason to avoid buying a new Kia. Don’t believe me? The reason is simple.
A scary Kia recall
Recalls can be scary, and according to Consumer Reports as many as 180,000 vehicles spanning the Kia and Hyundai lineup are affected. For current owners, you might have fallen in love with your Kia already, but new buyers can be more skeptical. Owning a car with a recall needing service can be a hassle, but the service handled by the dealership is free of cost to the owners, and that’s something that is important to remember as well.
Chances are, if the car is still sitting at the dealership, they have already handled the recall, which means that you don’t have to. It’s also important to remember that not all of the cars will have a recall, even if there is one applicable to that specific model and year. To check, all you need is the cars VIN. You can call the NHTSA safety hotline, or go to the Kia Recall portal and in just a few seconds you can check if that specific car is included in the recall notice — for free.
People still love Kia
Regardless of the recalls regarding the fires, or really, anything else, people have come to really love the Kia Brand. Kia owners, especially of their newest vehicles like the popular Telluride, continue to drive and enjoy their cars regardless of the hassle of the recalls. For the price, there is still a lot to love about Kia’s cars. As annoying as a recall can seem, as long as they are handled there is no reason to be concerned.
Recalls aren’t all that bad
While the recall itself sounds pretty terrifying, it shouldn’t stop you from taking a Kia car on a test drive. There are several important things to remember when it comes to looking at a car that has a major recall like many Kias currently do. For as scary as a recall can sound, they aren’t a problem as long as you take your vehicle in for servicing as quickly as possible after you receive the notice.
While many owners typically receive notices of recalls via postcard through the mail, that doesn’t mean you have to wait for one if you are concerned. You can check your VIN online, or check out the new cell phone app for checking out recalls and receiving notifications.
Overall, it is obvious that recalls can be scary, but when you balance out the pros and cons of many new Kia vehicles, it is clear they are worth their price. As long as you do your research, or make the time to service potential recalls, driving a new Kia is still as safe as you would hope, and these pesky recalls shouldn’t stop you from buying one.