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Ignore These Vehicle Repairs and You May Get Pulled Over

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Ignore These Vehicle Repairs and You May Get Pulled Over

Many drivers may feel that they don't have the time or money to address vehicle repairs immediately, but beware that ignoring some repairs can get you pulled over and even ticketed, says the Car Care Council.

"Ignoring certain vehicle repairs may seem to save money in the short term but can lead to extra costs, such as fines or 'fix-it' tickets, if these problems are not taken care of when they arise," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "In some jurisdictions, car owners may even lose their license for certain violations. A few dollars spent on simple vehicle repairs can help avoid trouble with the law."

While a vehicle is in operation, traffic laws require that certain equipment is properly installed and functioning correctly, including brakes, headlights, turn signals, mirrors, windshields and safety belts, to name a few.

The Car Care Council recommends that drivers address these repairs right away as they present public safety concerns that can earn drivers a traffic ticket on top of a repair bill.

  • Non-functioning turn signals and headlights or taillights that are cracked or broken. Most states require vehicles to have functioning turn signals as well as two functioning headlights and taillights. Taillights must illuminate red; if a taillight is cracked, it can give off a white light, which is also typically a traffic violation.
  • Cracked windshield. If a windshield is cracked, discolored or tinted in a way that obstructs vision, drivers may get ticketed and fined. In some states, vehicle modifications, such as tinted windows, are prohibited.
  • License plates are unreadable. If the license plate light is out or if the plate is otherwise unreadable, drivers may be pulled over. In some states this includes clear or tinted plastic license plate covers.
  • Loud exhaust system. A defective exhaust system that is too loud, either because it has been modified or because it needs repairs, can be cause for a ticket. What is considered loud depends on the state.

Many states also require periodic vehicle safety inspections. For an overview by state, visit https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/safety-inspection/.

Source: Car Care Council

What People Say About Us

Chattanooga
  • reviewiconLocal Mechanics
    Car & Truck Care, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 02/04/2020

    This is a great place to get your car work done. Everyone is extremely nice and they have great service! I called last minute for a muffler delete on my Ford Focus and they got me in the same day even though it was not long before closing. I'd definitely recommend them and would go there again!

  • reviewiconLocal Mechanics
    Car & Truck Care, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 03/20/2019

    I was traveling, had an issue with my muffler and they helped me out. Courteous, friendly staff. I would highly recommend this shop for all your muffler issues.

Chattanooga
  • reviewiconHighly Recommended
    Car & Truck Care, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 08/20/2019

    This place is great! Carl was fabulous!! Very professional and straight up which as a female I greatly appreciated. Would definitely recommend. Calls and keeps you informed before doing anything.

  • reviewiconHighly Recommended
    Car & Truck Care, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 11/14/2019

    Brought my car in to have my exhaust replaced. Carl got me in and out in an hour and a half. Fair price and friendly service. Good to find mechanics you feel like you can trust!

Chattanooga
  • reviewiconAmazing Service
    Brakes, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 09/20/2019

    I dropped off my car to Carl to work on my brakes and rotors. I have a Saab and have tried several different places but I've had no luck with getting the right parts. Carl was able to get the parts for me and put them in at a decent time. Excellent service.

  • reviewiconAmazing Service
    Brakes, near Chattanooga, Tennessee
    , 02/04/2020

    This is a great place to get your car work done. Everyone is extremely nice and they have great service! I called last minute for a muffler delete on my Ford Focus and they got me in the same day even though it was not long before closing. I'd definitely recommend them and would go there again!

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