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Ignore These Vehicle Repairs and You May Get Pulled Over

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


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, 05/25/2021

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, 04/12/2021

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These guys have always been very upfront with every car we've taken to them. Very honest about things and just all around good guys that do great work.

, 03/31/2021

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I can't even begin to tell you what a great job these guys did for me. They allowed me to buy a used part and when the first one didn't work they let me keep my vehicle at the shop for weeks while we waited for the replacement, moving it into a bay at night so nothing would get stolen. They didn't even charge me for the fluid the second time around! Honestly, 5 stars isn't enough. Did great work, and gave me really good advice. These guys are all about honesty and integrity!!! Highly recommend them.

, 02/27/2021

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I went to Scholls Ferry Automotive because I felt that my front brakes needed to be replaced I asked for worst case estimate. I let them take a look at my brakes and told them what I was looking at spending. They examined my truck and made the repair for what I felt was an honest amount for the work that was done. They made very appropriate suggestions to improve the safety of my vehicle. I appreciate the fact the I was treated honestly and with respect. The next time I need something done I will be coming back.

, 02/06/2021

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Only automotive shop I have truly ever trusted with my vehicles. Honest, fair, extremely knowledgeable, fast service, reasonable prices, and friendly. We will continue you use Scholls Ferry and recommend them to friends and family.

, 02/01/2021

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