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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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I showed up first thing in the morning and was greeted by Keith. He said good morning and asked how he could help. I explained my situation with my car and listened and stayed calm and said that even though they were busy he would work it in and check back at the end of the day. I get a notification midday that the car was done! He picked me up in my car!! No smoke and mirrors, straight talk from Keith! The best service I've experienced from a repair shop. He dropped me off and picked me up. He was knowledgeable and stayed calm. If I need the car serviced again, I'm not calling anyone else.

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, 05/10/2021
I dropped my car off at Master Tech in Colchester to have my snow tires taken off and the regular tires put on. I left a note asking if he could help with the battery. Keith called me first thing the next morning and said he would drop my car off at my home and charge my car battery for me. Talk about service..........I have always been happy with the mechanical and customer services at MasterTech and I highly recommend Keith.

, 03/24/2021
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, 11/23/2020
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