Niagara Gazette — Researching the TSB history of a particular vehicle can also be useful when you’re shopping for a used car because it can alerts you to potential problems before making a purchase which can save you headaches and money loss.
How to find TSB information
There are two main ways to get TSB information. The easiest and cheapest is to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners. TSB summaries can be easily accessed and can usually provide all the information you need.
The other option is to subscribe to a service from AllData, found www.alldatadiy.com/buy. This company will sell you specific recall and TSB information on your vehicle for an annual subscription of $26.95. Choosing this route, you get the entire TSB as soon as it becomes available, without any lag before it hits the NHTSA website.
Finally, you can call your customer service line and sometimes they can help you or they will connect you with a technical service rep. Or sometimes you can get such info at the carmaker’s website, just do a search for recalls or TSBs.
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