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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

  • reviewiconTrust & Assurance
    , 09/17/2020

    Even though I live much closer to many other auto repairs shops, I have taken my car to Chuck at Al Dean's a few times now because he is helpful, friendly and stands by his quote after diagnosing the problem. My brother is a former auto mechanic and lives near the shop and has always relied on Chuck and his employees, who my brother says are honest and knowledgeable, which are both what I need after many other shops taking advantage of my ignorance of cars and their needs. I will go back to this shop again with trust and assurance.

  • reviewiconTrust & Assurance

    My Chevy Silverado brake line rusted out on Sat. just after 1 pm. I called the shop and did not leave a message because they close at that time. The owner still returned my call around 3 pm. I told him my issues and he said he could work on it Monday. They replaced my brake lines for the price he quoted, even though an extra part was needed. They also threw in a tire rotation and a cash discount. The owner is nice man to talk with and deliverers what he promises. This is not the first time I used them for repairs, because they do what they say for an honest price, with a smile. I will be back the next time I need repairs.

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    I can't say enough great words about this experience from start to finish!! This garage is absolutely wonderful - caring, affordable and speedy. The epitome of customer service! Well done Al Dean's, you have an A++ approval from me!! Thank you for your great vibes, a great start to this beautiful day!!

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    These guys are great. I've had more than a few repairs done here, and never had any problems with the cost or the service. In most cases I already had the replacement part, and the labor charge was very reasonable for the level of quality from the mechanic. After a few visits, the boss recognizes me and still waves anytime I see him out front. This is a shop that I refer everyone in town to. Even if you're in southern Rochester or east side Pontiac, it's worth the trip to have the job done right.

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    I was beyond pleased with my experience at Al Dean's Auto Repair. My father had recommended this place to me when I needed my bumper repaired and the service I was provided was above and beyond. The owner was very respectful and kind and took extra time out of his day explaining things about my car to me. Along with this, the prices were very reasonable compared to other services I have looked into. I would definitely recommend this place!

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    My stepfather has been coming here for years and I have never come because it is a 30 minute drive. I called for prices and they blew the other places out of the water. The work is quality and prices are great. I will be coming here from now on and referring everyone I know!

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