Drowsy Driving Same Risk As Drunk Driving New Study Shows

Missing an Hour or Two of Sleep Doubles Crash Risk

We have all done it, even though we didn’t know it: we put other drivers lives at the same risk as if we were drunk driving. In one of the most shocking studies on auto crashes to come out in 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety published a new study which shows that drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended minimum of seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash.

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7 Tips To Protect Your Car From Christmas Tree Damage in Tucson AZ

Arizona drivers, it is that time of year when families get their Christmas tree. It is also a time when we see a lot of paint damages, dents and even broken sunroofs here t our body shop O’Rielly Collision Centers in Tucson AZ.
We know that strapping a tree to your roof or putting it in your trunk can cause expensive damage to your vehicle. Keep that shopping money in your pocket by following these tips for worry-free tree-hauling!

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Arizona one of 10 costliest states to insure a teen driver

Arizona’s rising costs to insure teen-aged drivers.

As a parent, you know that your kids can be expensive. One big expense that parents face is when their teenagers become licensed drivers. It’s no secret: Adding a teenage driver to an auto policy can be pricey.

Insurance companies and their data show time and again teen drivers are often inexperienced, nervous or reckless when behind the wheel. The insurance industry-sponsored Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, notes that the fatal crash rate per mile driven for drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 is almost three times higher than all other age groups.

So what happens when you add a teen driver to your family insurance policy?

It is a well-known fact that adding a teen driver to your car insurance policy often causes a significant rise in annual auto policy premiums, possibly even doubling them in some states. The industry insurance industry reports that the average spike most families see is 79% According to InsuranceQuotes.com, on average U.S. families who add a young driver to their auto insurance policy will see an annual premium increase of 79%.

The Good News

Results from a recent study published by the firm InsuranceQuotes.com, to examine the economic effect of adding a driver between the ages of 16 and 19 to a family’s car insurance policy indicate a downward trend in insurance premium spikes. According to the study, this year’s average premium increase is down from last year’s average of 80%, and is even lower than 2013, when the average increase was as high as 84%.

These gradual decreases directly correlate to an increased focus on teen driver safety and the newer trend towards fewer teens being behind the wheel. According to a study from the University of Michigan, 69% of 17-year-old Americans had a license 30 years ago. Today it’s 45%.

So how does Arizona rank amongst the rest of the nation for teen drivers?

 Here are the top 10 U.S. states where adding a teen driver to an auto policy is the most costly:

10. Tennessee- 92.21%

Tennessee is new to the top 10 most expensive states in 2016, just making the list at No. 10 with a 92.21% average auto insurance premium increase after adding a teen driver to a policy.

Last year, Vermont also ranked ninth, with a 94.99% increase.

9. Vermont- 95.06% increase.

Connecticut moved down one spot this year. In 2015, the state ranked seventh, with a 98.31% increase.

8. Connecticut-96.33% increase.

Maine also makes the top 10 again this year, though it ranks lower than it did in 2015. Last year, Maine was fourth with an average premium increase of 102.76%.

7. Maine- 99.13% increase.

Once again, Oregon comes as the sixth most expensive state to add a teen driver. In 2015, adding a teen driver averaged a 99.10% average increase to an auto policy.

6. Oregon-99.87% increase.

Ohio is new to the top 10 in 2016, coming in as the fifth most costliest state to add a teen driver.

5. Ohio- 100.17% increase.

This year Wyoming has fallen a couple of spots, from second to fourth most expensive state to add a teen driver. In 2015, the average premium increase in the state was 104.45%.

4. Wyoming-105.77% increase.

The price of adding a teen driver in Arizona has spiked from the previous year. In 2015, the Grand Canyon State ranked eighth, with an average premium increase of 95.89%.

3. Arizona-109.36% increase.

In 2015, Rhode Island ranked fifth, with an average premium increase of 101.76%

2. Rhode Island-119.19% increase.

Once again, New Hampshire is the most expensive state to add a teenaged driver to an auto policy. The average increase is up nearly 11% from last year’s average of 114.92%.

1. New Hampshire-125.39% increase.

How to lower the impact on your Family insurance

So what can families do to reduce the impact from adding teen drivers to their policies?

Don’t overlook car insurance discounts that might be available by your policy holder, check with your insurer to see what types of discounts for teenagers might be available.

Many auto insurers offer good-student discounts to teens maintaining at least a “B” average. At Nationwide, that discount reaches 25 percent.

Many car Insurance companies also offers discounts if your teen completes a driver’s education course. Bundling multiple insurance policies if you haven’t already like auto, homeowners and life insurance, will also cut costs.

And as with adults, the cleaner the driving record, the lower the insurance costs.

If your teen is old enough to head off to college, lives more than 100 miles from home and doesn’t have a car, you’re also likely to get a break on your auto insurance. That’s because the teen isn’t a regular operator of the vehicle, but still can drive it when he or she comes home on break.

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Distracted Driver

Is Your Family To Blame For Your Distracted Driving?

You may not know this, but April is National Distracted Drivers Awareness Month. So kick off this month we discovered a very in-depth new study on Distracted Driving conducted by the National Safety Council which you can read here.

Besides the typical survey sampling questions about family size, household income levels and hours spent driving, the study also aimed at uncovering why we text / email/ chat/ selfie and drive.

It turns out most drivers feel obligated to respond to phone calls texts and messages from family members while behind the wheel, versus the same distractions from work, or friends. In other words if a friend or work calls, we might not answer it, but if a family member does, we typically feel obligated to respond.

According to the National Safety Council, our commitment to our loved ones could prove dangerous on the road, as drivers are more likely to be distracted by family members than their job or friends.

President of the National Safety Council, Deborah Hersman said “It is a sad irony that the people we love are actually jeopardizing our safety.” “If you really care, don’t call to say, ‘I love you.’ Instead, encourage your family to set everything else aside, disconnect and focus only on the road.”

The survey, conducted between March 2 and March 10 surveyed 2,409 licensed drivers and found that 82 percent of Americans feel pressured to deal with family distractions, such as phone calls and text messages, while behind the wheel.

That compares with 54 percent for work-related intrusions and 50 percent for friends. The survey discovered that teen drivers, however, are more likely to be distracted by friends than family.

The National Safety Council is a non-profit organization focused on reducing risks in the workplace, on the roads and in homes, and Spokesperson Deborah Hersman is a former Chairperson of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Insurers, safety groups and police are increasingly highlighting the risks associated with the growing use of electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and even watches.

Some states such as Maryland have declared Distracted Driving as public enemy number one and have stepped up its enforcement. That is because new research shows the problem isn’t just dangerous but deadly.

Distracted driving has now surpassed other dangerous driving habits including drunk, drugged and even aggressive driving. Research reveals that perhaps even more shocking is the number of drivers who admit to doing it.

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hacked car cyber threat

Can your car be wirelessly hacked and cause a crash?

Can your car be hacked and cause a crash?

Imagine the following scenario: one day you are driving along at 70 MPH, and suddenly your air conditioner comes on, full blast, but you cannot turn it off. Next, loud music begins to blast from the vehicle’s sound system. Next your wipers turn on and the start squirting fluid into your view. Suddenly you loose control of the steering and braking systems. All this is followed by your transmission locking up, forcing you to come to a complete stop on a highway. You look into your rearview mirror to see a large truck headed right for you. Terrifying isn’t it? We this exact same situation occurred in St. Louis this year, luckily it was controlled demonstration of how a car could potentially be hacked. This hacking was actually a controlled experiment to reveal potential automotive cyber risks.

Two years prior, another team demonstrated their ability to hack into a vehicle’s controller area network, known technically as a “CAN bus”. This is basically the brain for the car, basically a communications system that connects components inside a vehicle. Last year, an automotive software company demonstrated their ability to install a Trojan horse on a an aftermarket plug-in device used by insurance companies on some insurance policies. This company was then able to wirelessly and remotely control a vehicle’s mission-critical components, including the engine, brakes, and steering.

The Jeep Cherokee that was hacked into and described in the first scenario exposed wireless networks as the weakest link in high-tech, and automotive safety. The attack on the entertainment system seems to work on any Chrysler vehicle with Uconnect from late 2013, all of 2014, and early 2015.

What makes this latest hacking demonstration so much more frightening is that it was done without having to attach anything or any device to the car. Instead, the hackers used sophisticated software that allowed them to send commands through the vehicle’s entertainment system from a laptop.

Can remote hacking really happen to your car?

Opinions among auto makers and Insurers vary with regard to the likelihood and ease with which a vehicle’s control system may be hacked, but the proof that something like this could actually happen concerns makers of usage-based insurance and telematics experts.

The type of vehicle hijacking described by the SUV breach hackers is unlikely to occur, because vehicle connectivity is still too limited to accommodate hacking on the scale carried out by those hackers. The only reported hacking incidents to date were the product of long-term research conducted by dedicated teams with access to the specific programming and code of the vehicles that were hacked. In the future the auto manufacturing industry will address the hacking threat before it has the potential to become a danger.

Current reports indicate that manufacturers are already developing significant efforts to encrypt and secure vehicles to protect them from hacking. There is also a new group of security companies who are working on providing safeguards for car makers with continued growth indicated in in the coming years.

Among Insurance providers, the trend is moving away from aftermarket devices to track your car and driving habits, such as plug-in dongles, which are potentially more vulnerable to hacking.

The connected cars of the future will also be safer and more reliable vehicles. These cars will be both safer in overall construction and materials used, but also safe from cyber attacks. In addition, carmakers could add technologies that could facilitate the collection and usage of telematics data for insurance purposes, realizing that it also has a positive effect on vehicle security. This will make it easier for customers to share their driving habits with their insurance companies in an exchange for lower insurance rates.

Automakers need to be held accountable for their vehicles’ digital security. “If consumers don’t realize this is an issue, they should, and they should start complaining to carmakers,” Miller says. “This might be the kind of software bug most likely to kill someone.”

So the short answer is, your car is safe, for now. But it is physically possible for someone to hack into your car in the future as has been demonstrated. So Far Congress has taken notice, and so have auto makers. Potentially 471,000 vehicles on the road right now could be vulnerable.

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What To Do If The Tucson Police Don’t Show Up To File An Accident Report

What To Do If The Tucson Police Don’t Show Up To File A Report For Your Car Accident

It used to be that when you got into an accident, you called the police, they showed up, wrote a report, assisted with towing if necessary, and then moved on to the next call. However new trends are emerging in the auto claims industry that could have a big impact to you, the car owner regardless of where you drive.

Right now gas is cheap, and the economy is improving, the unemployment rate is steadily declining and more cars are on the road in the daily commute than in years past. With more cars on the road and cheaper gas we now have year over year increases in miles driven of 3.4%. With increases in miles driven, come increases in accident frequency, and severity of accident claims.

But there is also another problem that could be affecting you right now, especially if you were just involved in a minor collision without injuries. Police departments are not responding to fender benders as often and in some cases, not at all.

So how does this impact the Tucson driver?

I can almost guarantee that your auto insurance policies contain a contract clause requiring you, the policyholder, to report any and all accidents to your insurance company. Nearly every state has a law that requires all for all car accident involved drivers to report any accidents involving injury or death, hazardous materials, apparent property damage over a specified threshold (typically $1,000-$1,500) to the police within a prescribed number of days, Failure to do so could result in the suspension of their drivers’ licenses by the state Department of Motor Vehicles for failure to report, or in some cases, jail time.

Insurance companies typically use the police reports to independently validate any damage, claims, determine fault or negligence, and other critical facts for use in making any formal decisions in first- and third-party property, injury and liability automobile damage claims.

However the majority of all property damage-only accidents that do not involve personal injuries are the majority of all insured auto accidents. Recent trend reports from the property and casualty resource industry indicates that fewer and fewer police departments are responding to non-injury auto accidents, and is thus presenting so this is a serious problem to both you the driver, your insurance company, and your local body shop.

Most body shops, such as our shop here at O’Rielly Collision centers in Tucson and Green Valley Arizona, will handle the property damage claims and dealings with the insurance company on your behalf. In fact, such a service is a major decision making factor in choosing an auto body shop, as the relationships between the shop and the insurance company can often get your car repaired faster.

It has also been reported that even when police do show up to a minor car accident and file reports, in some jurisdictions it can take up to six weeks for those reports to become available to insurance carriers. Additionally, an increasingly higher percentage of these reports are missing all of the information required for the insurance company to properly complete claims adjustment.

Why are Police departments responding to less minor, non-injury auto accidents?

Although this issue has been developing for some time, it is just now becoming widely apparent that police departments nationally are no longer able to respond to or document routine auto accidents.

Several reasons are to blame for this issue. For starters, a large amount post-recession municipalities have faced years of shrinking operational budgets. Increases in the priority to security demands from law-enforcement agencies, news breaking issues of civil unrest and preparedness domestic and foreign terrorism, are shifting some of the more mundane police duties like accident reporting, down to the bottom of police priority lists.

The media has taken notice to the withdrawal of police duties over the past 18 months in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Nevada, Texas and Virginia. Private discussions with chiefs of police from New York to California reveal similar intentions.

In these jurisdictions, police will now respond only in cases involving serious injury, criminal activity, hazardous materials or suspicious circumstances.

Finding new solutions to the accident reporting issue.

What can Tucson area drivers do to obtain the required accident information in jurisdictions where police do not respond to minor collisions?

1. Take damage photos on scene and self-report to your insurance company.
2. Some car insurance companies offer fully staffed company inspection centers or independent appraisal resources.
3. Your insurance company can rely on the trust built with their collision repair shops to inspect, document, estimate and repair the damage honestly and fairly.

While we have no control over how insurance companies handle their own claims reporting policies, a shift in how claims get reported could eventually drive insurance carriers to devise alternatives to the traditional method of reporting collisions as these alternatives could son become the new norm.

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Peeling Clearcoat Tucson AZ

Arizona Peeling Car Paint Issues And How To Fix Them

Clear coat delamination
Your car is still going as strong as the day you purchased it a few years ago, maybe even a decade ago. But a couple of hot summers in the Arizona sun have baked your clear coat to the point of peeling. This is called clear coat delamination. The extreme temperatures in the are often cause delamination because the two paints (the base coat and the clear) expand at slightly different temperatures and over time they can work themselves loose. This is especially prevalent in the early to mid 1990’s factory paints when the base coat clear coat was just hitting the main stream.

The bad news is once it starts you can’t stop it. You can learn to live with it or you can bite the bullet and get it fixed. So what if you can’t stand looking aPeeling Clearcoat Tucson AZt it any more? Can you just have some more clear coat sprayed on it?

The short answer is no. In the “old” days, cars were painted in a hard enamel paint called “single stage”. It did not have a clear coat and had to be sprayed on in thick, wet and multiple coats. When a car got painted it got a coat or two of primer, then sanded, then a sealer, then sanded, and then a couple of coats of single stage with sanding in between. It was a lot of labor to paint a repair.

Now cars come from the factory with a single layer of base color and a single layer of clear coat. This was driven partially by the EPA in an effort to reduce the Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s and partially due to advances in paint chemistry and an effort to build cars quicker better and faster. Two stage paint jobs also allow for richer metallic finishes on cars.

So what to do with your peeling clear coat on your car? Well unfortunately you are going to have to get it painted. Depending on the severity of the peeling and the condition of the paint underneath we will most likely have to sand that entire panel down and spray on some more base coat then go back with a new clear coat.

The good news however is it will be easy to match the existing paint on your car, and we can get it looking factory new again.

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Busness fleet vehicle

Recent survey findings for all business owner’s business vehicles that you should know.

Recent survey findings for all business owner’s business vehicles that you should know.

Manta, an online resource dedicated to small business, in partnership with Ford learned that small business owners often need vehicles that can do double duty. These duties stem from in helping them grow their businesses to keeping their busy families on the move.

Surprisingly, only 42 percent of survey respondents use their business vehicles solely for business. One quarter of respondents drive their business vehicle for non-business related travel 25 percent of the time, while another 17 percent drive their business vehicle for personal use half the time or more.

Approximately 13 percent of small business owners surveyed relies on dual-purpose vans, such as Ford’s Transit Connect, for their businesses. Vans such as the Transit Connect allow for fold flat seating to haul cargo and then people when the seats are folded back into place. One quarter of survey respondents drive trucks; while an additional 16 percent drive another type of service vehicle, 23 percent drive cars and 18 percent drive SUVs.

Regardless of which vehicle they choose, flexibility is key for these entrepreneurs. Nearly half of the respondents said they use their business vehicle primarily for driving themselves to appointments, 36 percent use it to carry equipment to job sites, 30 percent make deliveries and 8 percent transport customers.

Necessity # 1. The connected vehicle

It is no secret that a decade of mobile technology advances has torn down the traditional office walls. No longer are workers tethered to the same desk. Therefore, business errands can be more efficient when entrepreneurs can leverage mobile technology advancements found in their vehicles, according to the survey.

Almost three-quarters of respondents say they would be more productive if they could make hands-free calls through a Bluetooth-enabled system.

Twenty five percent of respondents cited hands-free phone calls are the No. 1 thing that assists their business while spending time in their vehicles.

Necessity #2 Purchase Price, Maintenance, Resale Value

As with any small business, price and value are sometimes the primary drivers of business purchase decision-making. Half of respondents say purchase price is a top consideration when determining which vehicle to buy for their businesses.

Nearly one quarter of survey respondents say maintenance is a top consideration. As with any business Image is everything.

Other factors weighing in on small business vehicle purchases include fuel costs for 22 percent of respondents, and insurance for 11 percent of small business owners, according to the survey. More than 10 percent say resale value is a top consideration.

Many of the small business owners surveyed feel strongly that their vehicle purchases should support other American businesses. Nearly 65 percent say it matters that their vehicle is assembled in the United States.

Necessity #3 Image and business promotion

While the 25% of respondents who cited maintenance as a top priority in deciding which vehicles to purchase, maintenance includes the typical mechanical wear and tear items such as oil changes brakes and tires. An addition 17% of respondents pointed to repairs as a primary consideration in vehicle selection. Repairs include pricing considerations such as auto body repairs, and painting to signage repairs and replacements. Business vans and trucks have been rolling business cards since the days of the horseless carriage. An Additional 17% of survey respondents cited such repairs as primary importance in vehicle purchase considerations.

Many times a person first becomes aware of your business while seeing the business vehicle driving down the road or doing work for a friend or neighbor. This is why image is of primary concern. What does it say about the quality of work you perform if your business use vehicles are scratched, dented or in need of auto body repair?

At O’Rielly Collision Centers in Tucson Arizona we specialize in auto body repairs including fleet work. Our Dealership also includes a fleet dealership and we are able to get parts for all fleet vehicles quickly and correctly.

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Car Accident Tucson AZ

Does an improving economy mean a higher risk of a car accident?

At O’Rielly Collision Centers in Arizona, our business is repairing accident-damaged automobiles. As such we can often sense trends in our shops that later become publicly known and often debated. The number if traffic accidents and fatalities have been in a steady decline over the last several years. Auto makers, researchers and analysts in the auto insurance industries have contributed this decline to more advanced and prevalent anti-collision technologies in cars and trucks. Technologies such as electronic stability control, pre-collision warning, and blind spot indication systems have all added up to a decrease in driver error and collisions. Or has it?

Over the course of 2015, road accidents and fatalities have increased drastically, up by 14%. This bucking trend has researchers and journalists seeking answers to what might be at the root of this current rise.

A common suspect for the spike in accidents and fatalities is younger (and even seasoned) drivers and the assumed rise in driving while texting. We have all seen the news stories and PSA’s about the dangers of texting and driving, and this is certainly a new phenomenon. However, it is one much older than one year. It begs the question then, what is causing the rise in accidents and fatalities?

Recent research seems to indicate a direct correlation in an improved economy; lower unemployment and the resulting increase of commuters driving to and from work.

The NHTSA and other non-governmental research labs such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS, has reported a decline of traffic accidents and fatalities for years, when in reality, the statistics of each has stagnated for almost a decade. What has changed recently however is the US economy finally starting to return to pre-recession levels? Now the IIHS and NHTSA are reporting back to us on a statistic that is returning to the same level it was prior to the recession.

Current State Of Accident And Fatality Data

In 2013 and 2014, roughly 32,000 motor vehicle deaths were reported. This number includes cars, trucks, semi’s, and motorcycles. However, the National Safety Council has projected that this year, the U.S. will see over 40,000 deaths across the country. This new number, when compared to the previous seven years, which saw a small decline to around 30,000 deaths, is a shift in the opposite direction. If, however, you were to look back further to pre-recession era accidents from 1994-2007, these numbers all stayed static around that 40,000 mark.

Statistically speaking, the fact that current accident and fatality rates have returned to those of an era that predates texting, it is difficult to point to texting as the culprit. Especially considering the fact that one thing that has returned to a pre-recession level is the number of drivers and commuters out on the roadways. This leads researchers to conclude now that main issue seems to be the economy returning to normal, and the labor force returning to work. With more people on the road, more accidents are likely to occur.

As cars become safer with vastly improved accident avoidance technologies, accidents began a steady decline. However, those numbers plateaued around the early 1990s all the way up to the mid-2000s. Over time as more of these technologies get designed and implemented, and as older vehicles begin to be replaced with newer, more advanced vehicles, we could once again begin to see a decline in accidents and fatalities even with an improved economy.

How the increase in accidents could impact you, the driver

These rising accident rates could take a financial toll on the American driver as well. When accident and fatality rates began to fall, car insurance rates fell too. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, these rates began to decline a little before the recession around 2005 and stayed relatively low until 2011. Since 2011, rates have been rising, with last year being the most expensive in 12 years.

Geico and Allstate have already approved rate increases to the company’s current rates for the near future. We’re sure that most, if not all, other insurance companies will follow suit and increase rates as well.

As roads become busier and more congested, accidents will continue to rise, and rates will continue to increase. As a car owner, you need to stay vigilant on the roads, anticipate the drivers around you and drive safely.

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Can you sell back your Dodge vehicle if it has had collision repair damage?

If you own a 1993-1998 Jeep, or 2003-2012 Ram Pickup built by the Chrysler Fiat corporation, you have probably heard the news that Chrysler needs to buy your car back.

Why does Chrysler need your car back? Because it has been ordered to do so by the US government stemming from a lawsuit that was just levied against the automaker because the federal government has deemed them unsafe to continue driving.

As a result, the owners of hundreds of thousands of pickups and SUVs will be able to get rid of their trucks and get a cash settlement. Additionally, owners of 1 million older Jeeps with exposed fuel tanks could be able to trade them in for $1,000 above fair market value toward another Fiat Chrysler vehicle.

But if your Chrysler Fiat Dodge truck or Jeep has had prior collision repair, you might be concerned that the repair work might affect the settlement.

The buyback is part of a corrective action and $105 million penalty against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV announced Sunday following a Transportation Department investigation into how the company handled fixes on 23 recalls involving more than 11 million cars and trucks.

The Fiat Chrysler agreement is the largest penalty ever imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is stepping up enforcement efforts following criticism that it has acted too slowly on other auto recalls.
Ram Pickups

The vehicles subject to repurchase most of them are Ram pickups, have defective suspension parts could cause a loss of control, according to the NHTSA. The truck owners will be able to receive the original purchase price, minus depreciation, plus 10 percent, according to the agreement.

Previously repaired Chrysler vehicles

By Fiat Chrysler’s estimate, more than 60 percent of the estimated 500,000 vehicles involved in the buy back have already been repaired, leaving fewer than 200,000 eligible for a buy back. Of the vehicles they will buy back, Chrysler expects to repair and resell all of the purchased vehicles, recovering some of those costs.

However, the NHTSA hasn’t been able to verify Fiat Chrysler’s estimates for how many vehicles haven’t yet been repaired. The company’s inability to track recalls accurately was one of the key issues in a July 2 hearing, and that led to restarting one of the Ram pickup repair campaigns.

Consent Order For un-repaired cars

The consent order provides the buyback option for those vehicles that have not been fixed. How many vehicles will actually fit that description is unclear.

In the latest order, Fiat Chrysler will notify vehicle owners eligible for buy backs and other financial incentives about their options. The offer is for various model-year 2003 to 2012 Rams, plus some Aspen, Dakota, and Durango vehicles.

Other options are available for owners of Jeep models subject to a gas-tank recall. For owners of 1993 to 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees, consumers who want to keep their vehicles will get a $100 gift card as an incentive to do the repair. Owners of those models may be eligible for the trade in to be applied to another Fiat Chrysler vehicle or service.
Gift Cards

Owners of other vehicles, including the 1999-2004 Grand Cherokees and the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty, will get the gift cards.

Consumers can determine whether their vehicles are covered by one of the recalls under investigation can visit NHTSA’s recall website, safercar.gov, which lists makes and models for the 23 recalls.

NHTSA’s moves fell short for a consumer advocate who had been pushing for the agency to compel Fiat Chrysler to also buy back the Jeeps. Consumers need more protection from these vehicles, which have been involved in fatal fires when struck from behind.

The NHTSA’s mission is to get the defective vehicles off the road.

So what about your Chrysler Ram Pick up or jeep with collision repair? Well the answer is the recall does not have to do with auto body repair so you should be able to trade it in for cash.

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