Has your car ever been recalled? Here's what to do in case it ever is.

Nobody wants to learn that their car has been part of a recall be the manufacturer but sometimes it is inevitable. Automobile recalls can affect almost anyone. It doesn’t matter how careful you are, or how much research you do before you buy a car, the reasons for a recall are not often known until sometime a has passed for the model to be out on the road and problems realized.

Virtually every year there are recalls of various models, for any number of reasons. Some recalls can be something minor, such as simply to replace a faulty gas cap, while some recalls are of a much more serious and possibly life threatening nature. In any case, it is never a good idea to simply ignore a recall.

So, what can you expect if your car is being recalled? The first thing that will happen is that you will receive a notification from your automaker or from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Typically, the notice will include information as to your vehicle’s defect and what kinds of repairs are needed. Notices will also direct you to a local repair shop, or provide a list of options where you can get that defect addressed.

What you do next is simple. Bring that notice to a listed repair shop so your car can undergo recall-related repairs. Recall-related repairs won’t cost you anything.

Recalls are a good thing and help make the highways safer for everyone. According to data from the HLDI, a research entity funded by car insurance companies, the risk that you’ll file a claim on a vehicle “decreases after the defects have been identified and a recall is issued.”

Let’s hope your car never gets recalled, but in the event, that it does, you can be sure that it won’t be a difficult experience.