MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked readers what to look out for when shopping for used parts for a new SUV.
“When you’re buying new, you’re looking for parts that are safe, are reliable, and are of good quality,” she said.
“If you’re a buyer, you need to look at all the safety ratings of the parts that you’re going to be buying.”
She said you should look for a company that has “good customer service” and “the lowest prices.”
“If your car is a Toyota, or Honda, or Hyundai, or any of these companies, you want to make sure that they have a good safety rating, good quality, good reliability,” Maddow said.
Maddow then highlighted a company called GoodCarBadCar, which sells used Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai parts.
GoodCarBadCars also has a website where you can compare used cars and vehicles.
“We know what people want and what people need,” GoodCarbadCars said on its website.
“You can choose from different vehicles and different brands.
You can even go to a dealership and buy your vehicle from a brand you trust.
Our goal is to make the buying process as easy and painless as possible.”
The company said its inventory is updated frequently, and that customers can request their parts directly from GoodCargoodCars.
But Maddow wasn’t impressed.
“The fact that they’re actually trying to sell used cars from one of the largest automakers in the world is a big red flag, but the fact that GoodCar badcars sells used cars that they don’t actually have on their website, that’s another red flag,” she quipped.
“They’re not the same as, you know, a used car dealership.
You’re looking at a business that has made a lot of money, has gotten lots of money in the past, and it’s still selling used cars.”
GoodCar BadCars is part of a growing number of companies that are selling used vehicles to customers in the U.S. They have several models, ranging from the “Chevy” to the “Jeep.”
“This is the car business.
If you can’t sell used vehicles, you don’t have a business,” Maddows said.
She then discussed the potential for a major safety issue with the use of new-vehicle safety equipment.
She mentioned an example from the last decade.
In 2006, Toyota recalled 1.5 million vehicles after reports of a crush-resistant rear door that could fail at the slightest bump.
The recall was for a model in the Toyota Highlander, which was redesigned after the crash and was built to use an airbag.
According to a 2009 report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were about 50,000 vehicle recalls annually in the United States.
And in 2016, an explosion in a small refinery in Oklahoma left 17 people dead.
The explosion happened in March of that year, killing five people and injuring at least 200 others.
The U.K. government is investigating the explosion as a potential terrorist attack.
In her segment, Maddow noted that there have been about 10 deaths linked to the fire at a coal-fired power plant in South Carolina.
The incident, which caused an estimated $9 billion in damage, is still under investigation.