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The goal of Consumer and Family Advocacy Services is to inform consumers and car dealers of their rights and responsibilities in every transaction, as well as to facilitate any disputes that may arise from these transactions. The division also works in concert with the Community Outreach division to train consumers and car dealers on these issues. Below are some resources useful resources intended to help educate consumers when they are purchasing a vehicle.

Vehicle Recall Check

On an annual basis millions of vehicles are recalled in the United States due to defects or lack of compliance with federal safety standards.  The New Mexico Office of the Attorney wants to help educate New Mexican’s on these issues and has provided a link to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s online search tool to find out if your vehicle is directly impacted by a recall.  This information can be easily searched by entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of your vehicle. 

Safe Car - Recall VIN Lookup External Link 

What this VIN search tool covers:

  • Safety recalls that are incomplete on a vehicle
  • Safety recalls conducted over the past 15 calendar years
  • Safety recalls conducted by major light auto automakers, including motorcycle manufacturers.

Guides and Forms

The Attorney General’s Used Car Buyer’s Guide

Used Car Inspection Form