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I have an 08 RAV4 that is not on recall list yet. I am very worried that the recall will grow; that we have not learned all on recall yet. I think I want to trade in, but I am upside down in my loan. Any advice, please?!

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Jessie L Thatcher, F&I and Sales Specialist at Reynolds and Reynolds Company  (Retired) It depends on how upside down you are on your loan. If it is a lot you may just have to wait until you pay the balance down. Right now you might not get the best price for your Toyota on a trade if people are not sure about the recall and the fix. You should try to pay extra on your car payment each month, designating the extra to go directly to the principal. This will help you pay off the loan quicker. You should keep checking with Toyota to be certain your vehicle is not on the recall list.

Brandy Schaffels, Editor at AskPatty.com, Inc. If you are unsure about the recall status of your vehicle, contact your local Toyota dealer. Toyota does not include the 2008 RAV4 in its current recalls (http://www.toyota.com/recall/?srchid=K610_p278711061) so as long as your vehicle is not exhibiting the trouble signs (sticking pedal or erratic acceleration/deceleration) you should be safe to drive the vehicle.

Breanne Boyle, Contributing Editor at AskPatty.com Anne, I understand the concern in light of the recent news. I would talk to your trusted dealer to keep up on recall information until you hear its been recalled. You may be fine to keep it. If you are truly worried about safety on it you may just need to bite the bullet and make that tough decision to trade it in anyway if it stresses you out that much. Typically once manufacturers know there is a faulty part, they do everything they can to find which models it affects. They don*t want you to be unsafe any more than you do, so I would keep up to date on recall info.

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Anne, With my personal experience working as a service manager, the original issues was with double floor mats. RAV4*s where not in the realm of question. If your particular VIN number is not recalled you do not have a issue. Toyota is taking all precautionary measures to resolve this issue.

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