How to Avoid a Lemon Automobile?

You know the car we’re talking about. It’s the one that wouldn’t start. Or run. Or stop. You see the car we’re talking about. It’s the one that wouldn’t start. Or run. Or stop—the one that made you freeze in winter, bake in summer, and sweat all year round. The one you wanted to take behind your garage and dispatch with a bullet, only it wasn’t worth the price of a shot. It’s a little like chickenpox. Most of us get nailed sooner or later. It causes severe discomfort and inconvenience for a time. Sometimes, it leaves a few scars. But we usually recover and get on with our lives. Some of our readers, however, had especially sour experiences. Chickenpox? These people had the four-wheeled plague. Cars bursting into flames. Parts falling off. Paint peeling. Bad transmissions. Bad carburetors. Bad luck. Bad vibes. The lemons in this very unscientific sampling don’t necessarily indict all the automakers’ offerings. Esteemed luxury automobiles — not just cheap clunkers — can be lemons. A car that one driver swears at, maybe one that others claim by.



And that’s why, undoubtedly, it is very true that “buying a used motor vehicle is buying someone else’s problems.” I precisely won’t, would you? Therefore, no one would buy such an automobile that requires repair at very regular intervals. Next to a house, a car is generally the most costly item to purchase in a lifetime. More often than not, most of us make our purchases impetuously. However, given the amount to be spent on expensive items, buyers should be careful and not purchase based on color, looks, some so-called functionality, or the commercial seen on TV. For this purpose, every state has defined a set of lemon laws that, in one way or another, will protect you from buying such defective items. After a prolonged study, a few tips have been summarized for you that may help you avoid problem vehicles in the future. Don’t just buy impulsively. Take the time to do enough RESEARCH to know what you want. View various sites, read different periodically issued manuals, or concern any of your acquaintances to evaluate the safety and reliability. That will let you know the good and bad points of a specific model of a motor vehicle.

Too high expectations also hurt. Please don’t get too attached to a car before it’s completely in your hands because emotions are easy to sway. However, if you sense some signs and the vehicle turns defective, you can not roll back.

Close friends and acquaintances are always great resources because nothing beats the first-person experience. Not every unknown person will tell you about the pitfalls of a particular vehicle model. Almost every one of us will never miss the opportunity to buy a reasonably flawless used car because that will cost us cheap. Consumer Reports offers a vehicle pricing service that can help you determine the dealer cost of the motor vehicle you want to buy. Knowing that figure may help you obtain a better deal. Some firms, such as Costco and the insurance company USAA, also offer vehicle buying programs that may help you get a good price and avoid paying too much for a new car. Used cars should be thoroughly checked out by an independent mechanic first. This would be a point to overlook for most people, but the small amount you spend today can save you thousands of dollars and many months of headaches trying to fix the defect.

In case the vehicle you buy is used, the average yearly mileage that you should find a used car is somewhere around 15,000 miles. This is significant for a few reasons. First, most used vehicles start requiring repairs once you pass 100,000 miles. Second, it gives you a good idea of how hard the previous owner drove it. For example, if it’s two years old and has 60,000 miles, you can safely assume the previous owner went it pretty hard, and the harder a motor vehicle is gone, the more wear and tear its parts get. This will speed up any mechanical breakdowns.

Test-drive your car before you finally agree to buy it. Every vehicle is different; if you spend much money on a car, you must be assured of all the dimensions. If there’s a knob on the dash, try it and see if it does what it’s supposed to do. There’s nothing more annoying than buying a new car and finding out there’s something wrong with it. One of the most important things you must never forget is to run the motor vehicle’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to see if it’s been in any accidents or had any major repairs or recalls. The VIN is what you’ll use to get all the records for everything that has ever happened to that individual car. It would help if you unquestionably did this before buying a used or new car. It could certainly save you a lot of time and money later. Keeping these major points in mind, one can’t completely be safe from encountering a defective vehicle purchase, but the fact can be minimized greatly. It shouldn’t be too difficult to avoid getting stuck with the most lemon automobiles if you follow sos.


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