Have you just purchased a new car and are starting to have doubts? Has your ‘brand new’ car accumulated a great deal of mileage? Are there warning lights constantly popping up on your dashboard? If so, you may have bought a lemon car.
There are quite a few warning signs that you should keep a lookout for. The sooner you commence a lemon law lawsuit, the higher your odds of winning the case. Below you will find the main signs to watch out for.
What is a Lemon Car?
A lemon car is a vehicle that does not meet the advertising claims of its manufacturer, does not operate as expected, or does not meet minimum standards for quality or performance. Lemon cars are typically sold to unsuspecting buyers without prior knowledge of the vehicle’s condition.
In the United States, lemon laws are in place to protect consumers from fraudulent practices or from manufacturers that refuse to make good on their promises. This may vary slightly from state to state. You may find here an example for Pennsylvania.
1. No Car History
Cars that have never been serviced and don’t have a valid vehicle inspection sticker or certificate may have been subject to abuse and cannot be trusted without more investigation. Buyers should ensure the previous owner provided necessary records for safety. Mechanical problems could occur in the future, and lack of records may lead to costly repairs, if not replacements.
2. Mismatched Tires and Panels
One sign that a car is a lemon is mismatched tires and panels. Mismatched tires mean the car has been fitted with a combination of different sizes or types of tires on each corner. Typically, this is done when one or more tires have been replaced due to a defect.
Similarly, mismatched panels typically occur when the car has been “pieced together” to replace a panel damaged due to a defect, and the repair doesn’t quite match the original.
3. Unusually Low Price
If you’re shopping for a used car and you come across one with an unusually low price, you should be aware that this could be a sign of a lemon car. This means the car is a deal that sounds too good to be true and likely has multiple costly problems that will add up quickly.
Having the car inspected by a reputable mechanic is important to check for issues that may not be immediately visible, such as hidden frame damage or other structural integrity problems.
4. Researching the Brand and Model
It is important to check the car’s brand, model, and reviews. Knowing the brand and model of a car can provide valuable information, including previous customer reviews and expert opinions. Word of mouth can also be an invaluable resource when researching a vehicle.
Looking into customer experiences and reviews can provide potential buyers with insights into the car’s reliability and potential problems that previous buyers have faced.
Be Wiser and Avoid Lemon Car Purchases
In conclusion, it’s wise to research a car before buying it and ensure it’s not a lemon. Get a professional mechanic to look at the car and run a carfax report to check for potential repair problems. Even better, you can purchase a certified pre-owned car from a reputable dealer with an extended warranty and avoid a lemon car purchase altogether.
Don’t take risks, be smarter and shop smarter!
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