Avoid Things Going Sour When Buying Into A Lemon Car

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Buying a car is a complete and utter stress. Finding a new car is costly and can be very expensive, whether you are buying on finance or buying with cash, so most of the time people try to find used cars to purchase. If you’re not a car connoisseur, then the purchase of a car can feel like walking into oncoming traffic: it’s going to hurt, and you have no idea what you are doing!

Finding a used car that is in good condition should be easy, but that search is only going to be successful if you apply a little common sense and a lot of forward-thinking to your task. Car shopping is going to come with a bit of risk. Buying a new car that you can drive straight out of the dealership means that you are relying on yourself as the owner of that car for things to stay correct and reliable. Buying a used car means you are relying on other people to have left that car in the best condition possible. Research and investigative skills are in dire need here, because you are embarking on the search that could mean the difference between a safe and secure driving experience, and one that sees you calling in a competent accident lawyer. There are many tricks that you can try to make your car purchasing experience a pleasant one, rather than one that sees you purchasing a lemon car and seeing everything going very sour very quickly.

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Reliability Records Matter.

As a new buyer, you need to be stringent in your reliability checks of a new vehicle. You want to avoid purchasing a car that is prone to breakdowns and trouble, and even the chances of purchasing a ‘cut and shut’, which you can read more about here. Your model selection is going to have everything to do with your successful car purchase, so reading car reviews on the model you are interested in is important and this report can really help.

Read Window Stickers – Not Just The Cost!

Every car dealer is required by the FTC to stick a buyer’s guide in used cars that are on the forecourt for sale. The Buyer’s Guide must be honoured, regardless of the contract that you sign and the information that is within it has to be transparent. If a car is sold ‘as is’, then you need to be very aware that problems that may happen after you leave the dealership are solely yours to fix. It’s a risk, and it’s also why many states no longer allow cars to be sold ‘as is’, as it can cause accidents!

Inspect The Exterior

You may not be a particularly informed car buyer, and it’s for this reason that you should always buy a car with someone well-versed in purchasing their own. Dealers can spot an inexperienced buyer a mile off, and you need to be able to walk into that sale with as much knowledge as possible about what to look for. Doing a walk around of the car you are interested in can throw up tons of interesting points, like paintwork that has been chipped and covered over, dents that have been masked by position of the car in the forecourt and mismatched car parts. You want to look for inconsistent repairs so that you can ask the right questions about the previous owner’s treatment of the car. Every question you ask could mean the difference between your safety and an accident waiting to happen.

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Kick The Hood

Looking under the hood may be completely overwhelming for you, so have someone inspect the car on your behalf and help you to understand what you should be looking for. In a nutshell, you want to make sure the interior of the car is not grease splattered and have as little corrosion as possible. Make sure the engine is cool before you do this, but check the fluids in the car are clean and do not have any leaks. You’ll notice funky fluids and smells and you need to ask about these before you buy.

Tread Carefully

The only things between you and the road are the tires of the car. It’s for this reason that you should be ensuring that these are in the best condition possible. Tires tell a lot about a car and its history. The wear across the tread should be very even on both sides of the car and the treat shouldn’t be flat or shallow. If this is the case, the car needs new tires! The inflation should be correct and cupped tires can show that there have been issues with steering, braking and the suspension of the car.

A History Lesson

Before you buy a car, you need to get a full history and this history can tell you everything from previous accidents to fires, floods and whether the mileage has been wound back. Odometer fraud is a big issue but be aware: vehicle history reports are not always up to date. You could have a car with a perfect history sitting in front of you and yet have the most obvious signs of damage. The best thing that you can do is have a professional mechanic do a once-over of the vehicle, and usually you get a 14-day cancellation policy to work with when you buy a new car. If you choose to buy, use your cancellation policy to check out the car and then return it if you find any issues.

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You should be very aware of your rights as a car buyer before you go into the dealership and if you are a savvy buyer, you can avoid that lemon. You need to know your protection before you sign the dotted line, and while it’s illegal for a dealer to sell you a car that has been welded back together or had the mistakes covered up, you can report that dealer to NADA. Buying privately offers you less protection, which is where a trusted friend can help. Don’t let your car buying experience make you sour!

 

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