Purchasing a lemon vehicle will leave you with a headache that needs repairs, all while you are still making payments. Before purchasing a vehicle it’s always a good idea to do some homework before signing on the dotted line and taking the keys. Here are a few tips on how to pick up on the red flags that often point to signs you could be buying a lemon.
The Importance of Knowing the Car History
It is very important that when you look at the car, you get the car’s complete history. Ask the dealership for the complete car record. If they are hesitant to give it to you, insist on looking at it. You do not want to purchase a car without knowing the history. Once you do have the history, make sure that you go over it well. Look for things like accident reports, flooding reports, and any other information that is listed on the history report. Also, check to make sure there is a warranty in effect as well. This is a critical component to filing a lemon law claim.
What to Look for In the Test Drive
When you take your potential car out for a test drive, there are several things you should take a look at. First of all, go over the interior, and see if anything is wrong. You will also want to turn on the heat, the cooling system, lights, blinkers, and windows to make sure that they all work. When you are driving, pay attention to the car carefully. Does it shimmy and shake? When you apply brakes, are there any issues? Does the motor run smooth? Take your time, and really pay attention to the car. If something seems off, it generally is.
What to Look for in the Maintenance Record
When looking at the maintenance record for the vehicle, you will want to make sure that the car was serviced regularly. You will want to make sure that it was just not the oil that was serviced. The transmission of vehicles needs to be maintained regularly, and this is something that some people forget. You will also want to make sure that the tires were maintained correctly, and that the brakes were as well.
Following all the advice above will help you to avoid buying a lemon vehicle. However, in some cases, a car may seem perfectly fine, and when you get it home, you find out you’ve got a lemon on your hands. If you think you’ve purchased a lemon, call Norman Taylor & Associates. With more than 25 years of lemon law experience, we’ll assist you with your lemon law claim and guide you every step of the way.