You buy a car and it doesn’t work. Your first thought probably isn’t about sunshine and ponies and rainbows. Your first thought is probably about the person who sold it to you. Did the car dealership know about the defect that made the car undrivable? Did the salesperson? Did he try to sell it to you anyway? Did he say “sucker!” when you drove it off the lot?
Lemon laws differ depending on where you live, but usually, the law stipulates that if a car can’t be driven before a reasonable time frame or number of miles have elapsed, it’s a lemon. If the car is fixed three times and still doesn’t function properly, you have rights. Why should you have to wait for the car to be fixed three times, though? That’s a time-consuming, aggravating process all for something that’s not your fault to begin with.
What do you do to make sure your car isn’t a lemon before you buy it?
If you don’t know cars, then find someone who does. Find a brother, dad, friend, or someone who loves to drive. There are a ton of do-it-yourself mechanics out there who would probably feel honored to go for a test drive with you (and maybe even help you haggle when it comes time to buy). Make sure you take advantage of that drive. Take a look at what’s under the hood. If everything appears to be all right, then it’s time to do some online research.
You’re looking for tools to help you get a vehicle history for the car you want. A long time ago, this used to be difficult to do, but now anyone with a computer can perform the right kind of search. A vehicle history will tell you how often a car was serviced, when and where and what kind of repairs were done, and the type of accidents it was in.
When you do the search, pay close attention to where the car has been. If the car was suspiciously transported away from a state where a hurricane just hit, then it might be that the car dealer is just trying to make a quick buck off a car he knows to have water damage. If you feel that your brand new car might be a lemon, then don’t hesitate to contact our office.