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How to Avoid Buying a Lemon - Three Easy Tips!

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On: Wed, May 19, 2010 at 10:49AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

How to Avoid Buying a Lemon - Three Easy Tips!

There are many common used auto pitfalls that many consumers can easily overlook when they are in the process of seeking to purchase a used car. It does not really matter whether you are seeking to get your hands on used cars from a used car dealership, or you have your eyes set on private purchase: lemon cars do exist and there are some easy ways that you can go about assuring that you never purchase one.

First and foremost, what is the definition of a car that is deemed be a lemon?

According to Carlemon.com, “A vehicle that continues to have a defect that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety. Generally, if the car has been repaired 4 or more times for the same Defect within the Warranty Period and the Defect has not been fixed, the car qualifies as a Lemon. All States differ so you should consult the Lemon Law Summary and the State Statutes for your particular State. Note that the warranty period may or may not coincide with the Manufacturer's Warranty.”

With this in mind, here are some really simple tips that you can use that should hopefully aid you in evading ever having to worry about succumbing to the devastation that comprises owning or purchasing a used car that is a lemon.

Check the Lemon Laws in Your State
One of the first things you may want to look into is better educating yourself on the lemon laws in your state. This can be easily—and thankfully—done for free online. There are many awesome resources that provide candid amounts of useful information on lemon laws, as they can vary state-by-state. A good place to look online for information is at websites like: Lemonlawamerica.com.

Have the Vehicle Inspected
Another thing that many used car buyers overlook when seeking to purchase a used vehicle is having it inspected. There are tons of mobile inspectors that charge affordable flat rates to come out to conduct a thorough inspection of any vehicle. Don’t take the owner or the dealership’s word for it! Have the car inspected independently so you can know for sure it is not a lemon!

Conduct a Title Search
Another good avenue of approach is by conducting a simple vehicle title search using online resources like CarFax.com. Most used auto dealers will offer such title searches for free. However, in the instance that you are considering purchasing a used car from a private party, you always want to know what is on the history of the car you are looking at buying. This way you can truly enjoy the peace of mind that comes with owning a reliable used auto.

Take Your Time
Last, but not least: be patient! Most experts agree that a car purchase is, in fact, one of the largest purchases that you will ever make. The last thing you want is a lemon on your hands—something that can lead to eons of frustration, and something that can easily be avoided if you take your time and conduct proper due diligence.


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