How to identify a lemon
As if purchasing a new vehicle wasn’t hard and stressful enough, there’s the added security of avoiding getting a lemon vehicle, which is another name for a dysfunctional automobile. That may mean the vehicle has a faulty part or it could be that the vehicle isn’t up to its advertised standards.
Learning how to identify a lemon could literally save you upwards of thousands of dollars, as lemons often have something wrong with the vehicle that is not obvious to the untrained eye. That means it’s likely something under the hood. We would be more than happy to take a look at any vehicle you think may have problems, and you can also be sure that there are no lemons on our lot.
One way in how to identify a lemon, and possibly the easiest way, is to test drive any vehicle prior to purchasing the vehicle. Whether this is on a car lot, or you’re meeting someone through a third-party website such as Craigslist, you need to drive the vehicle for yourself before signing on the dotted line.
You should also ask for the CarFax, or any form of prior vehicle report that includes service and maintenance information as well as make and model information. This report should give you an idea as to what the vehicle has been through already. For example, if you can see that the airbags have been deployed, that likely means the vehicle has been in a collision and may have something further wrong with it. Or, perhaps you can see the vehicle came from a part of the country where there was a natural disaster and there could be further damage under the hood that just hasn’t surfaced yet.
Another final step in how to identify a lemon is to look up every make and model of vehicle you’re interested in. Also make sure to differentiate between the model years, because sometimes a certain model year will have an issue, but other model years don’t.
By taking a few precautions and necessary safeguarding steps, you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of happiness with your vehicles fulfilling each and every need.