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Buying a car | 23.04.2013 - 14:20

Lemon Car Warning Signs and Tips

The article explains the potential risks of buying a lemon car with tips how to recognize them and decide on further actions.
Lemon cars
Detect a lemon car

Buying a used car always comes with a risk. Since it's been used for a couple of years before you bought it, you can't expect it to be in mint condition. So, it may have certain defects, such as faulty airbags, defective exhaust system, problems with the transmission, and so on. There is also the risk of getting a lemon car. It's not easy to recognize a lemon car before you buy it and start driving it. That is why you could use a couple of tips on how to recognize a lemon car and what to do after you determine you've been sold a lemon.

There are several signs that indicate your new car is a lemon. First of all, you should check the steering. If you hear clunking noises while you are turning the steering wheel, there is something wrong with the car. This means that the car's driveline is defective, which can cause vehicle vibrations and excessive wear on other components.

The next thing you should take a look at is the suspension. You can test the suspension by pressing the fenders as hard as you can, and letting the car bounce. If the suspension is good, the car shouldn't bounce more than 2-3 times. If it bounces more than that, then probably the shock absorbers are worn.

Then, check the engine. If there is no grease on the engine whatsoever, your car is probably a lemon. Also, lemon cars usually have a brown transmission fluid, and their hoses are not too worn.

The tires should definitely be checked, as well. Tire tread can reveal a lot about the car's overall condition. If the tires on your car are more worn on the outside than in the middle, it means that it hasn't been driven too carefully, and probably a lot of parts are damaged, such as the brake pads, the shock absorbers, and the car's suspension is not in a good shape, either.

Jordan Perch is an active promoter of the new developments in the automotive industry. He is an author of many how-to articles related to safe driving, DMV issues, auto insurance etc.

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