You may have recently purchased a used car and took it off the lot just when it started making odd noises. There may not have been any issues when you were originally looking to buy it, but now that’s not the case. You may realize that, after a few months, your car may not last as long as you hoped.
What can you do now that your car isn’t up to the standards it was advertised on? So what happened to the seemingly fine car you were looking at before? You may have been misled into buying a lemon.
But what is a lemon when you’re talking about a car? Here’s what you should know:
Know a lemon when you see one
When motor-vehicle laws talk about lemons they aren’t talking about the sour fruit that grows in trees. What’s actually being talked about is a car that has substantial defects and can no longer be reasonably fixed.
A defective car may not be safe to drive because of a faulty brake, loose wheels or motor issues, as a few examples. There may be multiple attempts to repair the vehicle with no results. At that point, a defective vehicle may be classified as a lemon.
You might easily spot a lemon by how the car is constructed. You might notice that the exterior of the car doesn’t fit right. You might notice poorly painted spots on the car. You could even have the car inspected by a mechanic for engine issues. Yet, even then you may not know your car is a lemon when you go to purchase it.
Some auto-dealers will try to sell lemons to make their money back for their purchase and repairs put into a defective car. Sellers may misrepresent the quality of their cars to deceive potential buyers. If you were sold on a car that turned out to be a lemon, you need to know your options to avoid costly repairs and to reclaim your money.