There are few things more exciting than buying a new car and testing it on the road. Owning the car of your dreams is a great feeling. Unfortunately, this feeling can be quickly ruined if the new vehicle begins to act strangely and is plagued by numerous malfunctions in a short time. If the number of repairs is quickly getting higher and you wander why, the answer may be in front of your eyes: you have bought a lemon car. Find out how to detect a lemon car before actually buying the car and contact a lemon law attorney if you need any help.
Stumbling upon a lemon car occurs more often when buying a used car. Whenever you want to buy a car, either new or used, there are some things to verify. The first thing to check is the tire thread dimension. Buying a car with uneven tire thread is really not recommended. Uneven thread indicates that the tires were never rotated or changed during spring of winter. And this should tell you that the car was not properly cared and some hidden traps may be lurking. A front end alignment job will be only the tip of the iceberg.
Another thing to do before buying the car is to see if the suspension is working properly. Buying a car with a misaligned suspension will force you to make a costly visit to the mechanic. The quickest way to check if the suspension is working is the so-called “bumper test”. Push on car’s bumpers, both at front and back. The car should bounce gently once or twice. If the car does not bounce or the bumper feels still, this should be worrying signs. Meeting resistance when you push down the bumpers is never good.
A car with loose or wobbly steering wheel is another sign for a lemon. Loose steering wheel suggests an alignment problem or a problem with the steering liquid. It is also a sign that the car you want to buy is maybe too old.
Testing your car at high-speed for short distances may also reveal other problems. If you take the car of a spin and after you reach a certain speed, let’s say 60/mph, the car begins pulling one side or if the steering wheel begins shaking, you should consider twice about buying this car. These are clear signs of engine problems and having a car with faulty engine is a life-threatening risk.