How to Avoid Buying a Lemon

Shopping for a car can be stressful, but buying a used car brings a different set of stress inducers that a new car doesn’t. Used cars don’t have the backing that a new car does from the dealership and the manufacturer. Once you purchase the car, you are basically on your own. There are some dealers that for Chrysler Martinsville Indiana has that offer coverage on used cars, but it usually doesn’t cover everything you need. 

The key with buying a used car is the value that you get. Otherwise, you would just buy a new vehicle, right? One word you hear bandied about when reading or talking about used vehicles is a lemon, a car that doesn’t seem to have any problems before you buy it but ends up costing you a lot of money in repairs once you take it home and start driving it on a regular basis. 

So, how does someone avoid buying a lemon? Even some of the Chrysler Martinsville Indiana dealers could have lemons on their lot and not know about it. Here are a few tips that you can sue to ensure that you are getting a great used car at a great price. 

  • Use the Internet – This is the most important thing that you can do. Get the VIN number of the vehicle you are interested in and run a report of it online. Thanks to the internet, historical information on repairs and damage is available on just about every vehicle in the world. Use it to your advantage. If you don’t, you only have yourself to blame. 
  • Interior – Thoroughly check the car’s interior before buying it. Leave no stone unturned. If you don’t have a great knowledge of cars and what they are supposed to look like, have an expert take a look for you. They might be able to notice things that you won’t. There can even be indicators on the inside of a vehicle that the car has been in an accident before. Most people think that this can only be indicated on the exterior. 
  • Tires – It’s alarming how many people overlook the tires when examining a vehicle. Of course, with a used vehicle there is going to be some wear. Make sure it’s even on all tires and it’s just the tread. Cracks in the side wall are a bad sign when it comes to the longevity of the tires’ lifespan. Buying a car with bad tires could lead to huge cost right out of the gate once you buy it, so avoid that at all costs. 

Of course, you should check the exterior of the car before you purchase too, but that is obvious. The key to any car purchase, especially a used vehicle, is to do your homework. Leave no stone unturned when trying to ascertain the value of the car and its history.