What is a lemon car
Have you ever bought a vehicle from a car lot, or from someone on a third-party website such as Craigslist, only for it to end up being a piece of junk? At one time this was a very popular way for scammers to get rich quick.
They’d sell you a car that has been altered in a way that is undetectable to the untrained eye, and fixed just enough to get the vehicle home.
After you get the vehicle home after signing on the dotted line, that vehicle is your responsibility, and with a lemon car, it’s even worse because that means you’re responsible for all of the repairs and often don’t have any sort of security or warranty in place to assist you with the financial aspect.
Luckily, the practice of selling lemon cars has somewhat subsided and there are also a variety of laws and best-practices in place to prevent auto dealers and third-party vendors from selling defective vehicles. You can bet at West Side Mitsubishi, we’d never even dream of selling you a lemon, but it’s still important to know what is a lemon car and what to do to limit your chances of purchasing a lemon.
A lot of lemon vehicles came from the U.S. dealerships that were affected by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina or other natural disasters, as these dealerships would send the vehicles north to other states and countries to sell, even though there was hail damage or water damage to the vehicle. To the untrained eye, though, as long as the surface of the vehicle looks OK, issues often go undetected until they really become a problem.
Both new and used vehicles alike can be a lemon, as new vehicles can contain faulty parts or parts that are installed incorrectly, and with used vehicles, you never really know what you’re getting unless you ask for a prior service or ownership report, such as a CarFax report.
These reports tell the interested consumer whether there was any damage to the vehicle throughout the prior ownership, whether or not the airbags were deployed, whether there was any body work done and so much more. These reports are essential in avoiding a lemon and to help you answer the question of what is a lemon car before you buy one.