Purchasing the brand-new car of your dreams can be absolutely elating. You are excited to hit the road in your new ride and feel ready to take on the world. However, for the many people who end up with a lemon each year, these dreams come crashing down around their ears. The car that brought them so much joy turns into a nightmare, an unsafe or unreliable money-pit.
If you’ve recently purchased a car and found yourself experiencing issues that you shouldn’t be, you may have a lemon on your hands. Here a few ways you can know for sure.
You’re having problems with a brand-new vehicle.
With proper care and maintenance, a brand new vehicle should run smoothly. You should not be having issues within a short time of buying a new car. If you find that parts are giving out, or you’re having to go in for costly repairs, your alarm bells should go off.
You’re having reoccurring problems.
One sure-sign of a lemon is if your new car is having the same problem over and over again, despite you taking it in for repairs. Sure, you could have just picked a terrible mechanic, but it is more likely that you are dealing with a lemon and the problem is not the fault of you or your mechanic.
You aren’t the only one.
If many people begin experiencing the same issues with the same make and model vehicle as the one you purchased, then there is an almost 100% chance that you’ve got a lemon on your hands. If you are experiencing issues with your new car, go online to some forums and talk to others about your problems. See if other people are experiencing the same thing. This can give you some idea as to how widespread the issue is.
If any of the above signs describe your situation, you are probably entitled to compensation for the stress and finical loss the issues with your vehicle have caused you. Many times, if there is a widespread issue, the manufacturer may acknowledge it and fix the issue on their own. However, often people with lemons are not so lucky. They may bring their vehicle back to the dealer to get help and have the problem go unacknowledged. If you find yourself in a losing situation with your new vehicle, you may need to contact a lemon law attorney to see what your legal options are. The earlier you go after a claim the better, since lemon laws in many states only cover a vehicle for a certain amount of time after it is purchased. Get all of the facts and inform yourself. After all, no one deserves to spend their hard-earned money on a vehicle that is unsafe or unreliable.