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Hello, my name is Tony and I've bought and sold many cars in my life. Most of them were used when I got them, some of them were new and a couple were even "lemons". Even now it's embarrassing to admit that, but I look at it as a learning experience.
That's why I decided to publish this website. My goal here is to arm you with all the information you need to:
A. Keep from buying a "lemon car" in the first place.
B. Exercise your rights and get justice if you do get stuck with a "lemon". The easiest way to do this is to make sure you know the automobile lemon laws for your state
Most folks will eventually buy a car of their own. I know we would all prefer to buy a new car, but usually we're are stuck buying a used car from a dealer or private owner.
There are benefits to buying a car this way, for one they're a lot less expensive than a brand new car. Also, a new car will lose about 15% of it's value as soon as you drive it off the lot. When you buy a used car you don't have to take the depreciation hit that comes with a new car.
The downside to this is that you might get a car that seems like everything you're loking for, but soon becomes your worst nightmare. I've learned from experience that by the time that you realize that you bought a lemon, it's probably too late.
After all, if you could tell the car is a lemon just by looking at it you wouldn't have bought it in the first place. Right?
So, by now the car has outlived its 90 day warranty (which are usually filled with loopholes for the dealer anyway) and it's turning out to be a piece of junk. What does this mean for you? Well, if you don't know your states lemon laws and how to make the dealer live up to them it usually means you’re screwed.
I'm sure you know by now that dealers set up their contracts to protect them and their interests, not yours. Most buyers also figure that's just the way it is and there's nothing they can do about it.
Fortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, there is a lot that you can do to protect yourself even after you've bought a lemon.
My goal here is to give you a comprehensive guide that tells you what to do if you find yourself in that position. I'll start out with the steps to follow to keep yourself from getting a "lemon car" in the first place. As my dear grandma used to say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" and I'm sure you'll agree.
Unfortunately, even if you do everything right when you buy your next car, it's still possible to end up with a lemon. That's why knowing what to do and what your rights are when it comes to your state's automobile lemon laws is the best thing that you can do.
Yes, that’s right: as a buyer you do have rights and are entitled to protection under the law.
Every state has laws (called automobile lemon laws) that are designed to protect you if you find yourself stuck with a bad car and a uncooperative dealer. I want to arm you with the information that you need to protect yourself both now and in the future.
In keeping with my grandma's great piece of wisdom, the best place to start is to learn what to do to keep from buying a lemon in the first place. So, that's where we'll begin.