Is Your Car a Lemon?

Written by Steven Chabotte

There are very few things more satisfying than buying a new car. There is great pride of ownership and a feeling of accomplishment and pride as you drive around town in your new vehicle. For most of us, that new car excitement lasts until we must make our first payment or until we get our first parking lot ding. For an unlucky few, they wish these wererepparttar only negatives that they had to worry about.

These unlucky few arerepparttar 135192 people who find themselves with an automobile that will, after much frustration and exhaustion onrepparttar 135193 part ofrepparttar 135194 owner, be classified on a lemon.

So just what is a lemon car? After all, we've all hadrepparttar 135195 occasional breakdown of some part of our car. And no matter when it happens, it is extremely inconvenient (and often quite expensive.) When does "regular wear and tear" flow intorepparttar 135196 realm of having a true lemon.

Typically a lemon is a new vehicle (or in some states a used vehicle under certain circumstances) that has had a large number of repair attempts on a single defect or an overall large number of repair attempts overall. It can also include just a single repair attempt on a portion ofrepparttar 135197 car where failure could be a life threatening situation. Each state has their own lemon law warranty act and each of them defines what will make a vehicle a lemon. For instance, in California, a lemon automobile can be summarized as follows:

Vehicles Covered by California Lemon Law - California lemon law covers any new motor vehicle used primarily for family, personal or household purposes. It also includesrepparttar 135198 chassis portion of motor homes.

Repair Interval / Coverage Period Details - To be considered a lemon law vehicle in California ,repparttar 135199 vehicle must either be out of service for 30 calendar days or have 2 repair attempt for a defect that could cause death or a serious injury or have 4 repairs forrepparttar 135200 same defect. The coverage period is for 18 months or 18,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

(Lemon law summaries andrepparttar 135201 statutes for all 50 states and Washington DC can be found atrepparttar 135202 Lemon Law Resources website at

If you believe your car is a lemon, it is very important that you have proper records to show this. That means that each time you go to your service center, it is very important that they record exactly what you believerepparttar 135203 problem is inrepparttar 135204 car and specify what they did to try to solverepparttar 135205 problem. You need to do this for two reasons. First, you will need these records when making a claim for restitution. Second, for these "mystery" problems, dealers will try many different things and it may not be clear to an adjuster that they were all related unless you ensure this isrepparttar 135206 case onrepparttar 135207 receipts.

Finding Your Dream Car

Written by Staff

Thinking about buying a used car? How do you know which car is right for you? Itís all in askingrepparttar right questions.

First, ask yourself what you really need in a car. Who will be driving it most ofrepparttar 134900 time? Where will you be driving in? Over what sort of terrain? Do you need a lot of storage space and lots of seating? Are you going to be traveling back and forth over long distances?

What features are an absolute must? Air conditioning, adjustable controls, cruise control?

What safety features you are looking for? Anti-lock brake systems, head injury protection, or child protection equipment?

How much are you willing to spend?

What kind of down payment can you make?

Realistically, what can you afford to pay monthly?

Itís important to know this amount before you even start looking. Then do your research. Check websites, dealerships, and Consumer Reports magazine. Look for reliability and repair ratings as well as safety advice. The website offers pricing information and advice on buying a used car.

Go exploring for that perfect car. Gather as much info as you can onrepparttar 134901 different makes and models. Check outrepparttar 134902 retail value, available options, performance, and track record for repairs.

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