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Random Mechanics And Car Buyers Describe Red Flags That Identify A Car As A Lemon

  • (#2) Don’t Buy From A Seller That Refuses An Inspection

    From Quora user Craig Good:

    Before buying a used car you should insist on (and pay for) a pre-purchase inspection by an independent mechanic. If the seller refuses, it [is] probably a lemon.

  • (#10) Insist On Seeing The Car In Person

    From Quora user Tony Roberts:

    The salesperson always faces a difficult dilemma when you ask about the condition of the car. “Condition” is a highly subjective term. If you are buying a used car, it isn’t going to be perfect. The salesperson thinks, “Should I overstate the problems and drive the customer away or should I understate the problems and run the risk of making the customer angry when he/she arrives?” Some salespeople will take pictures or videos of the car but the lighting often makes them unreliable. If you can, always go see the car for yourself. That’s the only way to know what you’re getting for sure.

  • (#8) Look Up The History Of The Vehicle

    From Quora user Jeremy Nutt:

    Get the Carfax. Just get it. It sucks paying the fee, and I hate doing it too, but that's just how life is sometimes. If you have a friend that works [at] a car dealership, maybe they can get you one for free. It's a nice excuse to talk to a friend that you haven't seen in a while. Okay... although it is great when Carfax announces to you in red font that the car has been smashed, you aren't JUST looking for accidents on the Carfax. That is just one small piece of this automotive puzzle.

    The ideal situation (for most humans) is a maintained vehicle with a steady history of registrations, inspections, and consistently increasing mileage. Having many owners, being a "Fleet" vehicle (rental), salvage title, or having long time frames without mileage increases and registrations are all tell-tale signs that the vehicle may be questionable. If the Carfax looks weird, ask the owner of the vehicle the hard-hitting questions. If you don't trust the answers you receive, don't buy the car. Simple as that.

  • (#6) Check The Brand Of Tires

    From Redditor /u/SerPuissance:

    Cheap weird brand tires. It means that they've spent the bare minimum on the rest of the car and there's probably shoddy workmanship and missing service items from sh*t auto shops. Even if it has service history.

  • (#13) Listen To The Engine

    From Redditor /u/edge_basics:

    Crank up the car, open the hood, and just take a few moments to listed to the engine. Some sounds are normal, but listen for loud tapping or clunking sounds.

  • (#12) Only Buy From Reputable Dealers

    From Quora user Martin Sparks

    A car dealer that is authorized generally has a good reputation and must answer to manufacturers. Never buy from a dealer that is not reputable, you may live to regret it.

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Why do more and more people choose to buy used cars? Cheap price is the biggest selling point for used cars. With the same money for buying a new car, you can buy a higher-grade used car. Therefore, from the perspective of reducing the cost of buying a car, it is a wiser choice for the general public to buy used cars. Some beginner drivers have just obtained a driver’s license but their skills are not strong, so they might as well buy a second-hand car to practice. As an ordinary consumer, how to buy second-hand cars and how to prevent "accident cars"?

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