A car is considered as a popular investment. Next to a home, buying a car is considered as the most expensive purchase many consumers in the United States make. With some cars sold in the US ranging from $20,000 to $30,000, car buying can be considered as a serious and pricey business. It is for this reason that every consumer should understand how car buying works in order to work the best deal possible. And more importantly, these steps help consumers ‘steer’ away from the lemons.
When thinking of a new car, the suggestion is to always start on the car model, the options and the amount of money that will serve as the budget in purchasing the car. By getting these ingredients in place, at least consumers will not find it rushed and pressured when inside the car dealership. There are other suggestions that can be kept in mind when shopping for the right cars, and in avoiding the lemons:
1. When shopping for new cars it is best to check out libraries or the internet for resources that discusses car features and prevailing market prices. Some of these resources will give you an idea as to the price range for your targeted make and model of the vehicle.
2. Don’t just stick with one dealership; it is a good move to go around and check out the available prices. When all these prices are in, you can compare these prices in order to select the best value for your needs and budget.
3. Always negotiate on the price of the car. Sometimes, you can get a discount of as much as 20 percent if you know who to work your way around the sales talk.
4. And if you don’t like the car that you see in the dealer’s lot, then you can always order the one that you like.
Once you have chosen the car for your needs, then the next challenge is maintaining the car so that you will not suffer the fate of some consumers burdened by ‘lemons’. Here are some strategies worth checking when trying to work your way around ‘lemons’:
1. Make sure that you always keep a copy of the documents relating to the history of the vehicle. This means collecting all information and papers connected to repair orders, to purchase contracts, the manual and even the warranty papers.
2. It is important that you pay attention and take down notes of the conversations you are having with the dealer or the repair people. Take down the dates and the details of the conversations.
3. Learn more about the TSB or the Technical Service Bulletins. These listings include the instructions coming from the manufacturers on how to address some defects that may be exhibited by the vehicle.
4. Also it’s best if you can prepare a timeline of the past repairs done on the vehicle. Organize the data from the oldest to the most recent, and indicate the date and the number of days the vehicle has been on breakdown status on the shop.
Getting involved with ‘lemon’ can be a tricky business. And you can be at the losing end since manufacturers are more knowledgeable on the matter. To restore fairness, you can always refer to the services that can be offered by lawyers specializing in the field.