How do you know if your used car is a lemon?

 What Is a Lemon?

Generally speaking, a lemon is a freshly purchased car that suffers repeated mechanical problems.  Most federal and state lemon laws pertain only to new car purchases; so except in rare cases, used car buyers are unprotected.  Therefore, any used car buyer needs to be careful in choosing the right car, since the last thing any used car buyer wants is to spend time and money in a repair shop in the weeks and months after purchasing a used car.

Find out if your car is a lemon by doing proper research on the car before you purchase it, or by plodding through a string of mechanical repair expenses after you purchase it.

Inspection and Research

If you’re one of the many unlucky used car buyers who has dumped money into fixing a car you’ve just purchased, you’ve learned the hard way that your car is a lemon.  The lesson for the rest of us is to find out if a car is a lemon before actually buying it.  There are two excellent ways you can take the mystery out of the used car buying experience.

  • Have a mechanic examine the car before you purchase it.  A good mechanic will be able to detect major mechanical problems that you won’t catch by merely doing a test drive. 
  • Obtain a vehicle history report on the car.  A vehicle history report documents the vehicle’s entire history, including major repairs, accident history, and frame damage.


vehicle history report can alert you to the car’s past problems and tip you off if you have a lemon on your hands.  Ordering a vehicle history report online is fast and convenient and will save you a lot of time and money down the road.

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