Finding a descent used car is hard as heck! Lies, deceitful sales tactics, sneaky quick-fixes–all pitiful traps to try and sucker you into getting what you think, is a great deal. Ok, so you bought that darn vehicle you had your eye on and now, two weeks later, the sucker conked out on you in the middle of rush hour on a busy highway. Now what?
All is not lost, you might still be able to salvage a little piece of your pride. Check out these tips on what to do if you get stuck with a lemon:
1) If you bought a vehicle from a private owner and the bill of sale states that you are purchasing the car “As Is,” that pretty much means, that you agreed to buy the car with all of the headaches that accompany it. If you can prove that there was some sort of fraud involved, you might be able to turn that lemon into lemonade but an attorney is your best bet for navigating you through the process.
2) Got hoodwinked into buying a rebuilt wreck, a salvaged vehicle? These types of cars vehicles are sometimes put back on the road by crooked rebuilders who take shortcuts during repairs that can cost you your life. Shortcuts like not replacing a vehicle’s air bag or welding the rear half of a car that was in a head-on collision to the front of a car that was rear-ended. They also often “wash” the vehicle’s title by shipping it to a state with slack titling laws so that you are none the wiser. Contact The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), a nationwide organization of more than 1500 members who represent and have represented hundreds of thousands of consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive and predatory business practices. www.naca.net
3) If you just happened to buy your lemon from a franchised dealer, you can get your issue mediated through National Automotive Dealers Association’s, Automotive Consumer Action Program. AUTOCAP serves as a liaison between a dealer and consumer and they provide mediation free of charge. The organization states that four out of five complaints are resolved to everyone’s satisfaction without outside involvement. www.nada.com
4) Is the dealer giving you the blues about repairing a problem covered by a warranty or service contract? If you have a service agreement that is administered by an automaker, take your gripe to the company’s local rep, they have pull, can override the dealer and get your vehicle fixed.
If you are still confused on how to get your lemon issue solved, contact your state attorney general’s office (check online or in your local phonebook) or local consumer affairs protection agency, they will definitely steer you in the right direction.