Published On: Tue, Mar 14th, 2017

Avoid Driving Off with a Lemon

Has the time come where you want to drive off with a brand new car or truck?

If so, getting the right deal could come at a price. Yes, while you may save a fair amount of money, are you in actuality buying yourself a lemon?

For countless drivers’ nationwide buying new vehicles this year and any other year for that matter, steering clear of lemons is always a major goal. Not only can lemons be mentally exhausting, but they can put quite a crimp in one’s finances too.

So, how will you go about avoiding the lemons that invariably await some drivers each and every year?

Do Your Homework Before Buying

Although there is no 100 percent guarantee that the new car or truck you buy will be a perfect piece of machinery, there are things to do to lessen the chances of a lemon.

For starters, do your homework before you even set foot in a dealership.

By doing so, you improve your knowledge of not only what vehicle options are in front of you, but you learn more about the respective dealers that are on the table.

Whether you end up selecting a BMW or another brand of vehicle, be sure to note the following about them:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Do they have a track record of happy customers over the years?
  • Have they had any notable issues with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) over time?
  • Is it a family-owned dealership or one that tends to change hands time and time again?
  • Do they engage customers (current and potential ones) on social media? Doing so tends to show a dealership that encourages and appreciates consumer feedback.

Once you’ve done your share of homework, the decision making becomes a little bit easier.

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Take Those Vehicles for a Spin

Whether you have your heart set on one vehicle or you’re torn between several ones, make sure they get a good test ride locally and on the open road.

Some drivers may think that a quick spin around town will be enough to suffice. Unfortunately, they will not get the true feel of how the vehicle handles on the open highway.

For those drivers tending to commute long miles for work or other needs during the week, highway driving is usually a given. As such, it is important to make sure any car you one buys can handle the challenges of the open roads.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask questions or even question something a salesperson tells you.

Remember, you are going to be spending a significant amount of money on a new vehicle, so make sure all your questions and needs are met before you sign the paperwork.

You’re Responsible from Here on Out

Once you’ve signed the paperwork and taken that new vehicle home for good, the responsibility rests squarely on your shoulders.

As well-tuned as that new vehicle hopefully is when you take it off the lot, you are now tasked with making sure that car or truck lasts for many years to come.

By routinely taking it in for oil changes, tire rotations, brake service and other essentials, you will more than likely keep that vehicle running for years to come.

Some drivers will literally run their new vehicles into the ground over the years, others, meantime, will trade them in when they have the itch for a new set of wheels.

No matter which path you drive down, taking care of each and every vehicle you own is the way to travel down life’s long and narrowing highways.
Author: Dave Thomas

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