Swati Arora

Lifestyle - Writer
New Delhi - India

    7 Signs The Car You Want To Buy Might Be A Lemon

    March 13, 2017

    When you want to buy a second hand car you have to take all the precautions to make sure you are going to pay for a reliable car. There are many lemon cars out there and those who buy them always fail to read the signs which tell them they are going to make a poor choice. Knowing what to look for in a car is very important if you want to avoid wasting your money.

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    Pay attention to the smells

    The first clue you should be aware of is the smell: if the car has any strange smells, such as burnt oil, it might be a lemon car. Most of the times, a strange smell is the telltale sign of something that's not alright underneath the hood. Some smells are obvious, while others are more subtle, but once you've felt something, make sure you ask more questions and take the car to the service before paying for it.

    The suspension problem

    Another thing to be aware of is the suspension. If the car's suspension is in good shape, the car will bounce up and down couple of times when you push the bumper down. However, if the bumper is stiff or doesn't bounce, you may have to deal with an expensive suspension problem in the future. This is why it's essential to make the bumper test on both the front and back bumper.

    Electrical system issues

    When you are testing a car before you buy it, check the windows. Almost all modern cars have electrical windows and locks. A problem with lowering the windows or locking the door might be caused by a bigger problem with the electrical system. Of course, it might also be caused by the individual system which controls the window, but you can't know that. And you don't want to have to pay for repairing the electrical system.

    A loose steering wheel

    Before you buy a car you should always test drive it. This is when you can spot problems like a loose steering wheel. If the steering wheel feels loose or has a sort of movement, the car might have problems with the steering fluid or it may be living its last days. This problem is not only expensive to repair, but it can also lead to severe issues: driving a car which doesn't respond to steering can end in a tragic accident.

    The highway test

    An important part of the test drive is driving the car on the highway with more than 100 km/h or 60 miles/h. When you accelerate, if the car is shaking or pulling to a side, you should never buy it. These are signs of an alignment problem or an engine problem. On top of this, they make the car insecure.

    Suspicious sounds are another clue

    A good car should not make any hissing or knocking sounds, so pay attention to all the sounds you hear during the test drive. A car which makes these sounds might be losing fluids or have problems with a piston. If the owner of the car or the seller insists of playing the radio, turn it off, so you can hear any sound made by the car.

    Check the oil

    Before you buy the car check the oil level. A low oil content might be the sign of an oil leak or poor maintenance. An oil leak is obvious a problem, but also is a car which was not used correctly. If the owner used to drive it without changing the oil at regular times, the engine and the other components tear down easier and the car wears out quicker.

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