Check List to Avoid Purchasing a Lemon Car

Shopping for a car? 1-800-MY-LEMON, the lemon law attorneys, are posting a checklist which will help you avoid a lemon car. Here is a list of components to check before you buy a new or used car.

___ Frame and body: Is the frame straight and solid?

___ Engine: Is there excessive oil leakage? Are the belts in place? Is the block or head cracked? Is the exhaust normal?

___ Transmission and drive shaft: Is the transmission fluid proper and seepage normal? Is the transmission solid? Is the drive shaft in good shape?

___ Differential: Does the differential operate quietly without excessive seepage?

___ Cooling system: Does the water pump function properly? Is there any leakage, including any from the radiator?

___ Electrical system: Does the battery leak? Do the alternator, generator, battery, and starter work properly?

___ Fuel system: Is there any visible leakage?

___ Accessories: Do gauges and warning devices work? Do the air conditioner, heater, and defroster work?

___ Brake system: Do the warning lights work? Is the brake pedal firm under pressure? Does the vehicle stop in a straight line? Check the hoses, drum and lining for soundness. Are structural and mechanical parts solid?

___ Steering system: Is there too much free play in the steering? Are the front wheels aligned properly? Check the power unit belts for cracks or slippage and the unit fluid levels.

___ Suspension system: Are the ball joint seals intact? Are the structural parts solid and straight? Are springs and shocks properly connected? Check shock absorbers for leakage and loose mountings.

___ Tires: Check the tread for depth of wear, the tire sizes for matching, and for any other obvious damage.

___ Wheels: Look for any visible cracks, damage, or repairs. Check for loose or missing mounting bolts.

___ Exhaust system: Check for leakage and exhaust smoke when the engine is running

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