What is a Car Lemon and How Can You Avoid It?

May 24th, 2019 by

What is a Car Lemon and How Can You Avoid It?

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When shopping for your next car, you might hear the term “lemon” thrown around from time to time. So, what exactly is a car lemon, and how can discerning drivers in Miami, Doral, and Hialeah avoid it altogether?

Warding off lemons is easy when you’re shopping with the right dealership. The Braman Honda team is here to show you how lemon laws work in Florida.

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How Do You Know if a Car is a Lemon?

Used Honda CarsBefore shopping for your next ride, you should know how to spot a lemon. Both new and used cars can be classified as lemons. To earn this title, a car must be:

  • New but defective
  • Used and poorly maintained
  • Used and poorly repaired

Sometimes, it’s easy to spot a used lemon if the car shows visible signs of wear and tear. However, defects and ineffective repairs are harder to spot from the outside.

Even if it’s not always apparent to the naked eye, it’s still fairly easy to avoid driving home in a lemon.

Avoiding Lemons: Dealerships vs Independent Sellers

Your lemon evasion is going to start with the seller of the car. Many drivers have been known to encounter lemons when working with independent sellers, and this is for a very simple reason: Independent sellers don’t abide by the same rules as car dealerships.

Independent sellers don’t have to do things like inspect a car or provide maintenance records when selling. This eliminates a necessary quality assurance check that could leave you longing for higher performance.

Dealerships have to keep up with strict industry standards. Before selling a car, they ensure that everything is thoroughly inspected and rides as smoothly as possible. In the case of used cars, they’ll even provide (usually free) vehicle history reports, filling you in on the details of previous ownership.

If you want to avoid a car lemon, you’ll definitely have to shop with a dealership.

Test Drive the Car First

Test DriveBefore committing to any vehicle, whether it be new or used, a test drive is essential. During your test drive, there’s a few things you’ll want to pay attention to:

  • Handling and brakes
  • Engine response
  • Strange sounds or smells coming from the car

Looks are one thing, but performance is another. You can look the car over extensively, but it takes a turn behind the wheel to understand how it will hold up. If you hear any odd engine noise, experience brake trouble, or get an overall sluggish response, you may in fact be dealing with a lemon.

Come Test Drive the Anti-Lemon in Miami FL Today

If a lemon is a defect or a poorly maintained car, then you can rest assured that our inventory is a haven for the anti-lemon. We provide local drivers with one of the largest selections of new, used, and certified pre-owned Honda models in the area, which you can view online today.

See something that you like? Contact the Braman Honda team online or over the phone to schedule a test drive now!