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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Prevent Yourself From Buying a Lemon

Owning and operating a vehicle is as much of a responsibility as it is a right, but the truth is not everyone who owns a car is cut out to be a mechanic. It might not be particularly surprising that a car is an extremely complex machine, yet very few potential buyers tend to view it as such. Taking a small interest in the state of your future automobile, however, can be done with as little time as a few minutes. It will be worth it when you prevent yourself from buying a lemon.

Check the State of the Battery
The battery is the electrical core of a car, providing it with the energy to generate lights and sounds. Unfortunately, the most common problem with batteries is that they can corrode and leak over time. Knowing where a battery is located, as well as what it should look like, can save you from buying a car with a ruined electrical system. Check to see if there is any acid extruding from the device, and check the date before committing to a purchase.

Insure that the Tires are Aligned
Checking to see if a set of tires are aligned is something that should be done professionally, but who is going to do it for you at the lot? Having them checked by a mechanic would likely be impossible, but driving on unaligned tires can cost you a pretty penny as well. When buying a new car, however, you can perform a simple self-test. Drive slowly down a straight road with your hand on the steering wheel, but don’t actually move the car. If you feel the car pulling to one side, it’s time to set up an appointment.

By using these simple tips, you can avoid buying a car on the verge of serious damage. Unfortunately, emergencies and accidents that cannot be foreseen may still cause substantial damages to a new vehicle. Thankfully, the most professional car dealers in NJ are willing to help in any way possible! Speak with a representative at your local dealership today if you have any questions about potential issues with a motor vehicle. Spending money on a problem you don’t recognize will only lead to greater problems down the road.


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