You’ve got a new car, great. Ensuring your new car is everything you expected is very important. Because if it’s not, you might as well call upon the local lemon law.
Hold on, what in the world is lemon law? It is a structure of laws that apply to vehicles that were bought under warranty and do not meet expected standards of quality.
In this article, we will cover how you can inspect your vehicle to ensure that it’s up to standard. But also, why you need to contact lemon law attorneys if it’s not.
So if you’d like to make sure your car won’t break down on you, keep reading for 3 ways to repair your car with the help of lemon law attorneys.
A quick inspection does not take any longer than a simple oil change. You should have enough time to inspect everything you need while you wait for the oil to drain.
Start by examining the interior. Make sure there are no cracks in the windshields and windows. Now you can check the mirrors, wipers, and washers, as well as all the interior lights, and other accessories.
Get out of the car and inspect the lighting system. If the car has a cabin air filter, check it for excessive dust. After doing that, open the hood and examine these fluids:
- Power steering fluid
- Windshield washer
- Brake fluid
You should watch for fluid leaks in the engine bay, as that’s a serious problem. Now inspect the engine air filter. Remove the oil fill cap and replace the filter.
Next, you can remove the oil drain plug, followed by an inspection of the brake system.
You can easily see the thickness of the pads and the rotor condition. If not, inspect the interior side of the brakes.
They always wear away faster on the inside. Ensure they have at least 4mm of thickness.
Up next is an inspection of the direction system. Keep your eye out for loose objects and shake the front wheels from side to side.
You’re almost done; just now inspect the suspension system. Greasy shocks indicate a leak.
And finally, inspect the tires for pressure. If you are not sure what pressure they need, look inside the driver door jamb.
This type of inspection involves all of the steps from the previous inspection, but also includes some other points, such as wheel removal, brake system inspection, exhaust system examination.
Perform the steps from the previous inspection. After you’ve completed the quick inspection you will be waiting for oil drainage to finish.
In that time frame, you can begin your thorough inspection. Start by removing the wheels.
You should also remove the brake drums or calipers. If you’ve done that, the grease sliding points should be taken off too. Ensure the pins are in good condition.
After you’ve put everything back together, inspect the exhaust system. If the car has a manual transmission, check the fluid level. If the car has a rear-wheel drive, you need to check the differential fluid.
With your car lowered after those examinations, remove and examine the spark plugs.
New cars don’t need replacements until 100,000 miles but you should still check them, just in case. Enable some of the coolant testers to see if they’re in good condition. If you have an automatic transmission, pull the dipstick, and check the fluid.
And finally, fill the oil into the engine, start the car, and recheck the oil level to see if it’s leaking or burning too quickly. Give it a couple of revs for better results.
If you need to perform new car maintenance, the following is pretty much everything you need. Consider draining and flushing the cooling system.
Many car models need to have the automatic fluid and filter changed every 36,000 miles. If the pink fluid is brown, even sooner. Some cars can have the filter go much further.
With late models, the fluid never needs to be changed. Check your manual for more info.
Replace your drive belts and hoses. Even if there is no wear after 2 years, still change them. If it gets noisy, get it adjusted.
If your vehicle has a belt, stick to the recommended replacement period. It’s usually about 80,000 miles; check the manual to find out. Failure to change the belt can result in excessive engine repairs.
For regular driving, many carmakers recommend changing filter and engine oil every 6 months. This is sufficient for most drivers. For severe drivers with many cold starts, dusty conditions, short trips, trailer towing, the change should be at least every 3 months.
Special engines, such as turbocharged or diesel, need even more frequent changes. On front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive, examine the CV boots on the drive axles.
Immediately change them if they cracked, cut, or leaking. If dirt contaminates the joint, it can lead to expensive repairs.
Lemon Law Attorneys
If you had to fix anything for any reason, or you have noted that the car does not meet it’s expected standards of quality, you can make use of lemon law attorneys who will assist you in finding compensation.
Lemon laws don’t apply to all circumstances. In general, the problems must occur under a warrant.
It does not have to be a new car warranty either. It can be a limited warranty with a used car. You can learn more here.
So what is the lemon law? Well, the law requires that:
- The manufacturer tried to repair the same problem several reasonable times without success
- You had many problems with the same vehicle that constitutes its uselessness
- You attempted to fix the issues that happened within the first years of ownership
- You’ve not been able to use the car because of repairs for at least a month (doesn’t have to be consecutive)
Keep this in mind: you should only take the car to the dealership for repair. If you want to get results under the lemon law, you cannot take it to another mechanic.
Keep records of all repairs. If the case goes to court, you will have to show the manufacturer had many chances to fix the issue.
Car manufacturers have many lawyers who know how to deal with lemon law. Having your own lemon law attorneys will help you bring peace of mind and better results. If you win the case, the defendant will be responsible for lawyer costs as well.
Car Safety & Quality
Now that you know how to inspect your vehicle, and how to employ lemon law attorneys if your inspection is underwhelming, you are well on your way to ensure your car safety and quality.
In any case, it’s your car and your choice. If the problems don’t render your car useless, get compensated for repairs, and keep driving. But if you can’t even make use of the car, it’s time for legal action.
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