People who are shopping for new vehicles deserve to trust that when they drive their new purchase off of a dealer’s lot, they will be safe and enjoy driving a vehicle that is free from safety or other mechanical issues. The desire to own a vehicle trouble-free for a while is a big reason why a consumer would buy a new car versus a used car. Unfortunately, there are times when these new vehicles are anything but trouble-free.
In the fourth quarter of 2019, Auto Wise evaluated a range of new vehicles and published its list of eight models that were deemed to be lemons. All eight of these vehicles are designed and produced by American automakers. The vehicle brands included in the list were Chevrolet, Ford, Jeep, Dodge and GMC. Vehicle makes spanned all styles from compact cars to sport utility vehicles to pickup trucks.
When identifying a vehicle as a lemon, it is important to remember that every state may have its own unique laws on the matter. That said, there are some general guidelines that people can use when assessing their vehicle to determine whether or not it might be a lemon.
According to Auto World News, the lemon designation only applies to new vehicles and not to used ones. Problems experienced with a vehicle must also present shortly after purchase. A vehicle that is five years old with 100,000 miles on it would not likely qualify to be classified as a lemon as problems with a car of that age and mileage may be expected and within the range of normal.