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Lemon of the Week (September 28th, 2022)

Another week, another Lemon! Lemon Squad takes to Instagram each week to get input from our followers. 

How the Lemon of the Week Works

On Wednesdays, we post a poll to our Instagram account that includes an image of two cars and some brief bullet points on the vehicle’s condition. Followers then can vote for the car they view as the bigger Lemon. The following week, we released a blog (like this) to provide readers with insight into an inspection report and what it can reveal about a used vehicle. So if you missed the poll last week, get involved by following us on Instagram. For other information or to stay up to date with what is new and exciting with Lemon Squad, check out our Twitter and Facebook!

The Winner

This week, the winning Lemon (or the car in the worst shape) was the 2009 Isuzu NPR. At the time of inspection, this vehicle was just short of 160,000 miles, making general wear and tear based on the age and mileage to be expected. We’ll dive into the interior, exterior, and road test results as part of our standard Commercial Vehicle Inspections procedure.

One of our unique features is choosing an inspection tailored to the type of vehicle you are looking to buy. When you select the specific inspection for the vehicle type, we match you up with an inspector who specializes in that category of inspection and vehicle. This provides a trained eye that is qualified to evaluate the car at an elevated professional level

2009 Isuzu NPR

 

The Interior Inspection

In general, the interior inspection revealed an overall fine condition for a commercial vehicle. However, in the thorough walkthrough, we also found a few noteworthy things. All the seats were in good condition except for the center back seat, which had some damage. The left door’s physical key did not work in the lock at the time of the inspection. The dashboard of the vehicle was missing the center cover. The glove box lid would not stay closed. The right sun visor clip was missing. 

The biggest thing the interior inspection revealed was rust under the left front floor mat. Our inspection noted that the cab had a lot of black undercoating, so that the floors may have additional unexposed rust. We covered how rust can be very hazardous in a vehicle in our previous Lemon of the Week blog. 

The Exterior Walkthrough

The vehicle’s exterior was in much worse condition than the interior. The windshield washers did not work at the time of inspection. The paint was in bad shape as the logo removal had taken off some finish on both sides of the box. 

Beyond that, the vehicle’s paint showed wear and tear consistent with the age and mileage. The left headlight lens was cracked, and the rear lenses of the exterior lights needed cleaning and possible polishing. The left mirror is disconnected and is missing a lower panel. A significant dent was apparent in the left side rear of the bumper. The front bumper was also cracked on the right side. There were additional dents and scratches throughout the exterior of the vehicle. 

The apparent rust on the vehicle’s interior was much more prevalent on the exterior. Lots of frame rust and overspray were found under the cab. In addition, both of the rear doors had rusted through on the inner panels. 

The Mechanical Inspection

The vehicle’s mechanics were also inspected, showing a bit more wear. The radiator reservoir cap was missing. The belts within the engine showed some varnish. The seller informed the inspector that the catalyst was stolen. Finally, the lighting within the box was hanging down below where it should have been. 

The Test Drive

Why a test drive? A drive test provides the inspector with a deeper look into the vehicle’s performance and can often allude to other problems that may have been previously masked.

So far, the drive test showed that the engine and all other components ran well at the time of inspection. The only issue at the time of inspection was that the whole box was loaded during the drive. 

Overall, the inspection report provided information unavailable through the seller’s advertisements. This is the most significant advantage of a pre-purchase used car inspection. By hiring an inspector, you can get an unbiased, third-party opinion of the condition and performance of your potential purchase. This information proves invaluable in making an intelligent and educated choice and providing insight for negotiations. 

So don’t buy a lemon – use Lemon Squad. 

Lemon of the Week (September 14th, 2022)

The most recent Lemon Of The Week is here, and it is, drum roll please: Car #1: the 2011 MINI Cooper Clubman

Each week, we take a poll from our followers on the Lemon Squad Instagram page. 

Followers are provided one image and brief information about two cars that Lemon Squad has previously inspected. They then have the chance to vote on which vehicle they think is the “Biggest Lemon” (the car in the worst shape of the two). 

The following week, we will release a blog (like this) so that you can get a bit more information about the car’s condition and why a pre-purchase inspection is so important. So if you missed out last week, get involved in the next poll. 

We post a new survey every Wednesday on our Instagram story! Stay connected with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

In the deep dive into this inspection, we will look at the vehicle’s exterior, interior, and performance. In every Lemon Squad inspection, customers get a thorough report of the condition of the car aesthetically, as well as the condition of the mechanic components and performance. So let’s get into the report!

Interior

The interior of the vehicle was overall in good shape. 

The only significant wear beyond what is normal was the left front seat. The cover was worn with an apparent tear on the bottom of this seat. The other parts within the interior only showed general wear that is expected for the age and mileage of the vehicle. All electrical components within the interior were fully functional at the time of inspection. 

Exterior

The exterior of the car was in worse condition than the interior. 

Excessive scratching was apparent around the whole body of the vehicle. Both rear tailgate panels had large dents from impact assumed to be caused by a collision. The bulb malfunction light was on. The door mirrors showed miscellaneous scratches. The windshield had many rock chips. 

Rock chips not only pose a threat not only to the aesthetics of the vehicle, but to the safety of the driver as they weaken the windshield overall, making further damage and injury more probable. In this weakened state, rock chips can spread like spiderwebs, impairing your ability to see and drive safely. You even run the risk of the windshield fully shattering from debris from the road or high winds. 

For this reason, it is absolutely necessary to get rock chips repaired or, depending on the severity, the entire windshield replaced. 

Minor surface rust was found on the underside, and as mentioned in a previous Lemon Of The Week, rust can be a big concern. The engine was seeping oil from the underside, although no drips were apparent during the inspection. It is recommended that this area of the vehicle be cleaned off and checked to verify the source and severity of the leaks. 

Test Drive

Finally, the driving test revealed the most significant issue with the vehicle. 

During the drive test, the inspector noted that they could hear what sounded like a squealing and growling noise, which is most likely due to an issue with the wheel bearings. It resonated throughout the car during the whole test drive, making it clear that a complete diagnosis is needed to gauge the severity and cause of the noise. 

In addition to this apparent noise, the inspector noticed a slight pulsation from the brake pedal when coming to a stop. 

Warped rotors put your car at the risk of a total brake system failure. Yes – it is as bad as it sounds! This type of failure can result in delayed stopping, or even the inability to stop, putting you and others around you at risk. This issue can be instigated when a vehicle has warped rotors, so it is highly encouraged to avoid all driving and immediately contact a mechanic. 

By using Lemon Squad to complete a Standard Pre-Purchase Inspection, this buyer got an honest condition on the quality and performance of this vehicle. Misrepresentation runs rampant in the used car industry, so verifying an automobile before purchase is vital. 

Pre-purchase inspections also provide more negotiation power to the purchasing party. With more insight and an honest third-party opinion, buyers can get a deal that reflects the vehicle and its quality. 

So, if you are thinking about buying a car, get started booking an inspection with Lemon Squad today! 

Lemon of the Week (September 7th, 2022)

Another poll has led to another Lemon of the week, the winner being car number 2… the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

Each week, Lemon Squad takes a poll with our Instagram followers to pick which of two lemons that our inspectors have previously inspected is the biggest Lemon. With a few highlights of the issues we found and a photo, followers can vote for the car they think is the bigger Lemon. 

The following week, we released a blog (just like this) to dive deeper into the inspections and what exactly makes this car a lemon. 

These polls are weekly, so if you missed the last one, get involved in the next one! We publish the poll on our Instagram story each Wednesday, and users have 24 hours to place their votes. 

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

A deeper dive into this inspection amplifies a pre-purchase inspection’s importance. So now, let’s get into what was revealed during the inspection: 

The inspection started with a dead battery and the inspector could not verify the mileage. This was not a great first impression!

Since the battery was dead, the inspector could not conduct a road test. 

A road test is standard for nearly all Lemon Squad’s inspections as it often reveals any possible hidden issues in the car’s performance and condition. Without the road test, there is still uncertainty about the car’s ability to drive well or whether it drives at all. 

The vehicle’s interior, specifically the electrical components, was difficult to inspect because of the dead battery. Beyond that, there was an odor within the vehicle that alluded to a water leak. Unfortunately, the source of the leak was not revealed during the inspection, so a further diagnostic is necessary. 

The vehicle’s exterior was in decent condition based on the year and mileage of the car. 

Minor miscellaneous scratches were found around the vehicle and other minor imperfections may have been covered by dust, as the car was filthy at the inspection time. The underside of the vehicle showed signs of rust, which as mentioned in our previous Lemon Of The Week Blog, can cause major issues.

As for the mechanic part of the inspection, there are a few issues with this car that will need to be addressed if the customer were to purchase it. 

The engine coolant needs to be replaced, and the whole system should be flushed. The engine oil should be changed as it was very dirty. Active oil leaks were apparent within the engine. The brake fluid was old and dirty, requiring flushing and replacement. The rotors have a ring of rust around them, and the brake pads had less than 50% remaining. 

The key takeaway from this inspection should be the value of a pre-purchase inspection. In the used car world, false advertising runs rampant. 

For individuals unable to view the vehicle in person before purchase, claims of the car’s capabilities cannot be tested. With mobile pre-purchase inspections, everyone can get an unbiased third opinion of the quality and performance of a vehicle before it’s too late. 

Purchasing a vehicle without viewing it in person is like playing Russian Roulette with your wallet. 

Sometimes you are safe and the money you spend on the used car is money well spent. But sometimes you will waste thousands of dollars on a car that needs further costly repairs and is unreliable. 

You might even fall victim to a scam and purchase a vehicle that doesn’t even exist!

Rather than buying a car and experiencing the stress of false advertisement, Lemon Squad sends trained professionals to inspect a vehicle honestly. They can also arm you with the information you need to negotiate a better price. 

So get started by booking an inspection today, and avoid buying a Lemon!

Lemon of the Week (August 31st, 2022)

After a very close vote, the Lemon of the week is finally here, the winner being car number 1 – the 2010 GMC Terrain. 

What Is ‘Lemon Of The Week’?

Each week Lemon Squad takes a poll from our Instagram followers to determine the Lemon of the Week. 

Users are provided the choice between two vehicles previously inspected by one of our many inspectors. We will note just a couple of the issues found during the inspection service, but keep in mind that we call these cars “Lemons” for a reason!

After the results are accounted for, we will give all the juicy details about this vehicle, what the inspection revealed, and why it is essential to get a pre-purchase auto inspection when buying a used car. 

The Inspection

Let’s do a deep dive into the inspection, as this vehicle does not look too sour based on the photos alone. 

The vehicle’s interior showed a lot of wear and tear on the steering wheel and front seats. Beyond that, the interior showed expected wear for a used car. The radio had staticky sounds, and the antenna was missing, otherwise, most electrical components were fully functional. 

The exterior of the vehicle was in worse condition than the interior. 

The hood of the car was misaligned and the front bumper was not flush with the body of the car. Minor dings and scratches were apparent around the vehicle’s body and dents on the left and right fender and right quarter panel. In addition, rust was found on the doors, hood, tailgate, undercarriage, and right fender. 

If rust is noted in an inspection, you will want to consider whether that car is worth the money is is being listed at. As a general rule: Rust that is only skin deep, that’s a vehicle you can keep. 

If the rust spots are small, they are relatively inexpensive to repar. Therefore, minor or cosmetic rust might not be a deal breaker. However, if the rust affects more components of the car like the frame, you might want to be a little more weary.

The reason why rust is so bad for your car is because it makes the iron components very brittle. If a car with excessive rust were to be involved in an accident, it may seriously compromise the safety features of your vehicle. 

Finally, the driving test revealed even more issues with the vehicle!

The engine coolant reservoir was overfilled. The belts of the vehicle were harshly worn. The engine had multiple oil leaks. The transmission showed fluid leaks. The transfer case leaked. There was an apparent exhaust leak near the front end of the vehicle. The car’s shocks, ball joints, and tie rods showed severe wear and tear. The engine of the vehicle, when driven, had a rough idle. The transmission made a whining noise when the car was accelerating. The suspension performance left much to be desired as the ride quality was poor, with many knocks and clunks. The alignment of the vehicle was off-center and jerky. The car’s system showed many lights, including the Tire Pressure System, a warning message, and codes stored. 

Phew – that’s a lot!

Many cosmetic issues were minor for this specific vehicle, yet the car was in worse shape than advertised. Without the road test, this potential buyer could have fallen victim to a Lemon. The road test is an essential part of Lemon Squad’s Standard Inspection

The Standard Inspection is designed for cars less than 20 years old. By choosing the proper inspection for the vehicle, you have access to highly trained inspectors specializing in the issues and warning signs for that vehicle’s classification. Lemon Squad matches inspectors to the right job to guarantee you get a qualified, uninvolved third-party opinion on the vehicle’s quality and condition. 

Why is a Pre-Purchase Inspection Necessary?

A pre-purchase inspection offers many benefits to potential buyers. If you cannot see a car in person before purchasing, a pre-purchase inspection decreases your risk of scams or false advertising. It also lets you learn more about the vehicle, its performance, and its condition. It also allows potential buyers to make an informed decision, increasing buyers’ bargaining power. 

For these reasons, pre-purchase auto inspections are a valuable tool for used car buyers. 

Lemon Squad makes it easier than ever to avoid buying a lemon. With inspectors available in every zip code within the United States, you can get an honest opinion on any car you are looking to buy. 

So get started today and book an inspection with Lemon Squad! 

Lemon Of The Week

The winner of last week’s poll is… car number 2, the 1966 Cadillac Eldorado. 

Each week, Lemon Squad is taking a poll from their Instagram story, giving followers a choice between two cars we have previously completed inspections on. Once users have taken their vote, we tally up the results to reveal which car has been dubbed the “biggest lemon” Then we dive a little deeper into the winning Lemon’s inspection report and reveal all the juicy details! 

This week, the biggest lemon is this 1966 Cadillac Eldorado. At first glance, the car looks to be in beautiful shape. Based on the images, this vintage car looks like a rare find in exceptional condition. However, thanks to the mobile pre-purchase inspection that the potential buyer requested, some dark secrets about this vehicle were revealed.

The inspector was unable to locate a VIN plate on the vehicle. The VIN allows individuals a deeper look into the car’s history and is an identifier for that specific car, similar to a fingerprint, as no VIN is the same. 

As the inspector began to delve into the vehicle’s actual condition, many more red flags were raised. The exterior of the vehicle, although seemingly perfect within the images of the car, had quite a few issues. The windshield wiper blades and windshield washer did not operate, and there were apparent chips on the glass of the windshield. The exterior lights of the vehicle were inoperable. The hood and trunks of the car were misaligned. Scratches were found on the vehicle’s trunk, right panel, and right fender. The paint was chipped on the hood and right fender, and fish eyes and paint bubbles were apparent on the rear. The seals on the rear windows showed dry rot. Rust was evident on the vehicle’s undercarriage, and the frame appeared to have been repaired. The inspector noted an oil leak at the front of the engine and intake manifold; however, the severity of the leak was undetermined. Finally, the engine coolant reservoir was empty. These issues only reveal what was discovered on the vehicle’s exterior, and the interior issues were comparable. 

The interior components showed wear beyond the years. It is important to remember that older cars will often have general wear and tear to an extent. If a car is properly maintained even after 50+ years, the car can be competitively priced as a collector vehicle. This 1966 Cadillac Eldorado however was a little worse than expected. 

Within the interior, the steering wheel was cracked and showed overall wear. There was a very apparent hole in the front left footwell carpet. The cruise control was none operational at the time of inspection. The trim of the right front seat was loose, with wires sticking out from the underside of the seat. The clocks within the vehicle were non-operational. The radio did show signs of power; however, it was only capable of playing static, and the antenna showed no sign of power. The vehicle’s power locks did not have power (no pun intended) nor the driver’s door master switch for the right rear window. The fuel gauge and temperature gauge were also inoperable. The center console of the vehicle was loose, and the air conditioning could not get cold. 

Finally, the road test revealed operational issues within the vehicle. A road test is standard practice for a classic inspection performed by Lemon Squad. A classic inspection is intended for any car that is over 20 years old. The advantage of a classic inspection on a vintage vehicle is the thorough, organized and informed perspective of the inspector. Inspectors are selected for certain jobs based on their specialty and experience, meaning that they know the common issues and warning signs for specific vehicle classifications. When driving, the inspector found that the car’s steering had play, and the vehicle’s front end wandered. Upon braking, it was discovered that the car pulled. A car that pulls when braking can often indicate a failing brake caliper. 

Why is a Pre-Purchase Auto Inspection Important? 

Based on the photos of this car, many, if not all, of these cosmetic and internal problems, could have gone undetected until post-purchase. Not being able to see a vehicle in person poses a unique threat to buyers – the threat of buying a lemon. 

Flashy, well lit images can disguise many faults in a vehicle. This buyer could make an informed decision based on the findings by taking advantage of Lemon Squad’s mobile pre-purchase inspectors. With the inspection report, this potential buyer could weigh not only the cost of the vehicle but also the costs that would be incurred fixing the vehicle into an operable state. 

Beware of Water and Flood Damaged Vehicles

 

 

Something that can be frustrating for both buyers and inspectors is a vehicle with flood or water damage.

There a many unknowns when you start inspecting a car and you notice heavy moisture in places that aren’t common or normal.

How long was the vehicle wet? How submerged was it? What kind of water? Fresh water or salt water? Salt water can be especially damaging.

The reason these questions are so important, is because not only can you get heavy rust issues, you can also start seeing problems with things like the electrical system, engine, transmission and cooling system.

Unless some big effort has been put in on repairs, you can definitely expect problems in the future.

Also, any time a car has been subjected to heavy moisture or flooding, this vehicle very much deserves to be sold well below market value. It would be completely foolish and unfair to put an abundance of money into a possible flood damaged vehicle.

Unfortunately, Thousands of damaged & destroyed cars due to water damage or flood don’t end up junked, but rather quietly and secretly resold to an unsuspecting buyer that later gets to flip the bill on some major repairs.

In this ‘05 Mustang GT you see below, there were many signs of water damage and flooding.

There is rust formation on the lower interior hardware including seat tracks, as well as dirt inside the glove box.

The underside and interior of this vehicle shows signs of major rust and some in areas that are not common.

The cooling system is not building pressure properly and both the floors and the seat belts are damp.

Another major red flag for this vehicle is that upon hooking the computer up, the monitors were incomplete. 

This is a sign that the computer has been reset. The inspector could see no current or pending codes and all history has been erased.

All of the issues mentioned here above were not disclosed by the seller and he had every intention of selling this damaged car just the way it is, at a high price, to an innocent and unsuspecting buyer. Thankfully, the party interested in buying this car was smart enough to have a thorough inspection done by a professional. As a result, the headache of buying a damaged vehicle was avoided, the costly and extensive repairs that would have come with the purchase were averted, and his down payment was canceled. ALWAYS get a Used Vehicle INSPECTED!

Beware of FAKE Lemon Squad reports

Hello current and future customers! It has come to our attention that some sellers are providing their potential buyers with a Lemon Squad report that has been forged. In other words, we never looked at the seller’s vehicle, but they have a “report” saying we did. If your seller is using a Lemon Squad report to help them sell their vehicle, call us first to check and make sure the report is valid. We can search for the VIN in our database and let you know if it was something we actually inspected.

Sometimes we don’t even need to look at a vehicle to save you from a professional scammer.

Take care!

Steps to Take If You’re Buying a Used Vehicle from Another State

There are times when buying a car is as simple as going across town. Other times, it means going a longer distance to find the vehicle you really want. If you’re buying a used car from another state, make sure you’re a diligent customer to avoid ending up with a lemon.

Get It Inspected

Whenever you buy a used car, whether outside or within your hometown, it’s important to have it inspected by a professional automotive technician. You can expect a thorough inspection of the car to see if there are mechanical issues or maintenance problems. The technician will also assess if the car is roadworthy and safe to drive. Hiring a professional technician for a used auto inspection means you can get an unbiased and complete report on the car to help you decide if it’s a good buy.

Fulfill the State Requirements

When it comes to vehicle requirements, it’s important to note that each state has its own rules. As a buyer, it’s your responsibility to ensure you comply with them. However, there are some general guidelines that apply to almost all states.

First, the car needs to be certified that it passed a smog and emissions test. There may be times when a car has certification that isn’t valid or accepted in another state. In cases like this, the car needs to be tested again.

A safety inspection is another requirement to be aware of. Some states have a biennial or annual inspection program, while others only require the inspection upon transfer of ownership. Since there are some variations, check your local motor vehicle agency for specific instructions on inspections.

The title and registration need special attention for used cars. Usually, the dealer handles the paperwork. However, if you’re buying a used car from a private seller, you’ll have to do the title transfer and registration yourself. People who purchase vehicles outside of their state may need to coordinate between their state’s motor vehicle agency and the agency where the car was originally located.

Pay the Right Amount of Taxes

The general rule with sales taxes is that you pay the tax where the car will be registered, which in this case would be your own home state. If you fail to pay the sales tax, you cannot register the vehicle.

Make Sure You Have Adequate Car Insurance

Consult with your insurance agent before you buy a car out of state. Almost all states require car insurance before you can legally drive the car. It’s also important to consider that as soon as you have the car, it will need to go through a long drive to get to your home state. Having the proper car insurance is, therefore, particularly important for people who buy a used car out of state.

Contact Lemon Squad today if you’re considering purchasing an out-of-state vehicle and would like a pre-purchase car inspection. We can send one of our highly trained technicians out to inspect the car and let you know if it’s a good option to purchase. Call 888-231-7965 today to schedule an inspection.

7 Issues Used Auto Dealers Attempt to Hide from Buyers

A lot of people don’t trust used car dealerships because some of them try to hide problems from potential buyers. You should always be cautious when purchasing a used vehicle and be careful of who you purchase from. Before you go to a used car dealership, look for reviews on the internet about their business. Here are a few of the top things used car dealers sometimes attempt to hide from potential buyers.

1. Engine Problems

Engine issues can be problematic for a variety of reasons. Used car dealerships may try to hide problems with the engine because they know they’re expensive to fix and they don’t want to lose money.

2. The Title

One of the worst things that can happen is purchasing a vehicle only to find out there’s something wrong with the title. Always make sure the vehicle you’re buying has a clean title before you sign any papers. You can usually find this information by checking the vehicle’s history report.

3. High Mileage

A lot of buyers won’t purchase a vehicle that has high mileage because they think the vehicle might have poor performance. Some used car dealers try to hide this information by omitting the exact mileage from the car’s fact sheet. Don’t trust what’s on the fact sheet. Check the mileage yourself.

4. Car History

Used car dealers aren’t legally obligated to tell you every detail about the vehicle’s history, but it’s illegal for them to lie to you. Still, some of them do it. Always look up the history of the vehicle you’re thinking about purchasing before you make your decision.

5. Defects

If the used vehicle you’re interested in has any defects, the dealer might park the vehicle in a position that makes it difficult for you to see defects. Make sure you walk around the entire vehicle and perform a thorough inspection. If you’re concerned about any defects you find, make sure to order a professional car inspection.

6. Interior Damage

Some used car dealers may try to hide interior damage by distracting you. The dealer might sit in the vehicle quickly when taking it for a drive or try to take your attention away from a certain area inside the car. Make sure to perform a thorough inspection of the car’s interior to check for damages.

7. The Vehicle’s Value

Many used car dealerships try to raise the purchase price of the vehicle they’re selling to much more than it’s worth. If you’re interested in a vehicle, check its true value before you negotiate a price.

Don’t buy a vehicle when you’re busy and in a hurry, as it makes you vulnerable to getting ripped off. Be suspicious of any used car dealership that tries to pressure you into making a purchase. Dealers use this tactic because they know it often works.

Don’t take the word of a used car dealer at face value. Get a pre-purchase auto inspection to determine if the car you’re interested in is worth your time and money. Call Lemon Squad today at 888-231-7965 to schedule an appointment with one of our reliable technicians.

Purchasing a Used Vehicle from a Private Seller vs. a Dealer

Buying a used car can be a great way to get affordable transportation. However, you need to make sure you can verify the vehicle’s condition and that whoever sells it has the legal right to do so. Here are some of the differences between acquiring a vehicle from a dealer as opposed to buying from a private seller.

Dealers Are Generally More Transparent About a Vehicle’s Condition

Dealers typically offer a used car history report with every vehicle they sell. The report will tell you if your preferred vehicle has been in an accident, has experienced frame damage, or has a salvaged title. Furthermore, a dealer will usually inspect and recondition a car before putting it on the lot. Therefore, you can safely assume it’s in good running condition. However, it’s still a good idea to have an auto inspection performed by a professional technician.

Dealers Typically Offer More Flexible Financing Options

Another potential benefit of buying a car from a dealership is that the dealer may offer financing. A dealer may also partner with local, regional, and national banks to offer loans to customers. Obtaining a loan allows you to purchase the vehicle today and make payments over time. Even if you have the money to pay for a vehicle right now, it can be advantageous to keep your money in the bank or in an investment account. It’s important to point out that banks will make loans to those looking to buy from private sellers as well.

Private Parties Offer Greater Selection

Most dealers only offer late-model vehicles for sale. In some cases, they limit their selection to cars made by a certain manufacturer or group of manufacturers. When you choose to buy from a private party, you can look for the exact car you want regardless of how old it is or what the make is. If you only have a few hundred or a few thousand dollars to spend on a vehicle, it may be more convenient to buy from a private seller instead of a dealer.

Private Sellers May Be Willing to Negotiate

When you go to a dealer, the salesperson may have limited leeway to lower the sticker price on your preferred vehicle because the dealership has to make a sufficient profit on each car it sells. A private party may be willing to negotiate because his or her top priority is to unload the vehicle for a reasonable amount even if it’s below the asking price. Private party sellers may also be willing to pay for a pre-purchase car inspection or a vehicle history report to make you feel more confident about the transaction.

If you’re considering buying a used vehicle, whether from a dealer or a private party, contact Lemon Squad to inspect it before you make your decision. Call 1-888-231-7965 to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians.