Monday, 05 February 2007 18:00

How To Avoid Buying A Lemon Car

A "lemon" vehicle defined as a mode of transportation that will cost you a great deal of money in repairs in a short period of time.  Many states have Lemon Laws to protect buyers from defective and dangerous automobiles.  A vehicle that has had the same repair done four times under warranty is considered a lemon and the buyer should contact a lawyer.

Lemon laws only protect buyers of new cars, however, there are many ways you can prevent yourself from getting stuck with a car that will put a hole in your pocketbook.

  • Take the car to a mechanic that you trust. It may sound simple, but I've seen too many cases of the People's Court where the Plantiff only test drove the car and decided it was good enough for them.
  • Run a CARFAX report. This will show if the vehicle has been in an accident, if the odometer has been turned back or if there have ever been any other damages.
  • Check the mileage.  An average vehicle is driven 12,000 miles a year.  If the car is 5 years old and has 100,000 miles on it compared to an average of 60,000, various parts may be ready to wear out and cost you money.
  • Take the car for a test drive.  Make sure to go on a highway and side streets so you can see how the car handles at high speeds and how it rides on bumpy roads.
  • Research the car online.  There are hundreds of sites that will tell you the normal quirks of almost every kind of car made.  If the car you want to buy is famous for oil leaks and bad shocks, have your mechanic check out both areas in depth.
Published in Misc Automotive
Sunday, 25 February 2007 22:29

How To Unfreeze Car Door Locks

   

 

Steps

 

  • Squirt a deicer into the door locks.  Make sure to insert the nozzle in far enough to move the protected metal flap
  • Soak a towel in hot water and hold it on the door lock for a few minutes.  As soon as the towel gets cold repeat until the ice has melted
  • Tap around the door lock with the plastic end of a key, this will break up the ice if it is built up over the lock (be careful not to scratch your car)
  • Try to get in another door, that lock may not have frozen
  • Warm your key up with a lighter or a match, the heat should be enough to melt the ice
  • Use a blow-dryer to warm up the locks
  • If your car has back seats that fold down, you may be able to open your trunk and fold the seats down, then simply crawl to the drivers seat
  • Pour warm water into an empty container and pour the warm water onto the door lock, this will let you get into your car this time, but that water will freeze again if the car is left outside in freezing temperatures.  Have an alternative plan if you use this technique.


Hints

 

Always keep your deicer or lighter in your coat pocket.  Some people leave them in their car thinking that they will have it the next time they need it.  It can't help you very much when you cant get in your car to get it. 

 

Published in Misc Automotive