Lemon laws help protect you against dealers who sell bad cars.

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Addressing Problems After a Car Purchase

Once you've made your decision (and your purchase), you need to know what to do if you have any problems with your new car. Most new cars come with some kind of warranty. You'll be given the opportunity to purchase an extended warranty. Make sure you read the fine print. You may find that the extended warranty isn't worth the price. If you purchase a used car, it may still be under the manufacturer warranty, or you will have the option of purchasing an extended warranty. Whatever kind of warranty you end up with, know what is covered and what isn't. For instance, damage to the body of the car may be fixed free of charge under the warranty, but an automatic window that won't go up or down may not.

If you feel that you have been sold a "lemon" or a bad car, you do have recourse. All states have "lemon laws" that pertain to new car purchases. These laws allow you to take action against a dealer for selling you a bad car. If you feel you have been cheated, find out what you can do about it. Visit this Web site, the Better Business Bureau Law Program.

When you are going to be making a large purchase, don't leave anything to chance. The only way to improve your odds of getting the best deal possible is to know before you go. If you know what kind of car you want, what to expect to pay for it and what your rights are, you should have a positive car buying experience. So, do your homework and get ready to have fun on the open road!

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