It certainly is not always the case, but more than half of the time, lemon cars will begin displaying signs of trouble the first month, according to a survey by YourMechanic.com, a website focused on car repairs headquartered in Mountain View, California.
Here’s the actual breakdown of their findings on when problems popped up:
- 68 percent of lemon cars started to show signs and symptoms within one month of purchase.
- 36 percent of car owners noticed symptoms within one week.
- 32 percent of car owners noticed symptoms within one month.
- 20 percent of car owners noticed symptoms within six months.
- 12 percent of car owners reported symptoms up to or after one year of purchase.
Also among their findings was information about where the cars were purchased:
- 65 percent of lemon cars came from a dealership.
- 44 percent of respondents purchased from a used car dealership.
- 35 percent of respondents purchased directly through a private owner.
- 21 percent of respondents purchased from a new car dealership.
Remember that the key to being successful in lemon law cases is to accurately document all of the problems of the car: each time the occurred, and the result (with paperwork) of each trip to the dealer or mechanic to fix it.
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