How do I know if I have a Lemon?

It is clear that no one wants to purchase or lease a lemon but unfortunately this happens to millions of people. Thankfully, there are some early warning signs that can alert you that your vehicle may be a lemon. It is important that you identify these problems as early as you can because driving a lemon can be dangerous. Many of these problems can substantially affect your vehicle’s use, value, and safety.

Here are a few signs that you may have purchased or leased a lemon.

Steering Problems :

  • Steering wheel is shaking or there is “play” in the steering wheel.
  • Vehicle drifts to one side and you often need to correct the direction.
  • Cracking noises when doing a “U-turn” at low speeds.

When you begin to drive your vehicle, pay attention to steering problems because they will be indicators that your vehicle’s steering may be defective, damaged, or worn-out. Steering problems can be extremely dangerous at high speeds. It is important that you take your vehicle to an authorized service facility if you are experiencing any of these problems.

Tire Problems:

  • Wearing unevenly such as wearing on the outside instead of the middle. 
  • Cracking or there are cuts in the sidewalls. 
  • Tires causing excessive road noise. 
  • Bulges or blisters in the tires. 
  • Tires causing excessive vibration. 

The vehicle’s tires can be an indicator that you purchased or leased a lemon. The tires are extremely important to your vehicle’s safety because all it takes is for just one tire to be defective to cause an extreme safety risk. Make sure you keep an eye on your tires.

tire problem in lemon car

Tail Pipe Smoke:

  • Black smoke coming out of the tail pipe can mean that your vehicle is burning too much fuel.
  • Blue or gray smoke can mean that oil is being burned in the engine.
  • Thick white smoke can mean that your engine is burning coolant and can lead to overheating.

If your vehicle is releasing anything other than thin white vapor, you may have a lemon. If any of these problems are occurring on your vehicle early on, they will only get worst. These problems don’t just go away. If you experience any of these, make sure you immediately take your vehicle to an authorized service facility.

Engine Problems:

  • Check engine light illuminated
  • Excessive oil consumption or leaks.
  • Whining, rattling, or ticking noises.
  • Loss of power, stalling, or rough running.

If you are having any issues with your engine as soon as you purchased or leased your vehicle, it may be a sign that your vehicle is a lemon. The engine is the heart of your vehicle. It is important that you do not have any issues with the engine because it will affect the entire vehicle.


  • Excessive recalls
  • Safety related recalls

Recalls are issued by the manufacturer when a certain model vehicle has factory defects. Before and after you purchase or lease your vehicle, you should check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website ( ) for applicable recalls on your vehicle to make sure that you don’t get a lemon.

Service facility did not repair the vehicle

If an authorized repair facility attempts to repair your vehicle two or more times for the same problem, within the warranty period, and the problem is not fixed, or if the authorized repair facility takes longer than 30 days, it is likely that your vehicle will qualify as a lemon.

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We have an excellent success record in representing consumers just like you! We are award winning attorneys, but that has not gotten to our heads. We are attorneys who care and give personalized attention to each and every client, our attorneys directly handle your claim.

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