When it comes to buying a used or second hand car, it is always “buyer beware.” You never really know until you take a vehicle home if you’ve bought a solid and reliable car or if you’ve got a lemon on your hands. That said, there are some telltale signs you can look for that will let you know that the car you’re considering might not be worth the risk. It is possible to spot a lemon before you shell out your hard earned cash, provided that you know the signs. Here to help are 10 warning signs you should look for to tell you whether the car you want to buy is a lemon.
10. Uneven Tire Tread
Tires on a car tell a story. If a car has been properly maintained, then the tires should have been rotated regularly or all season tires should have been swapped out for winter tires. These events should have ensured that the tread on the tires wore evenly. If the tread wear on the tires is uneven, or worse on certain tires than others, it likely indicates that the tires were never rotated or changed with the advent of winter or arrival of spring. This should be a sign that the car was not properly cared for. Worse case scenario, uneven tire wear could indicate that the car needs an expensive front end alignment job. Either way, uneven tire tread is never a good sign on a car regardless of its age. If you see uneven tire wear, your Spidey sense should start tingling and you should start asking a lot of questions.