Btw I take your DCT example of “unfixable.” In my defense I was sitting in the jury pool at the 16th Circuit and couldn’t listen until now.
Sound advice by and large, though I was lucky enough to help my fiance take advantage of an exception to the rule not long ago. His ‘13 FR-S was originally lemon’d for the well-known fuel pump noise (in CA, FWIW). I have yet to encounter a Toyobaru that didn’t make the noise or any evidence that it’s a legitimate…
Calling them a “lemon” is too nice and leads to these problems. If everyone had to refer to these cars like their prior owners did — a #$%*@$^% POS — no one would ever say, “Hmm, should I buy this #$%*@$^% POS?”
I think some people try this thinking they’ll get one that was bought back because the dealer simply couldn’t figure out how to fix it (like your old example of the car which got 5 long blocks before they found the contamination causing the failures.) problem is you have no way of knowing what you’re actually getting…
My podcasts lately have been inspired by phone calls and emails I get at work. And lately, I’ve had more than one person ask me about buying a used “lemon” on purpose. That is, intentionally buying a car that had been bought back by the manufacturer because it was catastrophically defective. Can you guess where I’m…
Thanks Steve. I called the dealer and they were not helpful other than re-stating what was on the description. So, I decided to pass on this vehicle and keep searching. I really appreciate your response and your article describing Manufacturer Buybacks and the potential pitfalls.
I lived in Germany for 7 years. A couple of years ago a friend had a modified AMG E63. We hit 340 kmh (about 210mph), he let me drive and I was able to hit 310 (about 192 mph) Computer problems were activating the rev limiter about 800 rpm before red line. I was very disappointed I didn’t get to hit 200mph.
Hello Steve. I found a BMW X6 xDrive 50i with 48K miles on it for a good price. On the description, it shows: *** PREVIOUS MANUFACTURER BUYBACK / VEHICLE LOCKS BY ITSELF WITH KEYS INSIDE ( REPAIRED ) *** When I called the dealer, they were up-front about it and told me it was a Manufacturer Buyback, which I had not…
It’s an underserved area of legal practice.
For a second there i thought it’s an epsiode on the legalities of someone’s cat leaving footprints on your car
Timely post for me, Steve, since I’m in the process of buying my first ever used car. I had one Jag XK that looked really promising and made an appointment with the Ford dealer to see it. Go there, and it wouldn’t start. The manager says they’ll take it to the Jaguar dealer mechanic and have that fixed and bring it…
...watching today’s episode of Lehto’s Law.
Well played, Steve. Well played, indeed!
Rule #1. Never buy a one-off 48 year old experimental steam car. Especially when it’s really a disguised still.
Nobody does. It’s America’s dirty little secret.
Today I learned Steve and I have something in common.
Rule #1: Listen to Steve Lehto’s podcast?
Well, it’s come to this: I’m doing the list of rules used car buyers need to follow to not get ripped off. At least once a day I hear from someone who got ripped off by not following one of these.
That sounds terrifying. My 01 Civic shakes like my dog does for a treat just trying to make a routine pass.