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Best Tips for How to Avoid Buying a Lemon Car

Friday, July 14th, 2017


We’ve all heard the phrase “buying a lemon” before, but what does it mean in the world of automobiles? A lemon car often refers to a new or used vehicle that has one or more manufacturing defects.

Purchasing a car with defects can leave a sour taste in your mouth if you aren’t smart. While buying a car from a reputable dealership is the best way to avoid manufacturing defects, when purchasing a used or pre-owned car, it’s important to know what to look for and how to avoid buying a lemon.

Avoiding Lemon Cars: A Checklist

When looking at used cars, it can often be difficult to spot manufacturing defects that the previous owner either wasn’t able to or wasn’t willing to investigate. This quick checklist will help you find many of the most common issues used cars may have and help you leave the lemon behind for something sweeter.

  1. Shop for late-model used cars that have a lower mileage. Many manufacturer warranties are still good on used cars under 100,000 miles (some longer than that).
  2. Educate yourself on the model of the vehicle by doing a little research. Websites like Edmunds and Consumer Reports will rate the quality of used vehicles and list common problems to look for. Compare your car’s profile with others to see if there’s something with a better track record.
  3. Check the exterior of the car for dents, scrapes, scratches, and parts that look out-of-place. Mismatched paint can be a sign that the car has undergone some heavy-duty body work. This could also signal larger issues like misalignment, bad tires, and leaks. Be sure to inspect the tires and tailpipe.
  4. Check the interior of the car for damage to the upholstery, dashboard, and missing parts. If the seatbelt shows heavy signs of wear, there may have been a history of collision. Also look for signs of water and smoke damage, which could impair electrical functioning.
  5. Check the handling of the steering wheel to address alignment and response issues.
  6. Check under the hood to see if there are any leaks, worn hoses, loose wires, or cracks in the engine. Does the battery need to be replaced? Everything under the hood counts when you’re testing the performance of a vehicle.
  7. Check for history reports from CarFax or AutoCheck. They should list every service, accident report, or odometer falsehoods among other damages.
  8. Test-drive the vehicle yourself so you can get a feel for issues like pulling, listen for unusual sounds, and check to see if you’re comfortable driving the car in the first place.
  9. Get the car inspected before you buy it. Don’t rely on the seller’s mechanic. You should be able to pick and choose the mechanic you want to inspect the car before purchase. Any seller that doesn’t allow you to do this should throw up a huge red flag.

Get a Sweet Deal on a Used Car with TLC Motors

When you need honest service, and a friendly, customer-centered dealership to help guide you to a great used car, then look no further than Better Business Bureau accredited TLC Motors in Moore, South Carolina. Schedule a test-drive today and avoid buying a lemon. Call (864) 595-0777.


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Take Your Used Car to These Five Places in and Around Moore, SC

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017


How do you spell “freedom?” C-A-R. The best thing about buying a used car is having the ability to go where you want, when you want. Below are five places where you should take your used car this summer in and around Moore, SC.

Roebuck Family Skate Center

Located on Old Georgia Road in Moore, the Roebuck Family Skate Center has been a staple of the town’s entertainment since 1978. Park your car and strap on some roller skates for open skating sessions or for birthday parties and events. Roebuck also features inflatable jumping equipment, an arcade, and concessions.

Charlene’s Home Cooking

If you want to eat a meal just like Grandma used to make, point your car down East Blackstock Road in Moore toward Charlene’s Home Cooking. Here you’ll feast on dishes like fried chicken, barbecue ribs, baked ham and chicken wings, all prepared with fresh ingredients and family recipes.

Croft State Park

Located just outside of Moore in the town of Spartanburg, SC, Croft State Park offers camping, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, horseback riding and more. This state park provides a perfect opportunity for anyone with a truck or SUV that wants to get a little dirt under their flaps.

RJ Rockers Brewing Company

Pile some friends in your car and check out RJ Rockers Brewing Company, located in the Grain District of downtown Spartanburg. Come for tours, tastings, live music and “Hoppy Hours” to sample a large selection of wheat ales, IPAs, brown ales, pale ales, stouts, pilsners, lagers and more with both year-round and seasonal mixes.

Spartanburg Regional History Museum   

There’s some history behind your used car and plenty of the area’s history can be found at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum. Admission is free and guided tours are available for a journey through the region’s early days of Spanish explorers to World Wars and beyond. And a rotating exhibit that changes every couple of months ensures there’s always something new to see.   

Start Your Journey at TLC Motors

TLC Motors in Moore, SC has your ticket to freedom. Browse our inventory of used cars, trucks and SUV’s to find the vehicle that will get you around Moore and let your adventures begin. Come see us on East Blackstock Road today.   

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