Though it rarely happens, there are instances where a car will break down soon after being purchased, and the issues can range from a minor inconvenience to a life-threatening issue. No matter which it is, it can be very frustrating, and you might be wondering whether it is worth dealing with if you find yourself in that situation. Consider the following suggestions on what to do when your new car breaks down.
Take It Back to the Dealership
If your car is fresh off the lot and already falling apart, it might be in your best interests to consider taking the car back to the dealership. You should have no problem returning it if the car was purchased less than 24 hours prior, but the sales representatives might try to convince you to think about trading it in for a different vehiclef from the same lot. If you are presented with this offer, be wary about taking it.
Look at different reviews for the dealership and see if there is any indication of shady business practices. If it seems like a rare occurrence, you can always look into other cars and make sure you get the same deal that you got on the car that broke down.
However, if you do not feel comfortable making another deal with them, do not do so. There are plenty of other dealerships and individuals that have cars for sale, and you are better off going to them if you have doubts about doing more business with the dealership you returned your car to.
Try to Get It Fixed
If you want to keep your car, or you have already passed the timeframe allowed for a return, you can always try to fix the issues. Make sure that you are taking your car to a reputable mechanic so you are not presented with issues that were not there before they started fixing it.
Keep in mind that if you have a brand new car, it will be more complicated and more expensive to get it fixed, especially if it involves replacing a lot of parts. If it is an issue that requires replacement of either the engine or transmission, you might want to look into alternate routes instead, especially if it happens more than once.
Look Into Compensation
If your car is new and breaking down, there is a high probability that your car might be a lemon. If you suspect this might be the case, you will need to do a lot of digging. First, see if there are any recalls or lawsuits that are associated with your car’s exact year, make and model. Secondly, see if there is anyone who is having similar issues, as that rarely happens unless that model car is defective from the moment it leaves the factory. Next, see if there is a Texas lemon law or something similar that you qualify under.
Finally, see about pursuing financial compensation or complete replacement of your car. Make sure that you have a reputable lawyer on your side and have everything accounted for. Going up against a car manufacturer means that you will need a lot of evidence if you want to have a chance at winning. If the damage is bad enough, and you go into it with a group of other people, you might win more than you bargained for.
Nobody should have to deal with driving a broken down car, especially if it is brand new. Keep these tips in mind so that if and when you break down, you will not be at a loss as to what to do.