AUTOS: Lemon Busters

Lemon Busters

Can't decide whether that "previously owned" car in the dealer's lot is a lemon? Call Auto Critic and have it dispatch a mobile inspection unit to check out the used car, van or truck in question. For $54 to $69, a certified mechanic will spend about 45 min. running the vehicle through a 92-item checklist, which includes the obvious, like turn signals and wiper blades, and the not-so-obvious, like axle seals and cover gaskets. The mechanic will even take the car on a test drive. Armed with the results, the would-be buyer can renegotiate or reconsider. Says Patrick Ludwick, founder and...

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