If you've ever bought a defective remote control for your television you can probably sympathize with someone who's just bought a defective vehicle. We all know how frustrating it can be when we spend our hard earned money to buy something that we really want or need and the product is a defect. Sometimes we end up spending more time and money on fixing the product than it was originally worth. And who wants to be inconvenienced spending hours on the phone trying to reach the manufacturer in their spare time? Unfortunately it's not just an inconvenience when you unknowingly purchase a defective vehicle. Here are some tips to avoid spending thousands of dollars on repairs and precious time dealing with manufacturers.

Know What You're Buying Before You Buy It

• Have you asked the seller if the vehicle has been in an accident, rebuilt, stripped, salvaged or been in a flood? It may seem like a silly or obvious question but you'd be surprised what people will try to sell you when they really need the money.
• Has the car been owned by anyone other than the dealer or manufacturer? If it has, ask to see the maintenance records. If there is a recurring problem that can't seem to get fixed, don't buy it.
• Is the car a lemon buy back? You probably wouldn't even think to ask it right? Don't assume that the seller will be upfront with you about everything, remember, he or she is just trying to make money. And for the record, if it is a lemon buy back at the retail level, there needs to be a lemon sticker in the door jamb and you're covered for any repairs for up to a year.
• Have a trusted mechanic look at the car before you buy it. If the seller is pushing a mechanic of his own or won't allow an outside mechanic to take a look at it, don't buy it.
• If you find yourself with a lemon there is help out there regarding the California Lemon Law.
• ALWAYS test drive the car. Take it on windy roads and take it on the freeway.