Hate Your New Car? Here’s What To Do About It


New car smells remind most of us of our first brand new auto. Despite the odor being quite pungent and sickening, it will still put a smile on your face. Factory fresh with no posterior dent in the seats. No mud in the footwells, and not spilt drink stains on the console. In fact, your brand new car is perfect, isn’t it? Not necessarily. If you’ve already fallen out of love with your new motor, here’s what you should be doing next:

Tell The Dealer

Your dealer might be a separate entity to the manufacturer, but this person sold you a car you don’t like. You’ve handed over thousands of dollars, driven off the lot, and realized you’d made a terrible mistake. In some places and in certain cases you can take it back and arrange for a different car, or a refund. There may be some financial penalty in doing so. Of course, if there is something wrong with the car, then you need to take action.

Identify The Problem

If your car has a fault, you must notify the dealer immediately. They are your first port of call should there be a manufacturing error. It should be fixed to your satisfaction as soon as possible. Of course, some faults can be more difficult to clarify. You might need to leave the car in the garage for diagnostic testing. You have the right to be compensated for that. A free hire car or a cash incentive might be offered. It’s up to you if you accept that.

Fixing The Problem

If your dealer can’t fix the problem, make sure they have notified the manufacturer. You bought a brand new car that is still under warranty, so you have every right to expect a replacement vehicle. If you think you’ve ended up with a lemon, then speak to a law firm like Neale & Fhima, LLP that specializes in something affectionately known as the Lemon Law. They can let you know what your rights are as a consumer in this case.

Getting What You Want

It might take a little time, but you should be able to drive away a car you can be proud of owning. Making the most of your new wheels means having realistic expectations though. If you want a better spec, you need to order the updates or add-ons. Base models are basic versions of what is usually advertised on the TV or in the magazines. Always check what more you can get for your car to make your ride more comfortable and enjoyable. Many of these can be added after sale if required.

Will It Grow On You?

If you haven’t had a new car in a while, the chances are that technologies and safety features have changed a lot. This can give any car a different feel. It will drive a little stiffer at first. All cars should be ‘driven in’ after all. They need time to settle and time to reach their peak performance from new. Give it time – chances are you’ll soon fall in love.