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10 True Car-Buying Horror Stories

Popular Mechanics Logo By Alex Leanse of Popular Mechanics | Slide 1 of 11: Buying a lemon sucks-here's the proof.

10 True Car-Buying Horror Stories

Buying a new car is always exciting. Whether you're shopping for something more fun, efficient, roomy, or stylish, it's easy to get caught up in a fantasy of the miles you'll spend behind the wheel.

But don't let that excitement get ahead of you. Used cars (and even new ones) can have sneaky problems that are hard to detect. Especially with pre-owned vehicles, you need to be diligent and have an experienced mechanic complete a pre-purchase inspection.

Not convinced? Read these horror stories from real people who bought a car that turned out far from perfect.

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