Help Desk FAQ

Automobiles

 

Can I return a car I just bought and get my money back?

There is no general right to return a car you just purchased. Some dealers might agree to write into your contract a right to return the car—but this is entirely up to the goodwill of the dealer. Always ask about the dealer's return policy, get it in writing and read it carefully. Most vehicle purchase contracts can be cancelled only if the seller agrees or for legal cause, such as fraud.

Under federal and state "lemon laws", consumers can pursue legal remedies to return a new car that is exhibiting serious problems that cannot be repaired. See the FAQ on lemon laws.

Resources:

The Federal Trade Commission guide to buying a new car.

The Federal Trade Commission guide to buying a used car.

 

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