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How many days do I have to return a used car


How many days do I have to return a used car? Here we tell how and how many days you have to return a used car or new car to dealer under buyers’ remorse. Always keep in mind that there is no federal law states that buyer can simply return a car to the dealer although there are some ways to protect consumer from buying bad car from car dealer. Standard buyers’ remorse for new car will give you 3 to 7 days to return a new car with warranty contract but not a used car. Anyway, do not panic or do nothing if you have purchased a new or used car that gave you problem.

There are several ways to determine how many days you have to return a used car back to the dealer under certain circumstances when you buy the car. These usually have to be done BEFORE you purchase the car and not after the payment have been made.

The number of days and condition to return the car has to be stated in the sales contract clearly when you make your purchase. There are no law require any used car dealers to give used car buyer a period of time to cancel their buy. This is to protect car dealer from buyer that waste time. However, it is still your negotiation with the dealer. Dealer can grant a certain period to return the car under certain condition if performance of the car is out of expectation or the condition is very bad.

Ask the dealer “Can I return the car if the condition is not satisfied?”. Do not ask after you have signed the sales agreement, made your payment, and drive away the car.

Other than that, you can look for your local State laws that hold car dealers responsible for cars they sell if the car does not meet standard quality. This is under the “Implied Warranties” but there is no specified period of time. The best way is still getting written promises from car dealer and but not with “as is”, “with all faults”, or “no warranty”.

What to do before buying a used car

Check the car Buyer’s Guide. Check the car Buyer’s Guide that you wish to buy to determine if you will receive a certain period of warranty or you are allow to return the car if something is wrong.

Check the car history. Acquire the car history and the car dealer’s background at your local consumer protection agency, state Attorney General, Better Business Bureau, your State Department of Consumer, or Carfax (A commercial web-based service that supplies vehicle history reports to public) to see if there is any bad history on the car or the dealer. See also what to check when buying used cars, used cars to avoid.

Dealer reputation. Choose a car dealer with better reputation to buy the car especially used car. That’s to avoid any problem arise in the future and also to avoid you to ask are you eligible to return the car.
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