How long do I have to return a brand new car after purchase?

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How long do I have to return a brand new car after purchase?

I purchased brand new automobile and want to return it.

Asked on February 7, 2017 under General Practice, North Dakota

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Federal law allows a "3 day right of recission" for certain contracts (door-to-door sales and some loan contracts like home mortgage loans and private education loans). Some states provide for a similar right of rescission for a few other types of contracts but your state does not, at least not for car sales. That having been said, in order to protect consumers from manufacturing defects, ND has a "lemon law" that allows a vehicle manufacturer 3 attempts to try to fix a major defect on a new vehicle but if they fail to do so, then they are required to refund the purchase or replace the vehicle. For the specifics of the law, you can check with your state's attorney general's office.


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