If you buy a used car an you are unhappy with it, do you have a right to return it and if so how long do you have?

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If you buy a used car an you are unhappy with it, do you have a right to return it and if so how long do you have?

Asked on May 21, 2011 under General Practice, Kentucky

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no general right to return a car--or any purchase for that matter--if you are unhappy with it. That doesn't mean that the dealership does not have a return policy--they are allowed to have one, if they want--or that you can't, even in the absence of a policy, try to negotiate some refund, exchange, etc. However, unless the dealer  (or private seller) elected to give you the right to return the vehicle, you can't, unless you can show that there was something fundamentally wrong or flawed with the transaction. For example, if there was knowing fraud--an intentional lie--that may provide grounds to rescind, or take back, the transaction. But there would have to be something seriously wrong, not merely that you are "unhappy" with it.


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