What rights do I have on a buy here/pay here car that has been in the shop for almost 1 out of the 3 months thatI have owned it?

UPDATED: Aug 4, 2011

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What rights do I have on a buy here/pay here car that has been in the shop for almost 1 out of the 3 months thatI have owned it?

I towed the car to a service station of my choice because there was no warranty. The finance company said they would help with the repair, but only at their mechanic. I have dealt with their mechanic before and do not like him, but since I don’t have $2,000 to fix the car, I paid again to have it towed to their mechanic. Their mechanic submitted an estimate which took them a week to approve. Once he started working on it, he realized he was mistaken on the estimate and now has to submit another estimate. By the time I get my car back, I will have made 3 payments on a non-running car.

Asked on August 4, 2011 Michigan


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

How long have you owned the car? Who did you buy the car from? how much was paid for it? These are all questions that I need answers to to assist in answering your questions.

In general if this vehicle has many problems that you were not aware of before you bought it and the seller knew of such issues but did not disclose them to you before the purchase, you might have a legal basis to rescind (cancel) the vehicle's purchase by returning the car to the seller in exchange for the return of the money paid for it. You have the burden of establishing the the seller concealed problems with the vehicle known to him or her before you bought it that should have been disclosed to you.

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