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Can You Return a Car If It Has Problems?

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If you recently purchased a new or used car and you discovered that it has problems, you might be wondering if you can return it. However, cars aren’t like any other product that you can return within 30 days if you are unsatisfied. There are strict laws pertaining to vehicle purchases, so if you discover that you purchased a lemon, you might need to go through a series of steps to get your money back.

Used Car Buyers

Consumers who purchase a used car for less than $40,000 must be offered a two-day contract cancellation option agreement. However, the contract cancellation option agreement does not apply to the following:

  • Used cars priced at $40,000 or more,
  • New cars,
  • Private party sales,
  • Motorcycles,
  • Off-highway vehicles,
  • Recreational vehicles,
  • Or vehicles sold for business or commercial use

If you want a contract cancellation agreement, the used car dealer might request a fee. The dealer may also charge a maximum restocking fee if you do decide to return the vehicle within the two-day period.

New Car Buyers

Since new cars are expected to be in working condition and without defects, there are specific laws, such as lemon laws, that protect consumers who purchase a defective vehicle. Lemon laws protect consumers who have purchased defective vehicles under warranty that have undergone multiple repair attempts to fix the defect. If the vehicle is unrepairable, the consumer will be entitled to a vehicle replacement or a car buyback.

California Lemon Law Attorneys

Lemon laws protect both new and used car buyers, so if you purchased a defective vehicle, you can file a lemon law claim. Lemon law cases can be complicated because you will need to present sufficient evidence to prove that your vehicle is a lemon. Our California lemon law attorneys can help you prepare your lemon law case so that you can receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact O’Connor Law Group, P.C. today at (949) 390-9695 to schedule a consultation!