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The phrase "cooling off period" generally refers to the short time (a few days) after purchasing a big ticket item (e.g., automobile, boat, etc.) where the excitement from such a purchase can wear off. Sometimes referred to "buyer's remorse," the purchaser may realize that they don't need, don't want or can't afford the item they bought.


All states have laws regarding the cooling off period regarding new cars, even if the law states that there is no cooling off period (California). For those states that do have such laws, one may return the new car to the dealer assuming:


* The time between purchase and return is no more than a few days (generally auto dealers use three unless state law requires otherwise)


* The mileage put on the car is minimal (otherwise, the auto dealer cannot resell the car as new)


Now, most reputable dealers WILL allow you to return a new car within a day or two, without regard to state law, so long as the mileage put on the car is very low.

The real truth:


Absolutely none of the above answer is true and is nothing more than a myth. There is no cooling off period, or buyers remorse, on the purchase of a new car in any state in the United States. Those laws only apply to unsolicited sales. An example is a door to door salesman or something bought from a telemarketer that calls you. Once you buy the car it automatically becomes a used car and the dealer can no longer sell it as a new car no matter if you only drove it 1 mile. It therefore looses a good bit of it's value. Unless the dealer is offering some special sale and is willing to take the car back in a set amount of time it is your car. You bought it, and you own it and you most certainly cannot return it for a refund. There are lemon laws in place in most states that protect you if the car is a lemon. If the car qualifies as a lemon in your state you can get a replacement car. But do not believe the myth that you can buy a new car and then just return it because you don't like it or wish you had not bought it. You can't plain and simple.



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You left the showroom with the car can you return it to the dealer?

Depends on if you are in a state with a cooling off period.


How long do you have to return a car to the dealer in South Carolina?

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Return car to dealer in Ohio?

You can return the car for repair, but not for a refund. The cooling off period law, or buyer's remorse law, does not apply to the sale of a vehicle.


Can you return a used car to the dealer after purchase?

No! It is a myth that the cooling off period law applies to the purchase of an automobile. It does not.


How long do you have to return a used car back to the dealer in Arizona?

What makes you think you can just return the car back to the dealer? There is no return law on the purchase of an automobile. The cooling off period law only applies to unsolicited purchases and not to the purchase of a vehicle. You bought it, you own it.


How long do you have to return a car to dealer in new york?

Once you buy a car it is yours and you cannot return it. It is a myth that the cooling off period or buyers remorse laws apply to the purchase of a vehicle. They do not.


How long do you have to return a new car to the dealer in Canada?

Once you buy a car it is yours and you cannot return it. It is a myth that the cooling off period or buyers remorse laws apply to the purchase of a vehicle. They do not.


Can you return a used car in Iowa?

NO. You cannot return a car you bought in any state, unless the dealer agrees to take it back. The cooling off period laws do not apply to the purchase of autos.


How much time do i have to return my car to the dealer for a refund?

What makes you think you can return the vehicle for a refund? There is no cooling off period on the purchase of an auto. That law only applies to unsolicited sales. It is a myth that it applies to vehicles. You bought the car and you own the car. The dealer will not take it back.


Can you return a new car in the state of Florida?

NO, there is no cooling off period on the purchase of any vehicle, new or used, in any state. You cannot return a new car that is used car once you buy it. The only way you can return it is if the dealer agrees to the return which is highly unlikely.


How long do you have to return a car to the dealer if is chevrolet certified pre owned?

There is no cooling off period on the purchase of an automobile. Once you buy the car, you own it, and you will only be able to return it if the dealer agrees. They will never agree on a new car purchase, but on a used car they may, if you ask very nicely and buy a different car from the same dealer. So, ask the dealer and be very, very, nice about it. Legally they do not have to do anything.


If you buy a car on Friday there are problems with the car the dealer try to avoid repairing can you return the car on wed?

Most states have a "no-cooling off" period for vehicle purchases. This applies whether problems occur or not.


Is there any amount of time to return a car to a dealer?

No, Buyers Remorse or Cooling Off Period Laws do not apply to the purchase of a new or used car in any state. You cannot return any car because you changed your mind. You bought it and you own it.


How long after the date of purchase of a used car in Texas do you have to return in it?

Zero days unless the dealer has a return policy the Act of 1974 specifically excludes car sales from any "cooling off period". The sale is final when you drive away.


Can you return a car to a dealer within 24 hours if you change your mind?

It is nothing more than a myth that you can return any car you buy new, or used. Once you buy the car you own it and you cannot return it. The Buyer's Remorse or Cooling Off Period laws do not apply to the purchase of a vehicle.


Can you return your financed car back after 14 days?

No, because there is a "No Cooling off period in CA". No, because there is a "No Cooling off period in CA".


How long do you have to return a car in Georgia?

Once you purchase the car you own the car and you cannot return it, period. The cooling off period or buyers remorse law does not apply to the purchase of any vehicle.


Can you return a new car after purchase?

You can of course return it but the dealer can refuse to take it back and in 99.9% of the time would refuse. After all the car is now a used car and cannot be sold as a new car any longer. The cooling off period law does not apply to the purchase of a vehicle new or used.


Cooling off period car?

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Can you return a new car in Arkansas?

NO, there is no cooling off period on the purchase of a vehicle. That is a myth.


Is there a time period after first buying a used car in which you can return the vehicle?

in the state of Florida there is no cooling off period


Is there a grace period to return a new car in the state of Florida if there is a hardship?

No, there is not. That new car is now a used car and you cannot return it. The cooling off period or buyers remorse law does not apply to the purchase of a vehicle.


Can you return your new car that you found cheaper from another dealer?

It depends on where you are, in the U.S. most states do not have a cooling off period, but a few do. Most of the time, as soon as you sign the contract, it's binding.


Can you return a used car within 72 hours in TN?

I am not aware of any state with what is commonly called a "Cooling Off Period" law for new or used cars. Call your State Atty. General, or ask the used car dealer if you can return it. He may say yes.


How long do you have to return a car to the dealer in Ohio?

You can't that is a myth. The buyer's remorse or, sometimes called a cooling off period law, does not apply to vehicles. It applies to unsolicited sales. Once you buy a car, you own it, and cannot return it except under your states lemon law.