How to Return a Used Car Purchase

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How to Return a Used Car Purchase
How to return your used car. (yellow car, a honda Japanese sport car model image by alma_sacra from

After purchasing a used car from a dealership or individual, you will retain some rights and have certain responsibilities with regard to returning the car. However, these rights and responsibilities differ significantly depending on the state the car was purchased and the limitations and liabilities stated in the purchasing contract. It is still possible to return your used car depending on your state's laws regarding used car returns, and the purchasing contract's terms for returns.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Purchase contract

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  1. 1

    Read the purchasing contract's terms and policies regarding returns. Thoroughly review the contract to determine the requirements for returning your car.

  2. 2

    Contact the attorney general's office of your state. Ask for information regarding your state's lemon laws. If possible, describe your situation to find out if your purchase is eligible for protection under the lemon laws.

  3. 3

    Organise all of the paperwork regarding your used car purchase. Make copies of your contract and all relevant paperwork. You will need the originals in order to make a return, but it is prudent to keep copies in case there is a problem.

  4. 4

    Inspect the car's interior and exterior to ensure that the condition is the same as the time of purchase. If you find any damages, repair them before you return the car. The seller may have the right not to take back the car if it is not in the original condition.

  5. 5

    Contact the used car seller. Explain that you intend to return the car and you have met all of the requirements specified in the contract. Set up a mutually beneficial time to return the car.

  6. 6

    Return the car with all of the paperwork and accessories. Drive the car back to the seller at the specified time. Make sure you have the original contract and other relevant paperwork with you.

  7. 7

    Sign the notice of cancellation. This contract voids the original contract and is provided by the seller. Review it and make sure all of the information stated is correct. Pay particular attention to the purchase price, your personal information and the date of cancellation for the original contract. Sign the document.

Tips and warnings

  • Most dealers will require a restocking fee when returning a used car.

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