If you have financed your new car through the dealership, you may be wondering if you are able to return it back to the dealer. This is a question that a lot of people ask, and unfortunately, there is no easy answer. So, can you return a refinanced car back to the dealer?
We will explore the options that are available to you if you want to return a car. We will also discuss the consequences of each option.
Common Reasons People Return Cars
Possible reasons why people return their cars include mechanical or financial issues. Whether you are thinking about returning the car you just bought or not, keep in mind that policies, as well as lemon laws, vary for each state!
Can’t Keep Up With Monthly Costs
If you want to return your car because you can no longer afford the monthly car payments, it will be difficult making a case to return a financed car. The dealership’s general manager could argue that if one did not examine their finances before purchasing and signing the sales contract then they should have known this was an issue and now regret buying in such circumstances – even though these things weren’t explicitly said by any party involved!
When you visit the dealer to return your car, make sure that any mechanical problems are documented in detail on repair orders. This includes information about what’s wrong with it and how long these issues have existed (if they’re recent). Gathering all this documentation will help when filing an official complaint against the car dealer.
The Car Is A Lemon
A lemon car is a vehicle that is brand new and has defects straight out of the showroom or dealership floor. These are vehicles that are also bought from official and authorized dealerships in the country.
If you feel like your car is a lemon and it can’t be fixed then there may still be hope. The lemon law varies from state to state. You’ll need some research on how these different types of lemon laws work in order to make a claim and successfully return the car. The lemon law California statues are quite specific and require a lawyer to decipher and make simple for you when you’re faced with a situation in California.
The return policy for most dealerships allows buyers to exchange or refund their purchase if there are major issues with any of its parts and they have been unsatisfied with the overall purchase.
When you’re regretting your decision after making the purchase, you may have what’s called buyer’s remorse. Believe it or not, a lot of people get it! Even if you have buyer’s remorse after buying a car, it’s hard to get dealerships on board with returning your car purchase.
Most dealers won’t let you return a financed car and many that do require an agreement before they will even consider giving back any money, or fixing what went wrong with their vehicle – which means there is no guarantee this process even starts! Find out what possible options that both you and your dealer can agree to by contacting them.
Ripped Off And Cheated Out Of A Good Deal
If you feel like you got ripped off and the dealer has taken advantage of your situation, consider meeting with their manager. Bring documentation to back up any claims that are made against them. If push comes to shove and you don’t get compensated, you can take legal action against them.
You may also hire a lawyer and legally take the matter to court, file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, or file a complaint with your state’s consumer protection agency or the FTC. And you can always leave a bad and honest review on the dealership’s page or website.
Returning The Car You Just Bought
Before even buying the car, ask about a warranty so there are no surprises down the line with expensive repairs or replacement vehicles if something goes wrong later on – especially since these companies often don’t cover issues outside of their control such as major mechanical failures resulting from accidents (though this does vary depending upon make/model).
When you buy a new car, it’s important to know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission has rules in place for how long consumers have after buying something and completing the transaction at their home or workplace before they can cancel without penalty (or with only a partial refund).
The Cooling-Off Rule is a policy where you have three days to cancel your purchase after having been sold the new car. However, one of the exceptions to this Cooling-Off rule is vehicle sales.
There are also what we call Lemon laws which are laws that provide a remedy for car buyers and other consumer goods in order to compensate for products that repeatedly fail to meet standards of quality and performance. The “Lemon Law Rights” state that these must be availed of within the period ending 12 months after the date of the original delivery of a brand-new motor vehicle or the first 20,000 kilometers of operation after such delivery, whichever comes first.
Can Returning A Car Ruin Your Credit Score?
Returning a car within the return period (if any is offered) likely does not. However, if the return period is over, there’s no good way to say this but returning a car can indeed have a negative impact on your credit score.
Taking the car back to the dealer means you were not able to fulfill the original loan agreement. Voluntarily “returning” your car through voluntary repossession definitely hurts your credit. So does turning in a lease early unless you fulfill the lease buyout terms spelled out.
Alternatives To Returning Your Car
If you’ve reached it this far and have decided not to return your car, here are some alternatives:
- Sell your car! Selling your car to someone else might be the perfect solution for getting rid of an unwanted vehicle. However, one of the downsides is that you may not get back what was paid at the dealership since values decrease as soon as they’re sold so make sure there’s enough money left over from selling it yourself!
- Refinance your car loan! If you’re looking to save some money on your monthly payment, refinancing is an option that can help. You may be able to get a lower interest rate or more time before having the debt paid off in full by using this strategy.
- Request for a voluntary repossession. If you need to pay off an auto loan but don’t have the money, consider calling your lender and asking if a voluntary repossession is possible. This will cancel all future payments – but be aware that this could negatively affect credit scores in addition if reported by banks or creditors alike. This could affect the auto loan you wish to take out in the future.
You should also research dealerships and their return policies so as not to have any regrets later on when there are other options available in your area for buying vehicles from reputable places with good customer satisfaction rates.
The bottom line is that returning a car isn’t easy so make sure to work everything out before going through with any purchase. Researching the price of cars before you buy one is important because if it turns out to be expensive, that’s money down the drain.