Can you return a car in Georgia?

I’m thinking about buying a car, but I’m on the fence about what I want. Can I return a car I bought if I decide it’s not right for me? I live in Georgia.

Maxine Boyko · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Luckily, you haven’t signed on the dotted line yet because there is no “cooling off” period for new or used auto purchases in
The federal cooling-off rule, which allows consumers to cancel certain purchases within three days as a protection against high-pressure sales tactics, does not apply to car purchases. Georgia only provides this three-day right in the case of home solicitation sales.
Purchasing a used car “as is” means the vehicle doesn’t have a warranty, and you’re accepting the vehicle in the condition it’s in at the time of purchase—in this case, you do not have any recourse under Georgia law if you’ve already signed off on the vehicle.
There may be special instances where you can go back on your purchase. For instance, if you buy, lease, or register a vehicle in the state of Georgia and it seems defective or unsafe, you may be legally entitled to a refund or replacement under
Georgia Lemon Law
The best thing you can do when buying a used or new car is to research and prepare ahead of time. Use resources like Consumer Reports and Kelley Blue Book to determine which vehicles might fit your lifestyle and learn about the experiences of other drivers.
Finally, before you make your purchase, remember to take a few
test drives
and, in the case of used cars, visit a mechanic for a pre-purchase inspection
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