How do I get around the lack of a cooling-off period if I want to return a vehicle?

"I bought a Ford Explorer less than a week ago. I’d like to return it to the dealer, but the dealership doesn’t have a cooling-off period. Is there any way to get around this and get my money back? Would it help if I hire an attorney?


“Unfortunately, the federal cooling-off period doesn’t apply to vehicles. Some states, such as California, have a two-day cooling-off period that allows people to return a car (used only) within that time frame. So in your scenario, you have no legal recourse.
In the future, you should work with dealers that offer their own version of a cooling-off period. This is typically a money-back guarantee (less applicable fees) that usually gives you three to seven days to return the vehicle if you’re not satisfied. If you consistently suffer from cold feet, this should be at the top of your priority list. “
Eric Schad
Answered on Apr 13, 2021
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