Can I get a refund if I return a broken down car within a few days of buying it?

I want to get a refund of my deposit because the car broke down one day after i bought it. By law, can they keep my money and make get another car if I don’t want to?

Asked on July 16, 2012 under General Practice, Georgia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Georgia does not have a lemon law for used cars (which is what I am assuming this is) but other laws can help. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has what's called the Used Car Rule that requires dealers to provide consumers with a Buyer's Guide with warranty and other types of information. If the dealer has in any way failed to abide by the FTC Used Car Rule, you may have the basis for a legal claim. Also, each state has what are called Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices (UDAP) laws. If the dealer has, for example, made verbal promises or didn't tell you about issues relating to your used car, you may have a cause of action. Third, Georgia's version of the Uniform Commercial Code may provide you with relief. Finally, the Truth in Lending Act and the Federal Odometer Act can help.  I would contact your state attorney general's office as soon as you can.  Good luck.


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