If the Dealer Wants Me to Return the Car, Do I Have to?

This is one of the most frequent questions we get asked here at the Auto Fraud Legal Center. Like with most legal questions, the answer is: it depends! There is a clause in your sales contract that gives the seller the right to cancel the contract within 10 days of the sale if they couldn’t secure financing under the contract terms. So, if the dealer notifies you about returning the car within that 10-day period, then YES, you have to return it. However, if that 10-day period has passed, then NO, you do not have to return the car (in that case, the dealer fills the shoes of the lender and you would make your payments directly to the dealership). However, it is important to note that some dealerships will resort to harassment tactics to get you to return a car even when you’re not legally obligated to do so. Some people decide to return the car because it’s not worth the fight and they would rather work with a dealership that isn’t going to treat them badly. Others keep the car and then find out that the dealer repossessed it illegally! If you made the decision to keep your car and the dealership illegally repossessed it, contact us at 858-348-1005.