Statesville, NC asked in Contracts for North Carolina

Q: Is there an option to cancel a purchase contract when dealing with a used car at a used car dealership?

Purchased a truck and less than 24 hours later started having mechanical issues. As of right now I still haven't had the vehicle for 24hrs. Is there a time frame where I can cancel the contract?

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Jonathan Shbeeb
Jonathan Shbeeb
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: The first place you should look is your purchase contract with the dealership. See what rights and obligations you have regarding the purchase. If you have an option to return the truck, or have the dealership repair it, the purchase contract should outline your rights.

If the contract is not specific or completely negates all rights to have the truck replaced, returned, or repaired, you have fewer options. If the dealership mislead you about the truck's condition, whether fraudulent or negligent, your options are more open. In any event, you should contact a North Carolina attorney that deals with the automobile industry or contracts generally. Keep in mind the following questions: Have you looked at the contract? Have you had the truck looked at by a mechanic shop? What representations did the dealership make in connection with the vehicle? What type of damage is the vehicle suffering from? Did you, or another on your behalf, inspect the vehicle prior to purchase?

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