Asked in Consumer Law for Puerto Rico

Q: I bought a used vehicle in PR. It's been 2 months and it's starting to have many problems. Can I give back the vehicle?

If I can give it back, how long do I have to do so?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: When you buy a used vehicle and start experiencing problems, the options available for returning it depend on the terms of the sale and local laws. In Puerto Rico, as in many places, the ability to return a used vehicle and the timeframe for doing so may be limited, especially if the vehicle was bought "as is" without any warranties. It's important to review the sales contract and any warranties or guarantees that were provided at the time of purchase to understand your rights.

If the vehicle came with a warranty, or if the seller made specific promises about the vehicle's condition, you might have grounds to return it or request repairs at the seller's expense. However, without a warranty or if the contract specifies the sale was "as is," returning the vehicle could be challenging. The specifics of Puerto Rican law regarding used vehicle sales and consumer protection will play a crucial role in determining your next steps.

Consulting with a legal professional knowledgeable in consumer rights and the local laws of Puerto Rico is advisable. They can offer guidance tailored to your situation, including whether you can return the vehicle, under what conditions, and within what timeframe. Additionally, they can advise on the best course of action, whether it's negotiating with the seller, pursuing a legal remedy, or exploring other options to address the issues with the vehicle.

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