Car Buyer's Bill of Rights Takes Effect

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 3, 2006

If you’ve ever bought a used car – signed the contract, driven it home…and then changed your mind when the check engine light came on - you’ll be glad to know that under the new law, you can return it within two days.  Rosemary Shahan is with Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety:

“You’ll be able to bring the car back for any reason.  You don’t even have to give them an explanation and you can get out of the deal.  It’s like a no-fault divorce from you car.”

There are a few caveats:  It’s not automatic – it’s just an option.  And the dealer can charge you for it – as well as for a re-stocking fee. It also has to be a used car under 40-thousand dollars. Other provisions of the bill:  dealers must disclose the price of certain extras like service contracts, and anti-theft devices, and consumers are entitled to a copy of their credit score. The California Motor Car Dealers Association says dealerships have been training employees on how to handle the new law.