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Re: Help...I did it now!

On Wed, 29 Oct 1997 08:47:12 -0500 (EST), SGDEN@aol.com wrote:
From: SGDEN@aol.com
Subject: Help...I did it now!

>[ ... ]
>I bought the 1991 200TQ 20v w/ 76k miles, new tires, timing belt, pearl, body
>very good (one small dent), inter perfect.  The dealer ("friends" of mine)
>told me they checked everything out and that the car was ready to go.
>1 hour after driving away (having signed all papers etc etc), the steering
>became very tight, hard to control, unpredictable...AND...as we were rolling
>back to the dealer to pick up the car I left there (my original vehicle), the
>red brake light came on, followed within 3 mins by the brakes failing.  We
>VERY nearly rolled into a busy intersection (coincidentally RIGHT in front of
>the dealership).
>I put the car back on their lot, gave them the keys, told them what happened
>(all management and my salesman were gone), and left.
>[ ... ]
>I am now going to try and cancel the deal.  The vehicle was unsafe when they
>sold it to me.  We could have been seriously injured.  I have signed all the
>papers, however, these serious malfunctions occurred within 1 hour of leaving
>their lot and they had the car back within 2 hours of my buying it.  By the
>way, the salesman drove it off the lot (I was in passenger side) and filled
>it with gas.  I drove it from the gas station.  Does that help my case since
>I didn;t actually drive it off their lot?

Many (most?, all?) states in the US have laws which allow you to simply
cancel _any_ new or used car deal for _any_ reason within a certain time period.
Something reasonable like 2 or 3 days. (YMMV) So, if you are certain you want
out, don't hesitate; march right in there and tell them the deal is off.
Accept no
stalling actions such as "Well, why don't we let the shop have a look."
And get the cancellation in writing (duh).  Plan B: On the other hand, you
may really like the car and would be satisfied with a free repair.  If it was an
"as is" sale, better go with plan A unless they agree (in writing) to a free and
satisfactory repair.

DeWitt Harrison    de@aztek-eng.com
Boulder, CO
88 5kcstq