Car buyers should know their rights

Thinking about buying a car? If so, you should know your rights. Below is a list of car buyer’s rights from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Dealers of new and used cars must provide an itemized price list for items such as warranties and insurance, etc., if the items are being financed.
  • Sellers of new and used automobiles must provide buyers with their credit score and an explanation of how it is used. Buyers of used cars may get a two-day sales contract cancellation option. This could cost as little as $75 for a vehicle that costs up to $5,000; $150 for a vehicle costing more than $5,000, but not more than $10,000; $250 for a vehicle costing more than $10,000, but not more than $30,000; or as much as one-percent of the purchase price for a vehicle costing more than $30,000, but not more than $39,999.99. If a used car buyer decides to return the vehicle within the time specified, the dealer can charge a maximum restocking fee of $175 for a vehicle that costs no more than $5,000; $350 for a vehicle costing more than $5,000, but less than $10,000; or $500 for a vehicle costing $10,000 but less than $40,000. Buyers also should know that if they pay a contract cancellation fee, it must be deducted from the restocking fee.
  • Used vehicles advertised as "certified" must meet specific requirements. Dealers cannot advertise a vehicle as “certified” if the odometer does not display the actual mileage of the vehicle; the vehicle was repurchased by the manufacturer or dealer; the vehicle was damaged by accident, fire, or flood unless repaired to safe operational condition prior to sale; the title was branded as a Lemon Law Buyback, manufacturer repurchase, salvage, junk, non-repairable, flood, or similar designation; the vehicle’s frame was damaged or was sold "as is;" or the seller failed to provide the buyer with a complete inspection report of all components inspected.
Read more about car buyer’s rights at www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr35.htm.
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