Consumer Protection Law
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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
The default is that the sale of a used vehicle is as-is, and there is no right to cancel at any time after the fact. However, there is one exception to that rule - and it's fraud. If the dealer set the odometer to trip so you couldn't see the total mileage and then told you that the odometer was broken when it's not, that's very different than if you just hadn't noticed that the vehicle had more than 300,000 miles on it. He's not allowed to lie in order to get you to buy a car. An odometer set to trip is not "broken." And for that reason, you should be able to return the car to get a full refund.
It may help to talk to a manager to see if they'll let you return the car and get a different one instead. But if they won't, you may be able to file a lawsuit to get a refund AND file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office. A dealer cannot lie to get you to buy a car.
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