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This is an unfortunate situation, but your brother does have recourse under certain, limited circumstances. If the dealer had a reason to know your brother was emotionally ill and perhaps unable to make contracting decisions, then your brother can walk away from the contract. Otherwise, your brother can still walk away, but only if the dealer made a material misrepresentation about the car, and your brother relied on that representation in purchasing it. Absent the occurrence of either of those scenarios, the only hope of getting out of the deal is make an appeal to the conscience of the dealership, through its manager or owner if you have access to that person. It may be that, to protect the dealership's business goodwill and potential sales to other members of the family, the dealer may relent and let your brother out. You need to speak with the right person and thoroughly explain the situation, perhaps with supporting documentation about your brothers illness. It's not the perfect situation, but if all else fails, it's your best shot.
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