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On July 11th I bought an as is car for my son by the 14th the

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On July 11th I bought an as is car for my son by the 14th the car had problems and according to the mechanic it is completely done for. I realize the implication of as is. This is however is not okay to not even get a week out the car. I contacted the salesman and he told me that in long story form that I was basically out of luck and what did I expect at that price point. The car was purchased in South Dakota in Rapid city with my credit/debit card. Would it be legal to get the car back to the dealer and dispute the charge ?
Thank you so much
Teresa Nelson
Thank you for using JustAnswer. I am JudgeLaw and I will do whatever I can to answer your question and provide excellent service.

I am sorry to hear of your dilemma.   I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.

Unfortunately, I am sorry to tell you that there is no general right of return for the sale of a car. If you dispute the charge it will not survive the debit/debit card company's investigation unless the charge was not authorized, which it was.

You have a couple of options. You can make a consumer complaint with the SD Attorney General. They will investigate and take an action, if warranted.

You can also sue the dealer for breach of contract and fraud. Your allegation is that they knew the defective condition of the vehicle and concealed that information from you. It is not the strongest case, but it may motivate the dealer to try to make things ok for you.

I am sorry. I realize this is not the answer you were hoping for. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I ask that you not penalize me for having to deliver less than favorable news.

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