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Bunch of Liars
Posted by Rossgurango on 10/25/2012
UNION, NEW JERSEY -- Traded in my lease SUV to finance a new Minivan in 2010. Dealership did not pay the balance to my lease car until 6 months after and damaged my Credit History. GM to busy to apologize.

2012- Tried to lease an Accord. Advertisement said $169/month $0 down. Ended up with a Civic $204/month with $1000 down. Not happy, returned the car less than 24 hours, put in less then 6 miles in the odometer, car was never in my auto insurance policy. Dealership won't return down payment and threatening to pull a REPO on me if I don't take the car home.

     
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Posted by FoDaddy19 on 2012-10-25:
I don't know if there's a "cooldown" or buyers remorse law in NJ. If there isn't and you signed on the Civic for mutually agreed upon terms, then it's your responsibility for the duration of the lease.

They did kind of screw you over in 2010 from the sounds of it though. Assuming you traded in the SUV at the same dealership you were leasing it from.

Most of the time, leasing is the least cost effective way of obtaining a car. I use the Dave Ramsay method ( I pay cash for my cars). I keep my cars until they are basically used up (10-15 years), but during that time, I set aside I put what money I would've been spending on new car payments into a separate account. I've been putting $250-$300 a month into the "new car fund" for the past 9 years. In another 3 years I'll probably take that money which should be around $40k-$43k, sell my current daily driver for around $5k, and buy a new car, paying for it in cash. Not S-Class money or anything, but you can get a very decent car for $45k-$48k. I might do what I did last time, and buy a year or two year old car instead of new one, and save some money. But I really don't recommend leasing unless it's for a company-provided car.
Posted by trmn8r on 2012-10-25:
The rule I always went by is that once you leave the property with a car, that transaction is complete and not reversible. While you can cancel a contract in some states in x days, I'm not so sure the same applies to returning a car once you have used it - whether it be 1 mile or 1000.

You need some legal advice to see if you have a basis for breaking that contract.
Posted by bob932304 on 2012-10-25:
I do not know about all States but normally the 'cool-down' or 'buyers remorse' cancellation is only for door-to-door sales. If you walk into a bricks-and-mortar store and buy something you fall under the store's policy, not a legal policy.

Not to blame the victim - but, why did you sign the paperwork and take the car if you were not happy?
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Lied about damage to vehicle
Posted by Jordan43 on 01/24/2007
GOLDEN, COLORADO -- I found a good price on the web on a Honda Civic Hybrid. They gave me that price when I brought the ad in. I noticed the bumper of the vehicle seemed off (gap in panels, paint color). The service manager, internet manager and sales rep all denied anything was wrong with the car. Stupidly, I believed them and purchased the vehicle. Before pickup, I reviewed the pictures online and found a picture of the car with a damage in bumper in their ad. They had obviously fixed it and didn't tell me about it. When I confronted the salesperson, he said "they replaced the bumper" then he realized he shouldn't say anything so he "didn't know". When I showed him the picture of the damaged car, he looked very uncomfortable and offered no apology. I canceled the sale because they lied to me. I'm glad I caught it in time! Be very careful of these slick guys!!
     
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Posted by adzidek on 2007-01-24:
I feel for you - but at least you caught it in time. I bought a Blazer years ago just to find out (after extensive research) that it had fallen off a transport truck and the frame was twisted. It was patched up by GM, and sold to me as new. After many phone calls, visits, and emails, I was advised by my attorney to settle out of court. The offer was $2000. I took the cash, sold the truck, and broke even.

The truth of the matter is, I would have easily won that case in court, but how long would that take? How much money would I have spent in legal fees? So I took the lawyer's advice - at least HE was honest in his dealings with me.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-24:
Funny, when an attorney has a reputation of honesty over a car dealer.
Posted by Shakra on 2007-01-24:
Try this before buying a used car - http://www.dmv.org/vehicle-history.php

Posted by Tray Dawg on 2007-07-20:
We had a similar experience with Planet Honda. We put money down on a car and were told they had to get the paperwork done before we could take it. We found out the next day they had a better offer so they just gave us our check back and told us to get lost. These are NOT honest people.
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