Returning a Car You Just Bought

When it comes to new cars, the answer is usually “no” or “maybe”. The federal cooling-off rule is primarily meant to protect customers from high-pressure door-to-door sales tactics and doesn’t apply to automobiles. If you signed the sales contract, you own the car, and the law is on the side of the seller.

The vast majority of car dealers have no written policies that allow you to rescind the purchase agreement you've signed.  This means your only recourse is to plead your case.  If you have buyer's remorse, you can call the salesperson first as a courtesy, but be prepared to contact someone higher up in dealership management. It's solely at the dealer's discretion whether to undo the purchase.