Consumer advocate reporter, Ken Amaro, recently contacted Terrell • Hogan attorney Leslie A. Goller, who handles consumer law cases, to comment regarding what Florida law is in regards to car purchases. She advised it is important to always read a contract or purchase agreement before signing it. She also advised that many are under the mistaken impression that they have a 3-day or even 30-day “cooling off’ period to return a car and void the contract; this is false. Once you sign a contract and take possession of the car you have purchased it. The law does not recognize “buyer’s remorse”. Then the only means to void the contract is if financing of the vehicle was required but is not obtainable. Even so, you can be charged a fair market rental fee for the time you had the vehicle.
However, since the dealer’s actions were so outrageous in bringing the car to the elderly consumer who had returned the vehicle to the dealer, unsafely parking the returned dealer’s vehicle on the road to block her own vehicle from exiting her driveway, and throwing the keys to the returned dealer’s vehicle in her yard, it would appear to be in the dealer’s best interest and reputation to unwind the deal. More information and a video is available at First Coast News.