Question We signed the contract and got financing for a used Ford 2006 freestyle SUV. We found out that this model is no longer made and it has a long history of major repairs. We want to get out of this deal. No down payment has been made yet but we got financing through our credit union. We live in Florida. Thank you for your time
Sorry to hear about your troubles ...if you have taken delivery of the car and the credit union has not cut a check to the dealer yet then tell them (CU) that you changed your mind and the van was not as represented etc. and tell them to not finish the transaction and of clurse don't make the down payment. Then immediately have someone follow you over there and drop the car off ...hand any salesperson you can find the keys ...get his name ...then leave.
If you have taken delivery and the credit union has funded the contract but you haven't made the down payment (how much was it supposed to be?) then call your credit union and tell them you are taking the van back and see if they have anything they can suggest on their end...they are usually on the CUDL (Credit Union Direct Lending) system and they are able to pull the money right back thru that portal. Then take the rig back and give someone the keys. After you drop it off then follow up with a call to the sales manager who will try to convince you that you can't do what you are doing...he is lying. Technically they could try to keep you in it by taking it back to your house and parking it and then going after you for the down payment but I just don't ever see that happen. You need to engage your bank to be your advocate ...most credit unions will ...but not all.
The last option is to tell the dealer that you don't want the Freestyle but still want to do business with them and find a different car on their lot. They will do this and the one thing you need to watch out for is not to let them convince you that the only way out of the 1st deal is to trade the Freestyle in on a new one ...MAKE SURE THEY UNWIND THE FIRST ONE AND YOU BOTH SIGN A RECISSION AGREEMENT CANCELLING THE FIRST CONTRACT ...if you find a rig with the approximately same book value and yrs and miles then the dealer could do whats called 'an exchange of collateral" with your credit union and just give them the title to the next car and get the title to the Freestyle back. your payments would stay the same and so would your rate.
I personally haven't had any issues with the Freestyle ...How long have you been in possession of it if you are?
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PS if you have the car but can't reach your credit union until monday then you will still want to take it back ASAP ...write me back and tell me if you traded anything in on this new car and how long you have had possession of it please
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