Tell the dealer you want to cancel the contract

Can I change my mind about buying a used car after I've signed the contract?
This question has an answer and 4 steps

Tell the dealer you want to cancel the contract

If you believe you have a right to cancel the contract, tell the dealer with a letter that you want to cancel it.

You can use a sample cancellation letter or write your own. Send your letter by registered mail so you can make sure that the dealer got it.

Your letter should include the following information:

  • your name and address
  • the date
  • the name of the dealer’s company and their address
  • the date you purchased the car
  • the make, model, year, and vehicle identification number of the car
  • how much you paid for the car
  • a detailed description of why you think you can cancel the contract
  • the date by which you want a response from them (5-7 days is reasonable)

Be sure to include the following things with your letter:

  • evidence, like copies, not originals, of receipts, invoices, contracts, or other relevant documents, and
  • your signature and the date.

Keep a copy of your letter and your registered mail receipt so that you have proof that the dealer got your letter.

Keep your letter clear, short, and specific.

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Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council
Reviewed: December 31, 2016

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