If you tell me to take the right car shall I take the not left car or the not wrong car?
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A native speaker wouldn't tell you to take the "right car", when he means "the car on the right". When in doubt, context is everything.
It pretty much depends on context. If someone talks about "making a right turn," you can pretty safely assume they mean right-left right, and if someone talks about "making the right decision," they clearly mean right-wrong right. If the context doesn't help, as in your example, you could rephrase it slightly, such as saying "the car on the right" to mean the right-left right car or "the correct car" to mean the right-wrong right car.
You have to distinguish with context, or a follow-up question, unless the speaker is careful and says 'car on the right'. English speakers ask follow-up questions all the time. There is no way around it.
You can say "the car on the right" or "the correct car" to avoid ambiguity.