Inglewood, CA asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Products Liability for California

Q: If a dealership forgets to charge your down payment and you signed the contract already do you need to pay them?

I recently got a car and was putting down $2,000 as down payment but the dealership forgot to charge me the down payment but instead charged me everything else for the car. We signed the contracts already and everything was a done deal. Do I need to go back and give them the money they forgot to charge me and if I don't can they change the contract for what I have to pay on the car?

2 Lawyer Answers
Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
Answered
  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Los Altos, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you agreed to pay the money but they made a mistake, you should not, morally or legally try to avoid paying what you've agreed to pay. You'd be just like a car dealer then...

Thomas A. Grossman
Thomas A. Grossman
Answered
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You might want to check to see if the dollars added up. They may have included the $2,000 down payment in the total price of the car, without noting it in the paperwork.

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