We recently leased a new car. When we signed the contract, we would have to pay $.15/mile if we go over the mileage at the end of the lease. The dealership called and wants us to re-sign the contract with $.20/mile. We also did not receive a copy of the contract. Can we back out of the lease with no penalties or damage to our credit score? We had to bring in my wife social security card for them to make a copy of and now this is happening. It is getting to be a bigger hassle than we thought.
If you have a binding agreement, it is binding and an offer to change the agreement is just that, an offer, which can be accepted or rejected AND which must be supported by new consideration. Before signing anything you should consult an attorney and have them review the contract. The behavior described is questionable and may violate state and federal consumer laws.
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I agree with the prior answer. Basic contract law says a valid agreement is binding and any attempt to change that agreement by one party will not stand unless the other party to the contract agrees to those changes which they need not do. I also agree that there are consumer protection issues in play here so I will re-post this under that area of law so you get additional responses.
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