I bought a car and paid cash. The dealership is now saying that they made a mistake, and that I owe an additional $900.00+. My paperwork indicates that I paid the total amount at the time of sale, but the Virginia dealership is holding my Maryland tags.
You need advice from a Virginia attorney since you purchased the vehicle in Virginia. Repost your question to Virginia lawyers by listing the location as Virginia. In general, the contract should govern the amount you were required to pay.
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You can file a complaint with the Dealer licensing section of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. It can be found on their web site. Other than that, contact a VA attorney. This is a matter best considered under the applicable State or Federal law. I would strongly suggest that you consult with a local attorney (perhaps selected from the AVVO website resources) with experience in this area of law, to offer a free initial consultation and perhaps assist with the process. Once you are comfortable with he or she, hire them to represent you. If this information was helpful to you, even if you do not like or agree with the advice, please let me know by clicking on the “Helpful” or “Best Answer” button. Or, if I really hit a home run, write a positive Review. Good luck!
This information is provided as general guidance only, not actual legal advice. I have not reviewed your paperwork, and unless this is a Maryland case, I am not licensed to practice law in your State. The fine points of your question are often found in the laws of your State. So, this response is not intended to be legal advice and you should not rely on this information to make decisions. I urge you instead to consult with a local attorney.
To add, there is no such sing as a "mistake." It's a fairly transparent transaction, everything is documented and very little should be open to interpretation. If 1) your paperwork shows that there is a payment in full and 2) the purchase agreement indicates that the sale price = payment, they can't hold your tags.
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