I purchased a car in December of 2018. I traded in a car that I was a little upside down on. At the time of the trade in, I owed $3400 on the car, but the dealership was only going to give me $2400 for the car. So the dealership added the additional $1000 onto my loan. Well I had made a payment just before trading it in and it had not reflected yet in the payoff. The dealership then took 3 months to get me my title and to pay off the trade in. By the time they did, I had paid down on the car and only owed $2700. The dealership then only paid the loan company $2700 even though it clearly stated in my contract that they would pay $3400. However, they still added the full $1000 to my loan. This means they kept $700 of my money for themselves. I also had to pay an additional $100 in penalties for my tag because it took so long to get the title. So they technically should owe me $800. The used car commission recovered a few hundred for me somehow but they still owe me the rest. How should I go about getting my money back? I didn't see anything about arbitration in the fine print of my contract.
Small claims court is the way to have relatively small amount disputes resolved. Considerable assistance can be found at the courthouse and helpful literature. You should not need a lawyer.
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