My wife and I recently purchased a new vehicle. The dealership we purchased from is in TN and we reside in WV. We came to an agreement on numbers and paid the dealer to deliver and bring the paperwork to us. Long story short, my wife's signature was forged several times, most importantly being on the retail sales agreement contract as the co-buyer. The contract had both her and I listed, however they never asked for her to read it nor sign it. After finishing up,I asked for copies which they advised would be mailed next day but ended up taking 3 weeks to get. Still with her listed as co-buyer and of course no signature..
I immediately contacted the bank and asked them to pull the agreement which sure enough has her forged signature out by mine in both boxes. What do we do? Very deceptive!
Several things come to mind on this. First, while I am not a TN lawyer, forgery surely is a crime there as it is anywhere else. Your best alternative would be to consult a local lawyer in TN who is familiar with consumer and criminal law and ask what you should do about this. Some options that come to mind are writing to the General Manager and/or Owner (not someone lower down) and stating that you are bringing this to their attention as you assume it is not their intention to have their employees engaging in crimes. You could file a criminal report with the police where the dealership is located. Having an attorney be the one communicating on these things would be better.
But I do also have a question. You say you were presented paperwork that listed your wife as a co-buyer. You must have known they were making an error not asking for her signature. It's not clear what you are trying to accomplish by not having her sign. If you complain about the forgeries, they are still going to want your wife as a signatory and co-buyer. It's not clear if you are just understandably upset about the forgeries or you are trying to get out of her being a co-signer for some reason.
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