What do I need to do when the wrong vehicle identification number was typed on the vehicle purchase contract?

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What do I need to do when the wrong vehicle identification number was typed on the vehicle purchase contract?

Contract signed with wrong VIN number. Dealer sends out duplicate paperwork with correct VIN, dated same day. I sign the paperwork. I have sign an Acknowledgement of Rewritten Contract. It has wrong VIN number. I hand write in correct VIN. They send back a carbon copy, but no signature. They also want back the original documentation we signed.

Asked on September 27, 2010 under General Practice, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It seems from a reading of the question that the problem was rectified, although not having a signed copy of the Acknowledgement is a bit uneasy.  I would take your contract to an attorney to review and to make sure that it is properly amended and executed to protect your rights here in this matter.  I would also check with the Department of Motor Vesicles to insure that they have the correct VIN number assigned to the vehicle.  May I ask, do you think that there is something a little shady going on here or just an honest mistake?  If you are concerned that things are not on the up and up I would contact your state attorney general's office.  Good luck. 


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