What to do if a dealership wants me to come back and “resign” a new lease a week later as they made an error?

I signed a closed end vehicle lease agreement a week ago. Today I received a call telling me that I needed to come back and resign the lease as they had made mistake on the excess mileage allotment price. I was verbally told it would be .15 per mile over allotted 36,000 miles and I also signed the contract stating it was .15 per mile over. Now they want me to sign it with the new rate of .20 per mile. What are my rights? Don’t they have to be held to the .15 per mile as agreed to?

Asked on March 23, 2012 under General Practice, California


Hong Shen / Roberts Law Group

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Was that mistake obvious to you? Was 0.15 the common practice in this locale and this type of car lease or was the 0.20 the norm? Typically a unilateral mistake will not render the contract voidable and the dealer must honor it. It will depend on whether a reasonable person in your position at the time of signing could realize the dealer made a mistake or not.

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