Do I have any recourse if I recently purchased a new car and added rims but after signing the contract I realized they charged me double for the rims?

Prior to signing the contract, I was led to believe the price of the rims was not marked up but actually discounted through a third party vendor. However, I spoke directly to the third party and they quoted me half the price of what the dealer already charged me. Also, on the dealer’s website they charge a lessor fee for similar rims as well. Can I get out of the contract since I was coerced into to signing under false pretenses? I have not taken possession of the rims.

Asked on November 10, 2011 under General Practice, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

IF you were lied to about the price you would be charged--e.g. the dealer told you they would charge you $X, but actually charged you $2X--then you would have good grounds to either rescind the contract as to the rims (but not as to the car itself) and/or seek compensation.

But if they did not lie--that is, you were always told it would cost you $2X, even though you later discovered that you could have or should have gotten the rims for less--then you would most likely not have a cause of action. They may have "taken advantage" of you, but they did not actually commit fraud if they did not lie, and the law does not, for the most part, protect people from simply overpaying.


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