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Business Quote Dispute

I was remodeling my kitchen and chose a discount cabinet company. They came out to measure and provided a quote for what was needed. I signed the quote, paid a 50% deposit, and planned to pay the rest upon receipt of the cabinets. When they arrived, they were picked up by my contractor. The company then called to notify me the amount to pay. It was approximately $700 more than the remaining 50% that I owed. They said other materials had to be ordered. All of this was done without asking me. I did not authorize them to charge my credit card but they charged me anyway. I filed a dispute with my credit card company and submitted all my paperwork, including the signed quote. I was notified that my dispute was denied. What, if any, recourse do I have?

Asked on January 4, 2017 under Business Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can sue them for breach of contract--for violating the agreement as to what the job would cost, as reflected in the signed written quote--to recover the money. If you can persuade the court that the agreement was only for $XXX and no more, and that you did nit authorize any more work or charges (and that the terms of the quote did not itself authorize the increase), you can get a court judgment requiring them to return the money. For $700, suing in small claims court, as your own attorney or "pro se" is a very good option. 


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