What protection is offered to the buyer of an automobile if there is suspected fraud in the paperwork?

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What protection is offered to the buyer of an automobile if there is suspected fraud in the paperwork?

My girlfriend recently bought a car and paid by check in full at the dealership. There were 2 checks written at the dealership, 1 for $17.5k, and 1 for $2k, that totaled to the agreed price. The second check was written to be cashed at a later date, as my girlfriend was selling her current car to another dealer and would not have the money on deposit for a few days. She took delivery and everything was finalized. A month later, she began receiving calls from the dealer saying she owed them $2k still. After reviewing the contract, it appears they slipped in a $2k down payment.

Asked on February 15, 2012 under General Practice, California

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