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WE WENT TO A FORD DEALERSHIP TO BUY A NEW WORK TRUCK FOR OUR BUISNESS. THE FINANCE GUY WROTE UP A LOAN THAT WE AGREED WITH SO WE SIGNED ALL THE PAPERWORK. THEY CALLED US 3 DAYS LATER TO LET US KNOW THAT THEY WROTE IT UP AS A PERSONAL LOAN WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMMERCIAL (WHICH WE SAID TO BEGIN WITH). SO WITH GOING YNDER COMMERCIAL THEY EITHER WANTED $13,000 MORE DOWN OR WE COULD DO A TYPE OF A LEASE, NEITHER SEEMED TO BE IN OUR BEST INTREST SO WE GAVE THE TRUCK BACK. THE TRUCK WAS A DUMP BODY SO WE PUT IT TO WORK WHILE WE HAD IT, WE THOUGHT IT WAS OURS. WE HAULED SOME MULCH AND SEA SHELLS IN IT (WE DO LANDSCAPING) NOW 3 DAYS AFTER TURNING THE TRUCK IN THEY CALL US AND TELL US THERE IS $2500 IN DAMAGE TO THE TRUCK? WE DIDN''T DAMAGE ANYTHING BUT THEY WANT US TO PAY, WHAT ARE OUR RIGHTS?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Marcus Parker replied 6 years ago.

I suppose it is possible that the sea shells may have scratched the paint in the bed of the dump bed, and they want to re-paint it. You should ask to see the repair estimate to verify what the exact damages they are claiming.

Any time a new vehicle is driven off the lot, it is no longer new. If, as you suggest, the sale was cancelled due to a mistake on their part, they should bear responsibility for this. Additionally, the type of trivial cosmetic damages I suspect they are claiming should not significantly affect the value of the truck for commerical purposes.

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