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I have a situation where I co-signed for a car and the

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I have a situation where I co-signed for a car and the dealership put me on the contract after the fact as the primary. The person I signed for is not paying tolls, taxes or DMV. I also do not know were the car is being kept. He will not respond to calls and messages.

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And how old is the car?

VA and the car is a 2017

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you contacted the manufacturer?

The car is not malfunctioning its the contract agreement mainly

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Yes, I really want to know what actions need to be taken?

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Consumer Protection Law
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Consumer Protection Lawyer: LegalGems, Lawyer replied 2 months ago

I am sorry to hear this;

so the dealer modified the contract after the parties signed it?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
What legally can I do
Consumer Protection Lawyer: LegalGems, Lawyer replied 2 months ago

There are 2 options;

1. a dealer may be sued for fraud if they tamper with a contract. The party making the allegation must prove the fraud so the copy of the original contract showing the proper facts can be submitted to help prove the issue

2. the co-owner may be sued based on an implied contract, or on any oral contract. Basically the court will look at the facts and determine what the parties' intent was at the time of the contract and try to enforce that; so the court may order one party to buy out the other, or they may order a refinance, or they may order the car to be sold. As for tickets and such, the court can enter a judgment so that the plaintiff (party suing) will be reimbursed.

This requires, in both instances, filing a civil action. For disputes up to $5,000 small claims is appropriate;
http://www.courts.state.va.us/resources/small_claims_court_procedures.pdf

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Is it necessary to have legal representation and what type lawyer am I looking for?
Consumer Protection Lawyer: LegalGems, Lawyer replied 2 months ago

No, one can self represent but that generally requires quite a bit of research to ensure the proper documents are submitted and the procedures are followed; some courts do have "clinics" or even self help facilitators to assist;

A general civil litigation attorney should be able to assist for scenario #2; for #1, a consumer protection attorney.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
I never authorized a $41 payment-only the $5
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I'm sorry- I am an individual contributor so I don't have access to your account to protect your privacy; please contact customer service and they should be able to assist you.

I hope the above information was helpful and that you feel I have earned a 5 star rating. Thank you and take care.

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What is customer service number
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