Rewritten contract or backdating fraud happens when a dealership has you sign a new contract for the purchase or lease of a vehicle, and then backdates the newer contract to the date of the first contract. Quite often a backdated contract will be in conjunction with a spot delivery or Yo-Yo financing scam where the dealership led you to believe that your deal was finalized, only to call you back at a later date to change the structure of your agreement.
A dealership might choose to backdate a contract for convenience, or because the lender’s acceptance of the deal was based on the original sale date, but more often than not it is because the dealer has found a way to make more money and needs to rewrite the contract so that they can pocket the extra profit. Regardless of the reason, backdating a contract is illegal. Using any date other than the physical date that the new contract is signed on violates several consumer protection laws and quite often will entitle the buyer to either monetary damages or a full recession of their contract including a refund of all monies paid to the dealer.
If you have a rewritten contract where the dealer backdated the second contract to the date of the first contract, then give us a call at 213-282-2000 or fill out our FREE Case Evaluation Form and one of our CA Dealer Fraud Attorneys will review your case to discuss what legal options are available to you.