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Lopez v. Reynoso
Citation:Court of Appeals of Washington, 2005. 118 P.3d 398.
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Stephany Lopez (Plaintiff) bought a used car from Ramon Reynoso (Defendant) pursuant to an installment sales contract. Defendant claims the sales price was $8,o00 if plaintiff agreed to pay a $2,000 down payment. Defendant insists that plaintiff wanted the sales contract to reflect that the car was $6,500, and she had put a $500 down. Defendant did not know why she wanted the contract to say this because she paid $2,000 on the day of the sale. Plaintiff was often late with the installment payments under the contract, and did not make the December 2001 payment. When plaintiff appeared at defendant’s office in January 2002 with a $250 payment, he refused it, claiming she owed him for two months. Subsequently, Defendant repossessed the car.
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