Home / Auto News / News article: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Sold to Man With Dementia by Crooked Dealer - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Mar 20 2012, 1:31 PM

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Most of the time, bringing a new car home is an exciting occasion. It was quite the opposite for one California woman when her 70-year-old husband with dementia pulled up in a new Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.

Ed Dowdall, who is legally separated from his wife Amy, lives in a constant-care facility but back in December when the incident occurred, he lived with his brother. Dowdall left during a discussion about where he would be moved for more constant care and drove to North Bay Nissan in Petaluma, California. Upon arrival, he proceeded to trade his Nissan Altima Hybrid for a Murano CrossCabriolet.

When Dowdall pulled up in the driveway, his wife informed the salesman of his condition and that he was in no position to buy the car, let alone licensed to drive it. Despite that, the sale went through — apparently because Wells Fargo, the lender, had already closed. Wells Fargo denied this.

Options included, Dowdall spent $62,130 on the car. He also apparently paid for about $10,000 worth of dealer add-ons.

His wife, who has power of attorney over him, is trying to have the sale reversed because she can’t afford the $923-per-month payments and is also trying to prove elder abuse in the case.

GALLERY: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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[Source: Press Democrat]