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need help in understanding the case of Commercial Credit Company v. Childs Appellant brought suit in replevin against appellee in the circuit court

need help in understanding the case of Commercial Credit Company v. Childs

Appellant brought suit in replevin against appellee in the circuit court of Cleveland county to recover a Dodge automobile which it alleged was sold to appellee by Arkansas Motors, Inc., under a sales contract which provided that appellee would pay the sum of $26 per month on the purchase price of said car for a period of eighteen months and that the title to the car should remain in the seller until fully paid for and upon failure to make said monthly payments the seller could retake the car and declare the contract forfeited.

It was also alleged that appellant bought said note and contract for a valuable consideration before maturity with all the rights and interest of the Arkansas Motors, Inc.; that appellee has failed to comply with the provisions of the contract and note and, under the provisions thereof, he has forfeited his right to retain possession of the automobile and that appellant is entitled under the accelerating clause in said contract and note to the immediate possession of the automobile and damages for the detention thereof.

Appellee filed an answer to the complaint and a cross-complaint against the Arkansas Motors, Inc., and obtained service on it, but the Arkansas Motors, Inc., filed no answer thereto.

Appellee interposed several defenses, the main defense being that he exchanged an automobile of the agreed value of $175, as a down payment, for the car in question and executed a note and sales contract for the balance of the purchase money on the representation of the Arkansas Motors, Inc., through its authorized agent, that the car in question was worth $547 and that it was in first class condition or mechanical order, which representation was falsely and fraudulently made to *Page 1075 induce him to make the exchange and sign the note and contract, and, believing the false and fraudulent representation was true and relying upon same as true, he made the exchange and signed the note and contract.

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