Under the common law of Alabama, conversion is "the wrongful exercise of dominion over property" in which the plaintiff has "the immediate right to possession." The Merritts bought an automobile from Bernie Hughes Lincoln Mercury. The Merritts had many problems with the automobile. One problem, damage to the tires, was caused by defective construction. This problem was subject to a rebate program from Ford, which granted the Merritts a refund. The dealer made the claim for the rebate to Ford, and Ford sent the funds to the dealer. When the check arrived, the dealer was to notify the customer. But instead of giving the check to the Merritts, the dealer cashed the check and applied the funds to the amount the Merritts owed on their account for repairs. In the Merritts's action for conversion of the funds, the court most likely found that the dealer was:
a. not liable for conversion, because the dealer did not realize the rebate check had been delivered.
b. not liable for conversion, because the Merritts were not entitled to the rebate check.
c. liable for conversion, because the dealer wrongfully withheld the Merritts's rebate check.
d. liable for conversion, because it was a car dealer.