Will Bankruptcy Stop my Car From Being Repossessed?

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Bankruptcy Stop my Car: According to The Washington Post; “A record 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments,” February 2019. That title says it all. In other words, if you file for bankruptcy and haven’t paid your car payments, but you still want to keep your car, you are not alone.

The Credit Union Journal has a recent article in the May 2019 issue titled; “By avoiding subprime auto loans, are credit unions shunning their roots?” It turns out that auto loan defaults are once again at all-time highs. This is a problem nationwide for lenders, and not just locally here in Ventura County or Los Angeles County.

Will Bankruptcy Stop my Car From Being Repossessed

There are legal remedies that you can implement to prevent your car from being repossessed. Many consumers don’t realize that under both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Law you can temporarily prevent your lender from repossessing the car. This is because during bankruptcy proceedings, the court issues an “Automatic Stay” that prohibits and prevents the lender from repossessing your car.

The lender can ask the court to remove the ‘automatic stay’ and if the court agrees, the lender can take possession of the car anyway, but this temporary stay may be all it takes to get the lender’s attention to work. with you and your attorney on a modified payment plan.

The best way to deal with this situation is to be in contact with your car lender, and it is better to do it through a bankruptcy attorney, it carries more weight. It also prevents the lender from trying to intimidate you. Your attorney can renegotiate the terms and help you establish a new payment structure, which will allow you to keep your car in bankruptcy.

Consider if you want lenders to not want to repossess cars, they are not in the auto business, they are in the loan business, they just want to get paid, based on the original agreement. If they realize that this is not going to happen, they will weigh their options and consider what is best for them. Perhaps a reduced interest rate, reduced balance, or renegotiated terms are better for the lender than a salvaged used car with a low resale market value due to wear and tear and depreciation. Face it, lenders don’t want to lose more money than is absolutely necessary.

Another important point that you must remember; The ‘automatic stay of bankruptcy’ is only temporary, and if you haven’t made the payments on time, once your case is closed, you can expect the lender to demand the return of the car or to get it back. Also note that the suspension is only valid during bankruptcy proceedings, which for Chapter 7 lasts for about 3 months or so.

What is the best way to prevent a car repossession during bankruptcy proceedings?

  • Make payments
  • Get back your late payment
  • Make a payment plan, ask the court to approve it
  • Stay in touch with the lender through your attorney.
  • Ask for help maybe paying interest for just a couple of payments
  • Renegotiate the car loan
  • Ask the court if you can buy your car back for its fair market value (Trade in your car under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Law).
  • Ask Your Bankruptcy Attorney About “ Reduction ” Strategies In Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

What can you do if your car is repossessed before your bankruptcy filing date?

Ask your bankruptcy attorney to help you develop a payment plan so that the lender can receive late payments. If this has happened to you, and your car has already been repossessed, don’t delay. Call Your Bankruptcy Attorney Now! That is probably the best advice of all.

Summing everything up!

You need to know your rights and understand your lender’s motivations. You need a good solid bankruptcy attorney to work for you, one who has dealt with the local lenders here in Ventura and Los Angeles County. An attorney who succeeds and has decades of experience. With the right strategy, you can keep your car, avoid humiliation, and avoid losing your transportation. After all, we live in California and you need a car.

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