Vehicle Repossession Lawyers

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What is Vehicle Repossession?

When an individual purchases a vehicle on credit the creditor has significant rights involving that vehicle. If you fail to make monthly payments you might have creditors repossess your vehicle without notification. Vehicle repossession can occur up until the final payment is made.

Can a Creditor Seize My Car Immediately?

A creditor can seize your car as soon as you fail to make a payment. However, it depends on the contract that was signed between the creditor and the car owner. In certain circumstances if a creditor has promised to accept late payments they cannot seize your car immediately. Furthermore, a creditor cannot take your car by force because it would constitute a breach of peace. Creditors have no obligation to inform the vehicle owner of its intention to repossess the car.

Do I Have the Right to Sell My Car?

A creditor must notify you about the sale of a car. In addition, you have the right to have your car sold. If the vehicle is worth more than you paid it may be worth it to have the car sold because you can gain a profit.

Should I Talk with my Creditor?

Talking with your creditor is an important step because creditors have an incentive to allow car owners to make payments. Creditors might take the following steps:

What Should I Do if the Sale of My Car Doesn't Satisfy the Debt?

Frequently, many car sales don't satisfy the debt required. This is called a deficiency and the creditor still has the right to file a suit for the money still owed. It is imperative that if you owe deficiency payments you address it immediately because a judgment in court could leave your other assets vulnerable to creditors.

Should I Consult an Attorney?

An experienced attorney can help you to determine what rights and liabilities you may have with regards to vehicle repossession. In addition, an experienced attorney can guide you through the process of selling or repurchasing your car. If you owe a deficiency payment and are required to appear in court an attorney can also assist you in that process.

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Last Modified: 09-02-2011 03:06 PM PDT

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