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Can a person voluntarily return a car to the bank to avoid repossession?

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2007-02-03 00:01:06
2007-02-03 00:01:06

That is a repossession. Anytime the lender get's the car back instead of the money agreed to on the contract, it's a repossession. It will show as a voluntary repossession. And hurts the credit. Doing it does not relieve you of any deficiency between the amount the car gets sold by the bank for and the amount you owe. However, you would save many of the costs that the bank would have to expend, (fee's, towing, etc.,) that would become part of the amount you owe (hence make that possible deficiency bigger) in a "normal" repossesion. It is definately better, ABSOLUTELY ALWAYS, to co-operate, even work with the lender if you cannot make payments and would end up with an involuntary repossession. And when you do this "possession in lieu of forced repossession", you may be able to get them to agree to any number of things: Perhaps even waiving any deficiency; very possibly along with allowing you some time to sell it yourself - which is cheaper to all than having to have a broker and such involved, and can get substantially more for the car than it being sold in a bankers wholesale auction.

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That is called voluntary repossession. You will be required to pay the difference in what the lender sells the vehicle for and the balance on the note after that amount is applied to the loan. You did avoid repossession fees by voluntarily turning the car in. Your credit will also show this repossession for 7 years.

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First off you will be required to pay the repossession fees unless you voluntarily turned the car in. Secondly you will be required to pay the deficiency. The deficiency is the difference in the amount the lender sells the car for and the amount you owe. Let's say you owe $10,000 and they sell the car for $8,000. That leaves you owing the lender $2,000. Thirdly this repossession will be placed on your credit report and will stay there for 7 years. Repossession should be the last resort after you have talked to the lender and done all you can to avoid this. Sell the car to another individual even if you have to sell it for less than it is worth, then pay the lender the deficiency out of your pocket to avoid repossession. Have someone take over the payments. Whatever it takes to avoid this.

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Of course the best way to avoid repossession is to stay current with your payments. If that is not possible, don't just ignore it. Call you bank or loan company and explain the problem. Quite often you can reach an agreement that will forestall repossession.

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Credit will be ruined for 7 years. You will also pay the difference in what the lender sells the car for and the balance on the note, and possibly the repossession fees. Avoid this if at all possible. Talk to the lender and see if you can work this out.

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A repossession on your credit is NOT GOOD. Avoid it if there's anyway possible. You say the car is SOLELY in your name?? GO GET IT and sell it.


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