No, it's NOT legal.
In Tennessee, a truck or car finance company can hire a repossession company to take your vehicle if you do not make payments and are in default. They are not able to break into a locked garage to take your vehicle and they cannot forcibly remove a person from behind the wheel of the car.
A repossession agency cannot enter a garage locked or otherwise to recover a vehicle unless the agent has a replevin (court) order to seize the vehicle. Additionally, a vehicle cannot be gifted in the usual sense, to another person unless there is a clear title, meaning the vehicle has been paid for in full and there are no lien holders. If the title is not in the person's name who has the vehicle, they do not own the vehicle.
Contact the lender and make arrangements for them to secure it. If it is discovered that you are assisting in hindering repossession, or when the vehicle is found to be in your possession, you could be criminally charged. This could vary from accessory to a felonious act to as serous as grand theft auto.
Yes it is and they can tow your car away if you are parked at work! * In the majority of US states a repossession agent cannot remove a vehicle from a garage locked or unlocked, closed or open unless the agent has a replevin or other type of court order.
When a debtor is behind on payments, NC law allows the lender to take possession of, or "repossess" the vehicle. A repo company on behalf of the lender can take the vehicle at anytime, anywhere that the vehicle is found and accessible. If the vehicle is in a locked fence or garage then the repo company cannot force entry to get to the vehicle.
While the debtor does not have to unlock the vehicle, turn over the keys, or allow the repossession agent access to the garage, purposely attempting to hide the vehicle can be considered a crime if the debtor does it with the intention of hindering a secured creditor from obtaining access to its rightful property. That said, the debtor is not obligated to assist the repossession agent in any way in obtaining the vehicle.
No. The repossession agency/agent can obtain a replevin order to be served on the person to whom the vehicle is registered and if said person(s) do not comply they can be held in contempt of a court order.
Not without a court order.
It is NOT legal to enter a garage in any state to repo a car, unless the repossession agent has a replevin order issued by the court that holds jurisdiction. Call a local attorney.
A garage is a noun meaning a place to store a vehicle.
No, repo persons can not enter your residence without permission and an attached garage is your property.