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How do you do a voluntary car repo with a credit union if you have a co-signer?


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2010-03-16 15:32:59
2010-03-16 15:32:59

The proper and best way is to talk with the co-signor FIRST. A repo will affect their credit as much as yours. Talk to them about selling the car yourself. You should get much more for it than the CU will so it will cut your losses somewhat. This will have to be done in agreement with the credit union. Talking to the co-signor AND the CU will make things a lot easier for all involved.

If you have taken the steps above and still find that you have to surrender the vehicle, contact the credit union and make arrangements to surrender the vehicle at a credit union branch. By doing this, you would be able to get written receipt for the vehicle returned to the credit union. This could prevent you charged for "repossession fees".

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YES, on a CR, a repo is a repo.

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For Experian, a voluntary repossession will remain on your credit report for seven years from the original delinquency date of the debt.

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A voluntary reposession reports on your credit report as a loss. The car company with take the car back and credit a portion of the balance which the owner/leaser still needs to pay on. The creditor will place the "voluntary Reposession" on credit bureau. All in all it will be reported as a charge off debt. If the original owner/leaser doesnt pay the remainder he/she can/will be collected from and could face legal action. A repo is a repo voluntary or not. Ruins your credit for 7 years. What generally happens is that it will be reported on your credit as a repossession. When you go for financing on something else, the repo will pop up and the potential lender will call the lender who reported the repo. When they find out it was a voluntary, it may actually lessen some of the blow of having a repo. But, yes, a repo is a repo.


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