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How do you sell a car if you have a loan on it but it is worth more than you still owe?


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2015-07-15 19:16:57
2015-07-15 19:16:57

First subtract the amount owed on the vehicle from the value of the car. Sell the car for this amount, then have the buyer take over the loan.

This involves paperwork with your current Dealership, DMV, and of course a bank or credit union.


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If you're upside down, they will look to you for the difference after.

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You cant. The loan in your name must be paid off by you. So if you plan to make any money off your car you will want to sell it for more then what is still owed.

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If the car is worth less than you owe on it, you can try to get an unsecured loan from a local credit union or a local bank. You could also try to ask whatever financial institution has your car loan for an unsecured loan for whatever the car doesn't bring when you sell it.

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If you car is finance, there is a lien against it by the bank or loan company. This Lien will have to be removed, which means that the balance owed on the vehicle has to be paid in full in order to get a clear title to sell the car. You are "upside-down" on your car loan ... where you owe more than it is worth or can be sold for. You need the permission of the loan company to sell the car ... you can't sell it without the title, and the company that holds the title (aka pink slip) also holds the note for the loan that you are paying back monthly. You will need to pay the balance of the loan regardless of what price you could sell it for. In this case, you will be handing over a large sum of money just to sell the car ... best thing to do is just keep it.

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If you can get enough out of the car to pay off the loan then just sell it. If you are upside down on the loan, they that presents a real problem. You may have to just sit on the car until you pay off enough of the loan to be able to sell it an get enough to pay off the loan. You could also sell it and take out another loan that will cover the deficiency, but that may not be a good decision if you are financially strapped.

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