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How long does a dealer have to payoff a traded in vehicle?


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2015-07-15 19:33:57
2015-07-15 19:33:57

Not sure what the time limit(if any) is. CALL a local attorney ASAP. I have read of dealers getting caught NOT paying off loans yet selling cars again. It could be an honest mistake/oversight, no need to get stuck. Make the call just in case.


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Call a local attorney for state specific advice.

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As soon as the vehicle is paid in full.

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Why would a dealer ask for a car back? If you are referring to how long he has to repossess the vehicle after you stop making payments, the answer in most states is immediately.

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