How soon can a car be repoed after filing chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Because of the "automatic stay", which goes into affect as soon as a Bankruptcy is filed, your car cannot be re-possessed while the Bankruptcy is in progress (unless the creditor files a motion with the court asking for relief from the automatic stay). However, as soon as the Bankruptcy is discharged or closed - which occurs approximately 6 months after it is filed - the car can be re-possessed.