My guess is that they probably can still list a repo on your credit report. Normally you get a double-hit on your credit report when you surrender property in bankruptcy: you get hit with the bankruptcy (which knocks your credit score down by 75 to 150 points) and you get hit with a repo/foreclosure for the surrendered property.
Just because a debt is discharged in bankruptcy doesn't mean that it won't be listed on your credit report, it simply means the debt is no longer collectable. The credit report will continue to show the debt on your credit report and should list it as "discharged in bankruptcy." Similarly, if a person surrenders a home in bankruptcy, the foreclosure still goes on their credit, and if a person surrenders a car in their bankruptcy, it still shows up as a repo on the credit report. So, my guess is that a repossessed car, even one for which the debt was wiped out in bankruptcy and one that was not repossessed for some time after bankruptcy since voluntary payments were made for awhile, will still show on the credit report as a repo when it is ultimately repossessed.
I can't say this is a definitive answer, but this is how I think the process works.
Please note that nothing in this posting or in any other posting constitutes legal advice; this is simply my understanding of the facts, which I do not warrant, and I am not suggesting any course of action or inaction to any person.
No. But, the vehicle will become a repossession if payments are not made.
Your bankruptcy was not discharged, unless it was thrown out of court. Your debts were discharged. You can keep making the payments, find somebody who will take the car and make the payments, or call the lender to make a "voluntary repossession." You will then learn what a dumb move it was to buy the car, since you will be liable for any deficiency and you cannot file c. 7 again for 8 years.
A repo is a repo is a repo.
You can always make an offer, but its up to the lender whether its accepted.
They buy loans that are on their way to bankruptcy, repossession, or in a long state of defaulted payments. They are almost impossible to reach.
yes, as this would make it easier to obtain a judgment and/or wage garnishment for whatever is owed.
Bankruptcy doesn't "cover" anything. If you mean, can a criminal-court-ordered restitution be discharged so you don't have to pay it, probably not. Lawyers are trained to argue issues for their clients, so you might find a lawyer who can convince the bankruptcy court it should be discharged.
Depending on your state... a car that is included in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy cannot be repossed. The Bankruptcy laws protect you from repossession. Just as long as you are in Chapter 13 and are making payments to the Trustee, your car cannot be repossessed.
On the surface, no. As long as you have not defaulted on the loan contract, there is no reason for repossession. The lender wants your money, not your car.
There are certain categories of debt that will not be discharged under any bankruptcy scheme. Past due child support, alimony payments, and other debts resulting from divorce settlement agreements or divorce decrees are included in this category and you will still be held responsible for them regardless.
Talk to the lienholder to see what they want you to do. You might be able to renegotiate the payments. As a worst case scenario, you could do a voluntary repossession, which at least saves you from having to pay the repo fees.