If your car is repossessed what do you do?

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While I know that everyone who has it happen to them "must" be the exception, the sad fact is that cars are not repossesed unless payments are substantially in arrears.

Given how much money is past due, and given the costs, time and hassle the creditor was made to go through to get your vehicle, it is unlikely that they wish to let you have it back.

However, if you call them (the finance company, not the repo men) and ask what it would take to get your car back, they may have some conditions, which if you agree to, will let you have your car back. Or they may just not wish to deal with you any more, which is their right.

If they agree to let you have it back under conditions, this will most likely be the payment of the arrears, and additional fees to cover their costs, or, if you are very lucky, a complete refinancing in which all that is put into your new - and larger - monthly payments. I doubt you'll be that lucky, though.

So call them. If their deal is something you can afford, go with that. If it is not, then start looking for a new car. Well, "new" to you, that is. It is doubtful that an auto finance company will wish to underwrite you again with a repo on your credit history. You'll have to get a used one, and one you can afford without a loan.

This is where a moderately well off brother-in-law comes in handy. I hope you have one.
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