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In the state of Texas can the lender repo your vehicle if your auto insurance lasped for 4 months you was told you had to pay full insurance coverage or vehicle will be repoed can they?

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2008-02-27 10:20:20
2008-02-27 10:20:20

Yes they can repo if they catch the insurance lapse. Most financed vehicles have a Full Coverage clause that you signed and agreed to when you contracted to finance the vehicle.

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