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Is the cosigner the only one responsible on the loan?


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Answered 2006-06-05 01:38:34

The primary borrower is responsible for making the payments and adhering to the terms of the lending contract. The cosigner is legally obligated only if the primary borrower defaults on the lending agreement or files bankruptcy (chapter 7).

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How can one remove a cosigner from an equity loan if the cosigner is not on the first mortgage title?

The title has nothing to do with the loan. The loan will need to be refinanced using a different cosigner or only the primary borrowers.


Can a cosigner for a loan be relinquished from repaying the loan?

Only one way, have the borrower consolidate the loans without you being a cosigner. Then the original loans are paid off, and a new loan is made in only the borrowers name.


I just bought a new car but two days later the dealership called and said i need a cosigner I found one and they have very good credit should my APR and monthly payment go down with a cosigner?

No because you applied for the loan with YOUR credit. For whatever reason (you have the right to find out why) the dealership decided you were too big of a risk to be granted the loan you requested. The purpose of the cosigner is that in case you mess up your cosigner will be responsible for the loan.


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If you cosign an auto loan for someone and they refinance in one year and remove you from the loan how will that affect your credit assuming all payments are made on time?

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After cosigning on an auto loan and that car is traded in are you still the cosigner on the new vehicle?

No. You are only cosigner on the one vehicle you signed for. All bets are off once the car is traded.


Can your cosigner refinance your car without your permission?

No. As the one who originally took out the loan, they cannot refinance your car loan without your permission. The only thing they can do (and have to do) is to pay your payments if you default on the loan.


Is it possible to obtain a student loan without a cosigner?

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When a loan is in default does the lender have to notify the cosigner?

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If two people are listed on title of car and person on loan defaults is other person responsible?

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Can a person with bad credit get a loan with a cosigner with good credit?

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Can a cosigner be added to a loan?

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If parents of a student that needs a loan cosigner are divorced can both parents be used as cosigners so that one is not solely responsible in the event of default?

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What happens when my cosigner doesn't want to be my cosigner anymore?

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That is exactly why the lender insisted on a cosigner. They didn't believe the borrower could/would make the payments. Cosigning means "I will pay if he/she doesn't." You are certainly responsible for the actions of primary to the extent of the loan....but consider after that it will be situational on what other liability could extend to you - certainly those are situations no one would want to be in! A cosigner is only needed because the primary doesn't have adequate credit rating/history for the needed loan. Hence, the cosigner needs to have credit good enough to qualify for the loan, and secure enough that they can risk much of what they have historically established for likely no real benefit - on someone others won't risk anything for, even with a possible very good business gain. Understand, being a cosigner is essentially the exact same as getting a loan - the cosigner is just as liable as if he got the loan on his own..in fact he needs to be more responsible. He now has to take on the obligations of the primary too, if needed, likely without the control, posession or benefit of what was purchased. Which is to say, if someone buys something for themselves, on their own credit, and then loses their job (or whatever) and has problems paying, they can sell the item and pay off (all/much of) the obligation. For many reasons, a cosigner may not be able to. And let me be clear, it is frequently shown that people who are irresponsible about their own credit (regardless of why it got that way) are even more irresponsible about others credit and obligations -- and this extends to obligations like those that come with owning/maintaining things. Things that may have your name connected to them.


Can the cosigner for a car get off the lease and do they have rights to sell the car?

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How soon can you remove your name as a cosign for a house?

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What is the difference on a car loan between a coowner and a cosigner?

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What is the risk to be a co signer on a leased car?

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What happens when two people sign for a loan but only one is on the deed?

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If you are the one that's loaning the money, then you may. Otherwise, you cannot pre-apply for a loan and then have someone else take the loan. Loans are approved or denied based on the prospective lessee, and you might have a different credit score than the person that wants the loan. The only way that you can use your own info to apply for a loan or get one pre-approved is if you intend to be a cosigner on the loan, but then you need the other person's information...


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