What action can the creditor take to repossess a vehicle in the state of Oregon?


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2004-12-09 14:43:23
2004-12-09 14:43:23

This is a 5 question answer rolled into one. They can repossess collateral as long as there is NO BREACH OF PEACE. 79.0609 UCC 9-609. Secured party’s right to take possession after default. (1) After default, a secured party: (a) May take possession of the collateral; and (b) Without removal, may render equipment unusable and dispose of collateral on a debtor’s premises under ORS 79.0610. (2) A secured party may proceed under subsection (1) of this section: (a) Pursuant to judicial process; or (b) Without judicial process, if it proceeds without breach of the peace. (3) If so agreed, and in any event after default, a secured party may require the debtor to assemble the collateral and make it available to the secured party at a place to be designated by the secured party which is reasonably convenient to both parties. [2001 c.445 §107] xxxxxxxxxx 164.135 Unauthorized use of a vehicle. (1) A person commits the crime of unauthorized use of a vehicle when: (c) Having custody of a vehicle, boat or aircraft pursuant to an agreement with the owner thereof whereby such vehicle, boat or aircraft is to be returned to the owner at a specified time, the person knowingly retains or withholds possession thereof without consent of the owner for so lengthy a period beyond the specified time as to render such retention or possession a gross deviation from the agreement. 2) Unauthorized use of a vehicle, boat or aircraft is a Class C felony.


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In most states it is possible for the action depending on the exemption status of the vehicle and how it is titled.

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Yes. Once the lending agreement is in default the lender may take whatever action they choose in recovering the monies owed. It is a misconception that by making a partial or token payment the creditor will not be able to assert their legal rights. The lender can accept the payment, still repossess the vehicle or pursue litigation.

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This would be determined by the terms of the loan agreement and the applicable local laws. Within the loan agreement there should be reference to the action that can be taken to repossess the car should non-payment arise.

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Possession is 9/10th of the law. Not if the vehicle qualified to be listed in the bankruptcy filing. In which case no action pertaining to the vehicle can be taken until the bankruptcy proceedings are finished.

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Not sure what is intended by "clear" but whether or not the vehicle can be seized depends upon a couple of issues. The most important one being how the vehicle is titled. If the names on the title are separated by the word "or" then each person has total ownership of the vehicle and may take whatever action they choose without the other owner being a part of it. That would mean the vehicle could be subject to seizure by a judgment creditor. If the names are separted by the word "and" the vehicle is owned jointly and no action including creditor judgment can be taken without the consent of the other owner. The other issue is whether or not the vehicle is protected by the exemption laws in the state where it is registered.

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