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AnswerThe exact laws and procedures vary from state to state, but the lender's lien on the vehicle will remain in full force and effect. If the payments aren't made, the lender can repossess the vehicle. It also depends on what the will says about the vehicle. It might be given to a relative, who would have to make the payments to keep the car. It might be sold to pay off debts, but the lender would get paid first. These are just some, but not all of the possibilities.

In most cases, when a person has a loan on a car and the person dies, the note is "accelerated", meaning that it automatically becomes payable in full immediately even if there are months and even years remaining before it has to be paid. The promissory note will state this in its terms. The note will have to be paid by whichever beneficiary or beneficiaries receive the car by will or by intestate succession, or, if they do not want the car, it can be sold to someone else to pay off the loan.

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Q: What happens to a car loan when the owner dies?
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If the primary borrower on a cosigned car lease dies. what happens to the car?

The person who's name is on the Title is the owner of the car.

What happens when a co signer dies and you stop paying on car loan?

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That depends on what you're asking. Who filed bankruptcy? The owner of the car or the owner (holder) of the car loan? Did you co-sign on the loan? If you co-signed on the loan and the other signer files for bankruptcy, yes you are liable for the loan. If the owner (holder) of the car loan files for bankruptcy, you are still liable to the owner's creditors (and you need to find out who they are so you can get the lien released).

Can a car be repossessed if the owner dies before the first payment is due?

The car can be repossessed. The estate is responsible to return the vehicle and resolve the lease or loan.

What happens to the car and title if primary person on car loan dies and the secondary person has survived?

The estate has to settle the title. The secondary person can be held responsible for the loan until it is resolved.

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What happens if a relative cosigns for a business loan and he dies?

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What happens when your husband dies leaving an outstanding car loan?

The lending institution can place a claim for payment against the estate.

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You are still respnsible for paying should the borrower die.

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The only way you will get off the loan is to pay it off. If the other owner died, then you are now solely responsible for the loan.

Can you Lease a car from someone with a loan on the car?

No. In my experience and from what I've read, it is not wise to lease a car from someone with a loan. They can still be held responsible for the car if anything happens to it. If you cannot afford to make the payments and the bank comes to collect the car, and the owner does not have it, they can be arrested.

Can primary owner refinance a car loan without consent from co-owner?

A primary owner cannot refinance a car loan without consent from the co-owner. Both parties must agree to the action.

What happens to a car loan when the borrower dies and has no will or power of attorney and her kids are left without any documents stating they can now have the car?

The car is still subject to the loan, so the bank has control. Typically the bank will sell the car and pay off the loan, anything remaining would go to her estate.

Does the car insurance pay the debt when the owner dies?

Normal car insurance Liability, Collision, & Comprehensive will not pay off the loan. You would need to get the proper insurance for this purpose. Either life insurance or insurance for the purpose of loan payment.

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The loan must be paid out of the estate (sell of home, life insurance policy, etc...) Otherwise, the estate will be held up in litigation and will not be closed or the beneficiaries will be forced to pay the loan.

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There are a number of ways of resolving it. Any loan against the car has to be resolved. If it was a lease, it could be returned to the title holder.

Bought a car now told its on finance Am i the legal owner?

you took a loan to finace the car from the dealer- the bank holds the title to your car- you are the owner and respondsilbe to pay the loan or the bank or fiance companmy can reposses your car

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If you're an owner, it doesn't matter if you're not on the loan.

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If a person sells a car and allows you to pay on installments but the person you bought the car from dies and there is no will what happens to the balance of the loan for the car?

It is paid to the estate of that person and is used to pay his unpaid debts or given to his heirs.

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