How can a cosigner be removed from a car loan?

What do I need to do to remove a cosigner from my car loan? My dad cosigned on my car loan when I was under financial distress. Now, I’m doing better, and I want to remove him from the loan.

Answer
Great job getting your finances in order! Unfortunately, you usually can’t remove cosigners from your loan. However, you may be able to remove your father from the loan if your agreement includes a cosigner release clause.
Some lenders will include a brief clause in your agreement that allows you to remove cosigners. Since some loan agreements won’t include such clauses, contact your lender and ask about their policies on cosigners. If you can’t remove him from your car loan, you could also try refinancing.
Since refinancing involves taking out a new loan with different conditions, it isn’t exactly taking someone off your loan. However, you can apply for the new loan without a cosigner, and you could get better terms and a lower interest rate. If you still don’t have stellar credit, wait for your score to improve before you refinance—so you can get a better loan.
For help finding a lender to refinance, try the Jerry app. A licensed broker, the Jerry app can help you find and compare lenders that best suit your needs. That way, you can make an informed decision before settling on a new loan.
Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 08, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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