Can I trade in my car with a title loan on it?

I want to trade my car, but it has a title loan on it. Can I still trade it in with a title loan?

Answer
Yes, you can trade your car in if you have equity on it. Having equity means that you might still owe money on your title loan, but what you would get for the trade would be worth more than that.
When you trade in your car, the dealer pays off the last of your loan. Any money left after paying off the loan would be put towards your new car.
If, however, you have negative equity, then you’re probably upside down on your loan. You can still trade in your car if you’re willing to pay off the remaining balance of your loan. In other words, if your loan is for $15,000 and you can trade your car in for $13,000, you’d be responsible for the remaining $2,000.
As title loans are risky, you’ll want to speak with your lender before deciding to trade in your car. There may be special terms and conditions surrounding your loan, which can limit your options.
If you can trade in your car, make sure you have the proper car insurance coverage on your new car! Before adding your new car to your current policy, consider shopping around for new insurance quotes. You can do this yourself or try Jerry.
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Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 02, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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