Can you keep your car loan if you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

I need to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but I don’t want to lose my car loan as a result. Can I keep my car loan even after filing for bankruptcy? Or will I have to liquidate it as part of the bankruptcy process?

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Bankruptcy can be a difficult, confusing process. But try not to worry! You may be allowed to keep the car after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
That being said, you must have enough expendable money to continue paying your car loan, and you’ll need to be up-to-date on your payments. Depending on your situation, you may even be able to *negotiate a discounted equity, which allows you to keep the car and pay less on the remaining debt.
Unfortunately, bankruptcy puts you in a precarious position—so any late payments could lead to your car being repossessed.
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Answered on Nov 19, 2021
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