How do I remove my name from a cosigned car loan?

I cosigned a car loan for my brother over a year ago, but now I want out. How do I get my name off the loan agreement?

“When you cosign a car loan, you assume responsibility for making the payments if the primary borrower has trouble making paying down their debt. Borrowers who have little credit history, or who have had credit problems in the past, may be asked to find a cosigner to bolster their application so the loan can be approved.
If you reconsider your decision to cosign a loan, getting your name removed can be cumbersome. There are three main ways to get this done:
  • Have the primary borrower obtain a cosigner release, which will remove your name from the loan. This is relatively rare, but it’s worth pulling out your loan documentation to see if it’s possible. Some minimum number of on-time payments is usually needed to qualify for this option.
  • Have the primary borrower refinance the loan in their name alone. This is most feasible if the loan has been open for a while and the payments have been consistently made on time, or if the primary borrower has had a significant increase in income.
  • Sell the car and pay off the loan. The newer the vehicle, the less likely it is that a private sale will cover the full amount owed. You would still be on the hook for whatever is left. “
Jim Donaher
Answered on Apr 07, 2021
Jim Donaher is a freelance writer and manager with over 35 years' experience in the insurance, banking, and investment management businesses. He provides expertise on a range of topics and is able to explain complex industry information in layman's terms. Jim is the author of two books, including Call Him, He's Home: A Guide to Prayer for Regular People and Then Larry Smiled, a novel about life, death, accountability, and salvation. Taormina, Sicily is his happy place!

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