How do you pay off a car title loan?

I took out a car title loan a little over a month ago, and I could barely make the first payment. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up with future payments, and I don’t want to lose my car. What’s the best way to pay off a car title loan?

Answer
I’m relieved to hear you were able to make your first payment and keep your vehicle! That said, car title loans are notoriously difficult to pay off, so you’re not alone in this struggle. Fortunately, paying off the car title loan is manageable by cutting expenses, refinancing, or using alternative types of debt.
To pay off your car title loan and make repayment more manageable, you can:
  • Negotiate with the lender. Lenders are not obligated to negotiate with you, but if you are struggling to repay, the first thing you should do is speak with them.
  • Refinance. If the lender isn’t willing to negotiate or the payments are still too high, you can refinance the title loan. With a refinanced loan, a new lender takes over the debt and offers better terms and a more favorable APR.
  • Pay with a credit card. Credit cards often have lower interest rates than car title loans, and you won’t have to worry about losing your vehicle.
  • Consult a debt management organization. Many of these nonprofit agencies can help negotiate with your creditors and set you up on a repayment plan you can afford.
Not all refinance lenders or debt management organizations are the same, so shop around and compare multiple offers before signing any agreement.
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Nov 30, 2021
Jack is an insurance specialist and writer living in Buffalo, New York. He has a BA from Union College and worked as an insurance agent with Jerry before joining our content team. He enjoys using data and research to break down complex subjects and convey a story. In his spare time, Jack enjoys cycling, cooking, and exploring Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront.
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