How do you stop your car from getting repossessed?

I know I’m behind on my car payments so I’m worried about my car getting repossessed. How do I stop the repo man from taking my car?

I’m sorry to hear that you’re in this situation. Falling behind on bills is incredibly stressful.
If you think your car may be repossessed, you should:
  • Get in contact with your lender as soon as you think you’re going to miss a payment. Although you’ve already fallen behind, it still couldn’t hurt to reach out. Because repossession is an expensive process, your lender may be willing to work with you to create a modified payment plan or even pause your payments.
  • Refinance your loan. When you choose to refinance, your new car loan will be used to pay off the existing one, and you’ll be able to start fresh. However, this is not a long-term solution if you plan to continue missing payments—only do this if you are confident that you can make your future payments.
  • Get caught up on your payments if your loan is in default but the lender hasn’t taken your vehicle yet. You may be able to reinstate your loan by paying off what you owe. However, you would have to discuss this with your lender as they are not required to allow you to do this.
  • Sell the car. Depending on how much you get for the vehicle, you may have enough to pay off the full loan and place a down payment on a new vehicle.
  • Surrender the car voluntarily to avoid damaging your credit score. If you know you can no longer make your payments, taking the car back to the lender of your own volition will spare you the stress of the vehicle being repossessed. You may even be able to bargain for a reduction in the amount you owe after the lender sells the car.
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Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Oct 21, 2021

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