What happens after you pay off your car loan?

I only have two months left until my car loan is paid off, and I’m curious. What happens when you pay off your car loan?

Answer
Paying off your car loan is a significant accomplishment, and you should feel proud!
Once the loan has been repaid, you have full ownership of the vehicle, and should:
  • Get your car title back. In many states, to get the title back, all you have to do is wait. The lender will take care of the paperwork to remove themselves as a lienholder, and you will receive and free and clear title in a few weeks. However, if you live in a non-title-holding state and currently possess the title, you’ll have to submit the lienholder release documents to the DMV yourself.
  • Notify your car insurance company that you no longer have a lienholder.
  • Shop around and review the types of coverage you need.
When you officially own the vehicle, you’ll no longer need to carry comprehensive and collision coverage. You can cute these from your policy, but it’s smart to keep to protect your car.
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Dec 01, 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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