What happens to your car loan if you die?

My brother is in poor health. I have no other siblings and my parents are deceased. What happens to my brother's car loan if he passes away?

Answer
Sorry to hear that your brother is in poor health, but maybe you can get a bit of solace by sorting out this car loan situation.
Unlike some other types of debt, a car loan is not forgiven upon death. Instead, it passes on to the estate of the deceased. Since you’re likely going to be the executor of the estate as you have no close relatives, you will have to decide on the vehicle.
You have two options:
  • Sell the car and use the proceeds to pay off the loan
  • Keep the car and assume the rest of the loan
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Answered on Nov 24, 2021
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