What happens when I pay off my car loan?

I have two payments left on my 60-month car loan and I’m pretty excited about the prospect of being debt-free. I’m also a little stumped. What actually happens when I pay off my car loan?

Answer
Paying off your car loan is a great feeling! And while it may be freeing, you aren’t in the clear yet. Once you’ve paid off your loan, remember to get a clear title and take care of your car insurance.
Once you pay off your loan, the car becomes 100% yours—so you’ll need to retitle your vehicle. Forty-one states require the lender to send you a lien release and all the necessary paperwork to retitle the car. Just fill it out, turn it in to the DMV, and they’ll give you a new title! In the other nine states, the process is the same—but you’ll need to ask your lender for the lien release.
When you pay off the loan, you also need to alert your car insurance company of the change. While this shouldn’t impact your premium, it’s a good opportunity to reassess your insurance needs.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 11, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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