Seeing your vehicle being dragged away on the hook of a tow truck can be very disheartening, especially when you rely on it to get you to and from work, or for your job. Creditors don't seem to have a lot of sympathy when it comes to the conundrum of "If I don't have a car, I can't make the money I need to pay you."
If your car hasn’t been repossessed:
If your car is in danger of repossession, then bankruptcy may be a good option. Filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy will cause the automatic stay to go into effect. The automatic stay prohibits your creditors from taking any action to collect on their debt. Repossessions are included and all repossession efforts must stop once a bankruptcy case is filed. The automatic stay is designed to give you a breathing period so that you can get your finances in order. If you propose to pay for the car in a chapter 13 plan and you can afford the payment, then the creditor will not be able to reposses the car during your entire bankruptcy case as long as you keep the car insured and make your bankruptcy payments on time.
If your car has already been repossessed:
Fortunately, you can sometimes get your car back by filing for bankruptcy. Finance companies have to wait 10 days before they sell your car or truck. If you contact us early enough within that 10-day window and start bankruptcy proceedings, we can stop the repossession process. If you wait past that 10-day window, we will usually be unable to retrieve your vehicle for you as it will have already been sold.
Vehicles that we have saved from the auction block include:
- Recreational vehicles
One exception to this rule is for title loans. If you have a title loan on your vehicle, then bankruptcy cannot be used to get your car back after a repossession. If you can has not been repossessed, the bankruptcy will stop the creditor from repossessing it once the case is filed.
Many people in today's economy are finding that they have bitten off more than they can chew, financially. You may have had an illness or injury that has affected your ability to work, you may have lost your job or may have had to take a pay cut just to keep your current position. More than 1.5 million people filed for bankruptcy last year to find relief from the constant pressure of being in debt. We have helped hundreds of people here in Mississippi wipe their slate clean so they can rebuild their credit and have a healthier financial outlook. We can help you too.