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Repossessed Cars Info

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The majority of Americans and Brits rely heavily on their vehicles. This involves driving to and from work, picking up children from school, visiting your local store for food shopping and many other day-to-day activities. It’s something we take for granted, in reality life without your car can prove to be a huge burden. If you are unable to make repayments on your car, it may become repossessed. This can also happen for failure to make car insurance repayments in certain US states.

Once you sign a purchase contract for your vehicle, the finance organisation or creditor has rights on the car until all payments are made or when the contract ends. This contract will vary from state to state but typically a failure to fulfil the contract could result in car repossession. The creditor is not under obligation to provide any advanced warning and they have the ability to take the vehicle at any time. This can be carried out without a court appearance. The creditor also has the right to make a sale of the vehicle to a third party in order to recoup losses. Often this may be done at a cut price in order for the finance company to recoup losses and use the income against your debt. You will then be liable to pay any outstanding money following the vehicle sale. This figure will be the purchase price minus any payments you made plus the amount recouped following the sale of the car.

Repossessing the Carrepossessed cars
Depending on the state you are in, the law will vary on seizing your car. In a number of states, the finance company has the right to take the vehicle as soon as a payment is defaulted. This often comes as surprise to many car owners who go to drive the vehicle but then find out that the car has actually been repossessed.

Many creditors are more sympathetic and they will look to try and assist you based on your circumstances. It could be that they decide to provide you with a new payment plan, which meets your requirements. It’s important to get any new payments plans in writing from your creditor as a verbal agreement may not stand.

In the majority of US states, the finance company has the right to come on to your property to repossess your vehicle. This can be carried out without them having to provide you with any advanced notice. The creditor must follow guidelines when carrying out the repossession, they are not able to use any physical force or threaten to use force. They are also unable to remove the car from a garage which is closed without obtaining consent from you.

The creditor has the right to claim for any expenses incurred as additional charges following a repossession, however during the repossession if the guidelines are not met and the repo man carries out a “breach of the peace” then the creditor may be liable to pay penalties or provide compensation if there is any damage done to you or your property.

The creditor also has no rights to any of your personal possessions which are left in the vehicle following repossession. Often a repo man will provide an inventory of items which were in the vehicle when it was repossessed. Failure to recover any items can allow you to claim for them back, a lawyer may be able to assist with this process.

In certain states, creditors fit a vehicle with a device which will disable the engine rather than physically repossessing the car. This is often considered as being the same as a repossession.

Selling Your Repossessed Car
Once a car has been repossessed, the finance company has the right to sell the vehicle in order to recover losses from the loan amount. The car can be sold privately or often will end up in a public auction. This is a good place for people to buy cheap repossessed cars. In certain states, the creditor must provide you with information on what will happen with the vehicle once it has been repossessed. Certain laws also require a finance company provides you with details of the location and time of the repossessed cars for sale so that you are able to go to the auction and take part in the auction process. This gives vehicle owners the opportunity to bid for their vehicle following the repossession. Certain states operate with consumer laws which provide an owner with the ability to “reinstate” their loan by paying any defaulted payments plus any costs incurred from repossession of the vehicle. This means that you have the ability to buy back your vehicle and then continue making repayments as per the contract.

It’s important to remember that the creditor has an obligation to obtain a fair price for a vehicle once it is sold. Failure to sell a vehicle at a reasonable price can give you the opportunity to make a claim against the creditor, but they also have the right to sell it at market value, don’t expect them to get a high price. Often the price will be low as they look to make a quick sale.

Resources such as Repossessed Cars are an excellent source of advice and free information in order to help you avoid repossession. It’s important to remember that a creditor is much more likely to try and help the repossession taking place if you speak to them early on. Once the vehicle has been repossessed, it is always much harder to get them to cooperate. They may be willing to provide leniency or help you and prevent car repossession, however you can expect your credit score to be affected.

Finding Repossessed Car Auctions UK

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

During these hard times brought about by the worldwide economic downturn, the virtue of the moment has to be frugality, something we seem to have lost way back during the middle ages or the great depression of the 1920s in the U.S.A. Since a car purchase has to be one of the major decisions in one’s economic life, it may be wise these days to consider purchasing repossessed cars and joining repossessed car auctions as a most practical and smart alternative.

What is a car repossession anyway? Whenever a car owner defaults or fails to make on-time loan or lease payments for whatever reason, the bank or finance company may opt to take back or repossess the vehicle, a standard clause or stipulation written into every financing contract. There will be some grace period allowed but eventually when it’s clear that the buyer cannot catch up on his installment payments, it’s repossession time – the bank or lending company’s repossession procedures take over. The rest, as they say, is history. The repossessed car is sold to recover the loan balance, including towing and storage charges,as well as professional fees for the repo company that recovered the vehicle. Where does the car end up next? More than likely in a repossessed cars auction.

Many who have taken the opportunity will swear that visiting auctions could mean savings of as much as 80% on one’s tight budget. What is more, with the convenience of online shopping nowadays, looking for repossessed cars and joining car auctions have given new meaning to the term “let your fingers do the walking.” Now, it’s more like your fingers doing the “clicking” on your computer mouse.

Where to find repossessed vehicles? There are of course any number of ways. Going online nowadays is the most convenient. If you are looking to buy repossessed cars on the internet we would highly recommend Government Auctions UK. This site has agreements with auctioneers and police services to sell repossessed cars. It is by far the best option on the web with legitimate deals being closed daily. Or, you could also simply contact your neighborhood bank, finance companies, credit unions in your area or even some local auction company and ask about auction locations, rules and schedules.

Another advantage of dealing with repossessed car auctions is that you will invariably be dealing with reputable banks and financing companies. Hence, you will be spared the proverbial “hard sell” that used-car dealers are notorious for. These finance institutions have a reputation to protect and are not likely to engage in cheap tricks just to turn in a fast buck.

It goes without saying of course that as with any major purchase, the buyer has to proceed with caution. Caveat emptor is as old as the Romans – let the buyer beware. Since you are buying a used item, a highly complex machine at that, you have to know a little bit about cars or consult with somebody knowledgeable. There will not be the usual dealer or manufacturer’s warranties that usually go with a brand-new purchase. It’s strictly an “as-is, where-is” deal or a take-it-or-leave-it affair. So do your homework on repossessed car auctions. Frugality does not mean getting a bargain for bargain’s sake. After all, you don’t want to go home being penny-wise and pound-foolish.

Visit our article resource and find further free information on repossessed cars.

Get Your Repossessed Car Back

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

People in America will have no fear about getting their car repossessed thanks to the Spike TV network. Vehicle owners who find themselves the victim of car repossession will be given the opportunity to win back their repossessed car courtesy of a brand new tv gameshow due to hit screens in April 2011.

“Repo Games” will provide car owners the chance to win back the car they had previously defaulted on and winners will get back their car outright! No more repayments and the repossession is cancelled.

The below article from CNN Money provides further info on the show, I for one will be interested to see the format, knowing Spike TV the process won’t be straightforward.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — “Repo Games,” a reality television show from Spike TV that allows debtors a chance to win back their repossessed cars, will hit the airwaves later this month.

“This is the only show that combines the game-show format with actual repos,” said producer Sally Ann Salsano, “On the show, we give them a chance to win their car back, clean and simple. No car payments ever again.”

She explained that debtors on the show are “not thrilled” when they discover their repossessed cars hooked up to a tow truck, as a video crew captures their reaction. But they brighten a bit, she says, when they realize they’ve got a fighting chance to get their car back, with all debts paid off, if they successfully answer three out of five trivia questions.

“This could be a terrible situation, but this could also be your lucky day,” she said.

The trivia questions, she said, range from food and drink to science, pop culture, movies, technology and other topics.
Salsano of 495 Productions will debut this show April 26, right on the heels of “Jersey Shore,” a reality show that recently wrapped up its third season on MTV, which owns Spike TV.

As one of the producers of “Jersey Shore,” Salsano lived in the show’s beach house where the crew filmed her ne’er-do-well roommates — the stars of the show — as they lounged around all day, got drunk in clubs, argued about trivialities and attempted to score with like-minded members of the opposite sex.

The stars of “Repo Games” are, as might be expected, actual repo men. Josh Lewis and Tom DeTone are real-life professionals who repossess cars for a living. They’re not actors, which sets them apart from Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton, who starred in the 1980s cult flick “Repo Man.”

Spike TV filmed Lewis and DeTone as they repossessed 80 cars in Los Angeles and Dallas.

“Tom is the big muscle guy, but he’s a total softie on the inside,” said Salsano. “Josh razzes with the people a little bit. They both have a heart of gold and they’ve both been repoing cars for years.”

In their off-camera repos, the debtors are out of luck. But in their on-camera repos, Lewis and DeTone are the ones who pose trivia questions to the winners and losers.

“They feel like they’re giving people a chance,” said Salsano.

View the full CNN Money article.


How To Stop Your Car From Being Repossessed

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The right of owning a vehicle is available to anyone, but it also comes with responsibilities. If you purchase a car on finance, what’s important is that you make your repayments on time. If you don’t then the car repossession man will turn up and repossess your vehicle, which can result in extra costs as well as bad mark on your credit rating.

Many of the brand new cars these days are fitted with a GPS tracker system which is embedded in the hardware of the car so if you did end up not paying your outstanding repayments and then try and hide the car from the finance company, the repossession man will have the relevant GPS tracking software to enable him to find the vehicle and remove it from you.

When buying your vehicle, check the repayments and make sure they are within your budget. Remember that circumstances can change easily, particularly with today’s economic climate, so consider your purchase carefully before going ahead and with your loan agreement. Make sure you make your repayments in a timely fashion, in order to avoid repossession.

The best advice is to save up your money and outright buy your vehicle. Maybe you might have to consider buying a car which isn’t the one you wanted ideally but it means you can avoid car repossession.

Read our article on Avoiding Car Repossession or How to Dispute a Car Repossession.

Alternatively, visit our Repossessed Cars Homepage which will provide you a starting point on many articles regarding car repossession.

Finally, if you have arrived at our site and are looking to buy a repossessed car, then visit our Repossessed Cars Buying Guide.

Repossessed Cars FAQs 2011

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Are there any hidden dangers in buying a finance repossessed vehicle?

Check the car is sound mechanically, it’s important to remember that dealers are also buying repossessed cars and selling them in their showrooms. If they can pick the bargains up from the auction houses and sell at a profit, then why can’t you? Remember that if you buy from an auction, there may be fees to pay so remember to factor these costs in when bidding.

Can you recommend a website for buying a repossessed car?

There are a number of websites available to buy a repossessed car. Sites such as Repossessed Cars provide details of where to buy the latest repossessed cars in the UK. If you are in the United States, visit the Government Auctions site.

Hi I purchased a car on finance. Unfortunately my partner became ill and I was not able to make my repayments as I had to give up work. The Finance company repossessed my car back in good condition. The vehicle was resold under market value and a bill for £1250 was then sent to me. Why am I the one who has to pay this? The company have their vehicle back and I have no control over the resale price?

When you completed your agreement with the finance company, the signed documents contain details of your loan amount and the value of the repayments. It also contains a statement which mentions that if you default on these repayments then you are reponsible for the difference of the amount you have paid and the amount still outstanding on the loan. The finance company will have resold the vehicle via a repossessed car auction and then deducted that amount from the outstanding money. Any costs incurred for repossessing the vehicle will also have been added. The balance is then £1250. As you signed the agreement at the time of purchase, you are liable to pay back the funds. The bank with whom the agreement was made, unfortunately have no interest in the car, they only want to recoup their money. Your circumstances whilst being unfortunate will not have any bearing on this repayment amount, the bank’s only concern is that this money is repaid.

My husband died recently and left his car on finance with an outstanding repayment of over £3000. The car was in his name and now there is a repossession order on it. Will this affect my credit rating? We have small 2 children, and already have many other bills to pay.

When your husband died so did the liability on the purchase agreement of the vehicle. It is more than likely the loan will be insured in the event of death, so you should contact the finance company and advise them to collect the vehicle. If the car was on his name, you have no liability for this loan, sorry to hear about the death of your husband.

Repossessed Cars: Returning A Finance Company Car

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Before a car is repossessed, you have the option of returning the car to the finance company voluntarily. This could ultimately save you repossession fees and other costs. Remember, you will still owe any outstanding money as per your finance agreement – giving your car back doesn’t allow you to avoid this cost. Lenders will often charge auction fees involved with a car repossession so returing the vehicle can mean these costs can be avoided.

Below are some useful steps you can take and the process for returning a car to a finance company.

– Check your finances to see whether you can remove other costs from your monthly expenditure and maybe avoid repossession. Remember that you will still have to pay monies owed for the car, even if you give it back so maybe trying to hold on to it may be benficial in the long run if cirsumstances change.

– Contact the lender, they often see repossession as being a last resort. Attempt to try and get a more affordable payment plan. Finance companies are fully aware that the current recession means that money is tight for many people. They may be willing to come to a new arrangement with you and this can mean you can keep your car.
Remember to also find out the costs involved you may be charged for giving back the car.

– Get the car cleaned. Pay for a valet if possible from one of the many local car washes. The car will be sold after you give it back so making it look in tip top condition is a priority, it may end up boosting the sales value.

– Repair the car. When a car is repossessed it is sent to auction to be sold. A car with mechanical faults will be spotted by an astute buyer and may result in a low sales price. Obviously this will depend on your finances.

– When ready to return the car, contact the dealer or finance company to arrange for them to come and collect the vehicle or for you to drop it to them. They may require you to sign some paperwork when you surrender the car.

– After they have taken the car, contact the finance company to find out how much the car was sold for. This will give you an indication of how much you will still owe.

For further free information on repossessed cars or car repossession, visit the Repossessed Cars homepage.

Repossessed Cars: Types of Cars

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Many buyers of cars rave about the amazing deal they picked up. Not only can they buy repossessed cars at knockdown prices but there is also access to a wide range of ex-demonstration, company, fleet and ex-rental cars. You too can reap the benefits of buying a bargain used car if you follow the tips which are laid out below.

Most important when buying any prospective car is to try and establish how well the car had been taken care of previously.

Questions to Ask?
Was the oil changed on time?
– Was the car given routine services and maintenance?
– Were repairs made immediately when required?
– Was the car ever involved in an accident?

As a buyer of repossessed cars, being able to find the answer to these questions can help you find the bargain repossessed car that you have been looking for at a superb price. It’s important to be extra careful and following the correct steps can ensure you pick up a bargain repossessed car.

Types of Used Cars
Cars which are available in auction, are often classed as repossessed but can go by a variety of names. It’s important to learn the terms so that you get a better idea of what type of car you are buying and what to look for whne inspecting a vehicle.

1. Company Car
Company cars are usually bought by a company or organisation as new and then driven by an executive of the company for a period of time. Company cars are often
sold on in auction after a few years use but have often accumulated many miles during that time.

2. Demonstration / Demo / Ex-Demo Cars
Demo or ex-demo cars are usually used by a dealership for customer test drives. They have often been driven by the sales staff, dealership staff or customers. These cars aften nearly new and are fairly low mileage.

3. Rental Cars
Rental cars end up at auctions after 2 or 3 years use by a rental company. Again these can be high mileage vehicles but many experts insist ex-rental vehicles are good value if in good condition.

4. Repossessed Cars
When an owner is struggling to keep up with car repayments, the car can be repossessed and sold on in auction. Repossessed cars can be a great option as they have often been looked after well and are only repossessed once the owner suddenly falls into financial difficulty.

5. Salvage Cars
Salvage cars are damaged vehicles which have not been repaired due to the expense in fixing them so they are sold to salvage companies or auctions for parts. Some salvage cars can prove to be a bargain, as they have been written off as non-roadworthy when in reality they have only little damage and can be repaired.
It’s recommended that you have a good knowledge about cars before attempting to try and buy a salvage car. If you don’t know what you are doing, they can be a risky proposition.

When buying any car, particularly repossessed cars it’s important to check the following:
– Age of vehicle
– Maintenance Records / Service History
– HPI Check / Car History Report
– Number of Previous Owners
– Mechanic Opinion
– Price

Read our guide for buying repossessed cars for further free information.

MJ Kid Kicks Repo Man In The Ass

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Funny video from reality TV show, Operation Repo. The US programme shows “real-life” car repossessions. In this episode, the team go to repossess a young man’s car and find themselves on the end of a Michael Jackson superkick.

How to Buy Repossessed Cars

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

With so many cars being repossessed nowadays, buying one can save you a lot of money. But where can you find repossessed cars and how do you buy them?

Car repossession occurs when finance companies repossess a vehicle from an owner for non payment. For further details on the actual car repossession process, read Why Is A Car Repossessed. Once the vehicle is repossessed, the lender will look to sell the car as quickly as possible, which can mean that the price will often be lower than the going rate – excellent news for any prospective buyer.

Often people who cannot afford to buy from a conventional car dealer will look to buy a repossessed car. Repossessed cars are often cheap and in mint condition. Our step by step guide for knowing how and where to buy them will help you if buying a repossed car is something you are interested in.

1. Where are Repossessed Cars Sold?
There are various methods for selling repossessed cars, depending on where you live. The best place to start looking for one is in a car auction. The majority of repossessed cars are sold in car auctions. On the bottom right of our homepage there are links to local car auctions in your area.

Read our guide on Buying Repossessed Cars At Auction for further advice on buying at a car auction.

As well as auctions, it’s also a good idea to get in touch with local car bugatti.veyrondealers. A good local car dealer will often be attending these auctions and picking up bargains himself. Speaking to them for advice can be helpful and often they may have purchased repo cars themselves and are looking to sell them – this means you won’t have to attend a car auction yourself and go through the bidding process. Their experience can help you.

If you are planning on attending an auction make sure you know what you are doing. Reading our guide on Bidding For Repossessed Cars At Auction will help.

Another option would be to contact the bank themselves. They often have lists of repossessed homes as well as repossessed cars. These lists are made up of repossessed properties and vehicles which are due to go to auction, sometimes you can get access to a car before it goes to auction.

2. Payment
When purchasing from a car auction, its usually preferable to have cash available. Many auctions nowadays accept other forms of payment so it’s worthwhile contacting the auctioneers prior to attending and finding out.

When purchasing from a bank, they may be interested in setting up a new finance plan with you for the vehicle. Make sure you stick to manageable payments – otherwise it could be you facing car repossession.

3. Check The Car
When buying from an auction, it’s very important to remember that cars are sold “as seen”. this means that there won’t be a refund available in the majority of cases, so it’s important to check the car before you buy.

Our Avoid Buying a Stolen Car article will help as well as our guide on buying repossessed cars at auction.

4. Buy The Car
When buying at an auction, it’s very important to understandthe bidding process. When bidding it’s very easy to end up paying over the odds, make sure you have a maximum price in mind for any car and stick to it. Being patient is the key, your car will come but don’t rush it and end up buying a clunker.  Remember there are no refunds.

Read our guide on bidding for repossessed cars at auction.

Car Repossession Example Scenario

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Below is an example scenario which happens to many people when their car is repossessed.

A) Car value £25,000
B) Deposit £5,000

C) Loan Amount £20,000
D) Repayments £5,000

E) Still Owed £15,000
F) Car Auction £8,000

G) Deficiency £7,000

A) In this example, £25,000 is the sale price for a new car.

B) The buyer puts down £5,000 deposit.

C) The loan amount borrowed from the finance company is £20,000.

D) The buyer begins to make repayments, lets say for example they make £5,000 worth and then run into financial difficulty and are unable to make further payments. The lender goes ahead and repossesses the car.

E) The amount still owed to the finance company is 15,000 after the car is repossessed.

F) After repossession, the finance company opts for a quick sale through a car auction and sells the repossessed car for £8,000.

G) The Deficiency is the amount the loan company will look to recover after the car has been repossessed. In this case the deficiency amount will be £7,000.

If your car has been repossessed in this way, you can expect the loan company to chase you in order to recover the deficiency amount. you can also expect your credit rating to be affected if repayments are not made or even face bankruptcy.