Unexpected Benefit: Keep Vehicle Lease in Chapter 13

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Chapter 13’s main advantage over Chapter 7 with a vehicle lease is that you get much more time to catch up if you’re behind on your payments.   Vehicle Lease Assumption under Chapter 7 Our last blog post showed how to keep a leased vehicle by “assuming” the lease in a Chapter 7 case. This means you keep making the … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Keep Vehicle Lease in Chapter 7

Wasson and ThornhillVehicles & Bankruptcy

If you want to keep your vehicle lease and are current you likely can under Chapter 7. You “assume” your lease contract and all of its terms.     Our last three blog posts have been about rejecting a vehicle lease and giving the vehicle back to the lessor. You can do this either through Chapter 7 or 13. The result is the … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Reject a Vehicle Lease in Chapter 13

Wasson and ThornhillVehicles & Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 is the cleanest way to reject a vehicle lease and owe nothing. But if you have other reasons to be in Chapter 13, that works too.   Ending a Vehicle Lease in Chapter 7 Our last blog post was about how a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” can get you out of a vehicle lease. You can “reject” a … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Vehicle Loan Cramdown, Illustrated

Wasson and ThornhillVehicles & Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 can often give you the ability to reduce both your monthly payment and the total you pay on your vehicle loan. Here’s how it works.   Cramdown in Chapter 13 Last week we introduced cramdown as an extremely helpful tool for reducing the cost of your vehicle loan. Cramdown can often: Reduce your monthly payments—sometimes significantly. Reduce the … Read More

Protecting Your Vehicle If It’s Worth Too Much

Wasson and ThornhillVehicles & Bankruptcy

Often your car or truck is fully protected in bankruptcy through an exemption. But if it’s worth too much bankruptcy can still protect it.   How Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 affect your vehicle and vehicle loan can determine which of these options you choose. That’s why we’ve focused the last several blog posts on the differences between these options. … Read More

Get Some Time to Change to Another Vehicle with Chapter 7

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When you’re facing a vehicle repossession, a Chapter 7 case prevents that and gives you a  few weeks of peace to get another vehicle.   A week ago we went through a list of ways Chapter 7 buys you time with your vehicle lender. Included was that it “gains you some time to get another vehicle before surrendering your present … Read More

Chapter 7 Stops Repo for Lapsed Vehicle Insurance

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Chapter 7 prevents repossession for lapsed vehicle insurance, but only briefly. You still have to insure your vehicle again quickly.     Our last blog post went through a list of ways Chapter 7 buys you time with your vehicle lender. Included in that list was that it gives you “a very limited time to reinstate required vehicle insurance.” This … Read More