Keep Your Vehicle by Reducing Loan Payments through Cramdown

Wasson and ThornhillVehicle Loans

Chapter 7 reaffirmation requires you to make full monthly vehicle payments. Consider reducing loan payments through cramdown in Chapter 13.   The last two blog posts have been about keeping your vehicle in a Chapter 7 case. Two weeks ago was about the benefits of reaffirming the vehicle’s loan. Last week was about possible ways of keeping the vehicle by … Read More

Reaffirm Your Vehicle Loan in Chapter 7

Wasson and ThornhillVehicle Loans

To keep your vehicle and be able to afford to pay for it, reaffirm your vehicle loan in Chapter 7 and discharge your other debts.     A Vehicle Loan is a Secured Debts We started this series of blog posts on debts by introducing secured debts as follows: Each of your debts is either secured by something you own or it … Read More

Unexpected Benefit: Keep Vehicle Lease in Chapter 13

Wasson and ThornhillVehicles & Bankruptcy

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: 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

Unexpected Benefit: Better Ways to Save Your Vehicle with Chapter 13

Wasson and ThornhillVehicle Loans

Chapter 7 can’t directly help much your vehicle loan. But Chapter 13 can: it can buy you much more time and likely lower your payments.   Problems to Solve Last week we addressed the kind of help Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” provides on your vehicle loan. Mostly it clears the deck of your other debts so that you can afford … Read More

Vehicle Loan: Reaffirm or Cramdown?

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Here’s an example of when it’s better to reaffirm or cramdown a vehicle loan, to use a Chapter 7 case or a Chapter 13 one.   We’re in a series of blog posts about choosing between Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” and Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts.”  Along these lines two blog posts ago we outlined when to reaffirm a secured … Read More

When to Reaffirm a Debt, When to Use Chapter 13

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Reaffirming a secured debt, like a vehicle loan, can be a good way to keep that collateral/vehicle. But Chapter 13 is sometimes better.   The last 5 blog posts in December were about keeping the collateral you want by “reaffirming” the debt. “Reaffirmation” applies only to Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy”cases. (We’ve focused mostly on reaffirming a vehicle loan.) Today we … Read More