In California, a consumer generally has two rights following a car repossession. The first right is to “reinstate” the contract by paying all amounts past due, plus any applicable delinquency charges, collection and repossession costs. Depending on the basis for the repossession, the consumer may be required to satisfy any liens or encumberances on the…

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If you have a car loan, the lender can retake possession of your car after a default by “self-help” repossession. That means the lender does not need to file a lawsuit, but can just send the repossession company to pick up your car upon a default. Self-help repossession, while legal, is a drastic remedy and…

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We receive a lot of inquiries from consumers who have had their cars repossessed before the deadline they verbally agreed to with a representative of the finance company. Often the finance company will defend the repossession on the grounds that they never made the agreement and in any event, the finance contract requires all modifications…

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