…But the Car Still Has to Pay.
When you file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, that means you don’t have to make the car payments.
But that does not mean you get a free car. You don’t have to make the car payments, but the car still has to pay.
That’s because the car finance company is attached to the car title. Lawyers call that a lien. If the debt that’s attached to the car isn’t paid, the lien holder will repossess the car.
Don’t Forget to Make the Car Payment
It’s easy after bankruptcy to forget to make the car payment. If it slips your mind, the car finance company won’t send you a reminder. Why? Because you don’t have to pay. They also won’t send the car a reminder letter. They know the car doesn’t open its mail.
And if you get a week behind, they won’t call and demand payment. Because you don’t have to pay. And they won’t call the car, because the car doesn’t have a phone. Only one thing happens if you forget to pay. You wake up in the morning and the car is gone.
Does Paying the Car Help Your Credit Score?
Suppose you forget to pay and the car gets repossessed. The repossession won’t show up on your credit report. That’s because the bankruptcy discharges the debt from you. But that also means your car payments won’t show up on your credit report if you do pay. You don’t have to pay.
Only one thing happens if you pay. You keep the car.
Only one things happens if you don’t pay. When you wake up in the morning, the car is gone.
You need to make the car payments if you want to keep the car.