UPDATED: May 9, 2024
PUBLISHED: January 23, 2023
Repossessions: How to Avoid Them

Repossessions are on the rise while many people are hurting financially. In a repossession, the lender seizes an item—in many cases a vehicle—because the borrower is behind on payments. 

This week on the rich & REGULAR podcast, Kiersten and Julien Saunders explain how repossessions work and how the industry is currently operating, with fewer repo companies in business despite a higher demand. 

There are two types of repossessions: voluntary and involuntary. A voluntary repossession is like a return—giving the vehicle back to the lender and paying less fees. The cost of an involuntary repossession depends on factors including your debt, how long the car is impounded and the deficiency between what you owe and how much money the lender makes, should they choose to sell the car.

For those who are financially strapped or unable to make payments on a repossession, Kiersten and Julien review solutions, including loan modifications and adjusting the loan terms.They also share how to get the best deal when selling or buying a car. 

“So much of being good with money is about being proactive and avoiding potentially dire situations altogether,” Kiersten says. “In a perfect world, you don’t have to know anything about repossessions because you’ll never be in that situation.”

Learn more at richandregular.com, purchase Cashing Out: Win the Wealth Game by Walking Away by Kiersten and Julien Saunders and follow on Instagram @richandregular. 

Rich & REGULAR with Kiersten and Julien Saunders is no longer releasing new episodes on the SUCCESS Podcast Network, but you can still listen to the full conversation below.

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Julien and Kiersten Saunders, Money Editors for SUCCESS magazine, are the couple behind the award-winning blog and forthcoming book, rich & REGULAR. They are producers and hosts of the original series, Money on the Table, which blends their passion for food with thoughtful conversations about money

Julien and Kiersten Saunders, Money Editors for SUCCESS magazine, are the couple behind the award-winning blog and forthcoming book, rich & REGULAR. They are producers and hosts of the original series, Money on the Table, which blends their passion for food with thoughtful conversations about money