Chapter 7 and Buying a Car

October 11, 2009

All Texans know how important it is to have a car. You need it for work and for daily activities such as grocery shopping and running other errands. For others it means the difference between having a job or not.

What is Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy all collection efforts by creditors must stop. What this means is that all liens on your paycheck, foreclosures and repossessions must end.

How soon afterwards can I buy a car?

Typically 1-2 years. Used and new car dealers are very agreeable to extend credit to people who have a discharged Chapter 7 bankruptcy. They do so because the applicant now has no debt and is able to make timely payments. The key is to keep your credit clear and make payments on time.

How to file

Consult with an experienced bankruptcy attorney in your area. A skilled bankruptcy attorney will be able to discuss fees associated with filing and handling your case.


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