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How long ago did you take out the initial agreement? Please can you also tell me many payments you have missed to date? Thank you
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When you have purchased a car under a credit agreement, if you fail to maintain the repayments the finance company may legally re-possess the car. You do get some protection if you have paid off more than 1/3 of the total value, in which case the finance company would be required to obtain a Court order in order to be able to repossess the car. However, the main point is that until you have repaid the full amount under the agreement the car remains the property of the credit company and under the terms of the agreement they are able to re-possess it and sell it to recoup the debts you owe in relation to it.
So in the first instance you should try and negotiate with the credit company – explain why you are unable to keep up with repayments, try to agree a new repayment plan – they may be agreeable to accept a reduced repayment amount if they know you are going to continue paying and it may be easier than them having to go to court to get an order for repossession. If no amicable agreement can be reached and they go to court, you will still be able to try and raise an argument as to why a repossession should not be ordered, for example if you rely on the car for important things, like because you are disabled, if you cannot get to work via any other means and in general it would place you at significant inconvenience not having the car.
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