Can My Lender Repossess My Car in Another State?

“Dear Steve,

Due to some financial challenges, I have been behind my car note for almost 4 months in the State of Tennessee and the Credit Union wants to repossess the car. I told them I’m not in town because right now I’m in another state (Maryland) with the car for a program. They called me and requested to tell them where the car is so that they can come and pick it up. I’m trying to make arrangement with them, but they don’t want to accept that. My question is can they repossess my car in another state?

Can my creditor repossess my car in another state?


Dear William,

There seems to be no doubt that you are delinquent on the car payment. The issue becomes really complicated for you if the lender feels you are intentionally hiding the car to avoid repossession. If it is determined you are then you may be guilty of a fraudulent conversion or removal of property to avoid repossession and that can land you in court. If the lender asks, you must disclose where the car is now. They will probably hire a local repo agent to come and get it.

The sooner you hand the car back at this point the less additional fees and charges will be added on.


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  1. so my question is this i had a car repossessed a week after i had surgery. the car was not in my possession at the time because i could not drive. it was at a friends house. i told the repo guy where car was and was as cooperative as i could be. i lived in wisconsin and that is where car was registered. i was attending school in minnesota and just finished when i had the surgery so i was staying in minnesota. anyway when the repo guy came to get car i had no idea it was going to happen i got no notice or call even though bank had all information. because of surgery i fell behind on agreed payment. i called the bank and asked why i was not notified because wisconsin law says they have to give a written notice 30 days before repossession occurs. they told me because i was now in minnesota that they did not have to give me notice because of minnesota repossession laws. my car was registered in wisconsin i was still a legal resident of wisconsin and everything related to the car was wisconsin. but because i had a minnesota address because of school they said they didn’t have to follow wisconsin repo laws but instead minnesota. is this correct and if not what can i do if anything thanks in advance for any help


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