While I understand your desire to rid yourself of this expensive loan, especially since it is not doing much to improve your credit score, you should probably avoid allowing the vehicle to go into voluntary repossession if possible. The primary problem with repossession is that you will likely be left owing a deficiency balance on your loan, meaning that you may still owe a significant amount of money to the lender even though you no longer have the vehicle. When a vehicle is repossessed, the lender usually sells the car at auction, and applies the amount it receives at auction to the balance you owe on the loan; the borrower is generally responsible for any amount of the loan which is not covered by the auction proceeds. Since lenders usually sell repossessed vehicles for significantly less than the cars are actually worth, borrowers are often left owing thousands of dollars on vehicles they no longer even own. The fact that you are already upside down on your current loan increases the probability of incurring a deficiency balance if you allow the loan to go into repossession. To learn more about auto loans, I encourage you to visit the Bills.com auto loans page.
In addition to the possibility of owing a deficiency balance, allowing a vehicle to be repossessed will likely have a significantly negative impact on your credit score. Although your lender is only reporting information about its loans to one credit reporting agency currently, you mention in your question that it is working on reporting account histories to all three major credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. While a repossession may not have an immediate impact on your overall credit rating due to the creditor’s reporting limitations, the creditor could begin reporting information to the other bureaus at any time, which could cause you serious problems if you need to obtain another loan in the near future.
You mention in your question that you have been trying to refinance your current loan. Your ability to refinance your current loan will depend not only on your payment performance on your current auto loan, but also on your overall credit history. If your credit rating is generally positive, you may be able to find a lender willing to refinance your current loan at a more favorable rate. Many banks will work with consumers to refinance their auto loans, providing them with much better terms than those offered by the original lender. I would encourage you to speak with various banks about the possibility of refinancing your current loan, at least to determine if refinancing is an option. Given the current problems in worldwide credit markets, obtaining a new loan may be difficult, especially if your credit history is less than perfect. That said, it never hurts to explore your options; you may find a much more affordable loan is available to you. To learn more about refinancing auto loans, I encourage you to visit Bills.com.
From your question, it seems that the primary reasons that you are considering surrendering your vehicle are the interest rate you are being charged and the fact that the creditor is not reporting the loan to all three major credit bureaus. I honestly do not think that allowing your vehicle to be repossessed is the best way to solve either of these problems. Rather, I think that you should work on improving your credit score using other means so you can refinance your current auto loan. Allowing your current loan to go into repossession will likely only reduce your credit score and make obtaining a better financing for a new vehicle more difficult. To read more about credit scoring, and for advice on how to improve your credit rating, I encourage you to visit the Bills.com credit resources page.
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