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Voluntary Repossession and Deficiency Balances

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Bills.com Team
UpdatedNov 25, 2022

Bills.com co-CEO, Brad Stroh discusses what you need to know about voluntary repossession and deficiency balances.

Dealing with debt

If you are struggling with debt, you are not alone. According to the NY Federal Reserve total household debt as of Quarter Q2 2022 was $16.15 trillion. Student loan debt was $1.59 trillion and credit card debt was $0.89 trillion.

According to data gathered by Urban.org from a sample of credit reports, about 26% of people in the US have some kind of debt in collections. The median debt in collections is $1,739. Student loans and auto loans are common types of debt. Of people holding student debt, approximately 8% had student loans in collections. The national Auto/Retail debt delinquency rate was 4%.

The amount of debt and debt in collections vary by state. For example, in Nevada, 32% have any kind of debt in collections and the median debt in collections is $2054. Medical debt is common and 16% have that in collections. The median medical debt in collections is $806.

To maintain an excellent credit score it is vital to make timely payments. However, there are many circumstances that lead to late payments or debt in collections. The good news is that there are a lot of ways to deal with debt including debt consolidation and debt relief solutions.

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2 Comments

BBill, Aug, 2009
You have options. I recommend you read my answer to another reader who had a similar question. My answer is long, but I want you to read it through to understand your options.
ggeraldine, Aug, 2009
i can no longer afford my car, i am not behind in payments, but am struggling, i checked on chapter 7 so i wouldn't have to pay the deficency, but the lawyer wants 1200.00 to take my case, if i had that kind of money i wouldn't be in this fix, my husband is on disability and i work full time, but there is just no enough money, i have no credit card debts, the house is in his name, what can i do