Legal Question in Credit and Debt Law in Ohio

can a loan company take your car if you can,t pay your bill, the car is paid for but used

Asked on 12/26/11, 1:29 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Eric Willison Law Office of Eric E. Willison

In Ohio, the Retail Installment Sales Act (RISA) covers the process of repossession of goods which are purchased on a payment plan. Your question is a bit confusing because it says the "car is paid for but used." If all payments have been made under the contract, then the loan company cannot repossess the vehicle. But the first part of your question seems to imply that you are behind on your payments.

RISA requires that the loan company send you notice of the repossession and give you a chance to redeem the car if you can bring it current (plus two future payments and part of the cost of the repossession) within 14 days. The loan company must also give you a chance to get your possessions out of the car even if you can't bring the loan current.

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Answered on 12/27/11, 8:38 am

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