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    #16
    Thanks, justbroke.

    I just called my attorney and he was nice even though it's been a while since my BK. He is going to call the credit union and see what he can come up with, if anything. He says it is a common problem and they might be more responsive hearing from an attorney. He has also gotten a response by agreeing that any salvage yard funds go to the lender. They might be happy to take $300 from a junkyard. We'll see...

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      #17
      Isn't it amazing how an attorney's phone call, stating the same thing, is more powerful? And I like that your attorney did that for you without charging you!
      Chapter 7 (No Asset/Non-Consumer) Filed (Pro Se) 7/08 (converted from Chapter 13 - 2/10)
      Status: (Auto) Discharged and Closed! 5/10
      Visit My BKForum Blog: justbroke's Blog

      I am not an attorney. Any advice provided is not legal advice.

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        #18
        This is two times now in this thread that I have had to update with people backing out on their words!! Attorney was sweet as sugar on the phone, and now he won't return my phone calls or e-mail! Unbelievable... Geez. I would have paid him $50 to make the phone call just to be rid of the damn car.

        I looked into my state's laws, and we're going to do what the law says for abandoned vehicles. We're calling the police (or my father is) to tell them this vehicle is abandoned and he wants it off the property. Law says they'll call a salvor/tow truck, the owner (lienholder - it's not even registered to us anymore, no tags) will be notified where it is, then the title will go to auction. Anyone who wants them can bid on the title. That car is bad mojo. Can't wait to be rid of it. Hopefully THIS goes smoothly. Two strikes so far...

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          #19
          I'd be careful about that. You are the legal owner, even if you haven't renewed the registration. If the car doesn't sell enough to cover the expenses to tow and auction the car, does the owner have to cover the difference? If so, I bet they go after the owner, not the lienholder.

          Have you tried writing a letter to the bank citing Pratt and saying that if they don't either repossess the vehicle or release the lien, you will reopen your case and file a complaint for violation of the permanent injunction?
          LadyInTheRed is in the black!
          Filed Chap 13 April 2010. Discharged May 2015.
          $143,000 in debt discharged for $36,500, including attorneys fees. Money well spent!

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            #20
            Originally posted by LadyInTheRed View Post
            I'd be careful about that. You are the legal owner, even if you haven't renewed the registration. If the car doesn't sell enough to cover the expenses to tow and auction the car, does the owner have to cover the difference? If so, I bet they go after the owner, not the lienholder.

            Have you tried writing a letter to the bank citing Pratt and saying that if they don't either repossess the vehicle or release the lien, you will reopen your case and file a complaint for violation of the permanent injunction?
            But I thought BK protected me from having to cover the difference? What the heck do people do with cars then? (Not angry toward you, just the situation.) It has no tags, no registration.

            ANOTHER update - The attorney did eventually write me an e-mail a couple of days ago saying he called them and they said they would be in touch with me. He told me if they don't call by the end of this month to let him know. Perhaps I can mention that case to him and he can include it in a letter. This is just nuts.

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              #21
              Originally posted by pinkpeanut01 View Post
              But I thought BK protected me from having to cover the difference?
              BK protects you from debts incurred PRIOR to filing. If you do as you previously indicated any charges incurred with the towing company would be considered POST-BK debt.
              Don
              Filed Pro Se on 8/4/11 (No Asset, Chapter 7)
              Redeemed Automobile ProSe (722 Redemption),Discharged on 11/3/11

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                #22
                Final update for the archives to potentially help anyone else. We ended up settling with the credit union for release of the lien and title with the help of our BK attorney (to whom we had to pay an additional fee. He tried to get the fee included in the settlement price, but it didn't work, and we just wanted it over with.) The car has been sold. It is over. We owed about $2K on the car, they got about $1K, but it was cross-collateralized with about $10K, so we settled for about 10% of what they would have otherwise gotten if not for BK, and at least it is over now.

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                  #23
                  if you don't want or need the car give it to a legit charity and get a nice write off on your taxes, you'll get money out of it that way as long as you make certain you get a receipt. they advertized in the ny area and nj i don't know about pa, but on the radio i would always hear ads about we want your car for the poor etc. (not like WE aren't the poor lol). but this way you can do something good plus it will help you increase your refund if you usually get one from your taxes, or help you pay less taxes if you always end up paying.

                  just a thought.
                  8/4/2008 MAKE SURE AND VISIT Tobee's Blogs! http://www.bkforum.com/blog.php?32727-tobee43 and all are welcome to bk forum's Florida State Questions and Answers on BK http://www.bkforum.com/group.php?groupid=9

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                    #24
                    I do not like the final update. That said, at least you have this part of your life over with and you can move on with your fresh start. Credit Unions are special creatures and cross collateralization is a pain.
                    Chapter 7 (No Asset/Non-Consumer) Filed (Pro Se) 7/08 (converted from Chapter 13 - 2/10)
                    Status: (Auto) Discharged and Closed! 5/10
                    Visit My BKForum Blog: justbroke's Blog

                    I am not an attorney. Any advice provided is not legal advice.

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by justbroke View Post
                      I do not like the final update.
                      Me either. It's not right that a lender can refuse to repossess and refuse to release the lien. We need another round of Bankruptcy reform - pro-debtor reform this time.
                      LadyInTheRed is in the black!
                      Filed Chap 13 April 2010. Discharged May 2015.
                      $143,000 in debt discharged for $36,500, including attorneys fees. Money well spent!

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