Dear Terry,

I have a question about voluntary repossession. I got ripped off over a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. Now that I want to trade this car for something smaller, the car dealers won’t give me anything because of the high payments.

I have good credit. So, I was thinking about voluntarily repossessing this car and buying another one. Please give me advice. Am I stuck with this Tahoe for a couple more years?

— Nicole

Dear Nicole,

You may have good credit now, but you won’t if you simply dump this vehicle back on the lender. A voluntary repossession is as bad on your credit as having the repo guy snatch the vehicle in the middle of the night.

Hang onto the Tahoe a few more years until the loan balance is less than what it’s worth. Then, get a new car.

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