Sep
14
2011

Repossession remains seven years and can affect credit scores for the entire time

Dear Experian,

How long does a repossession reflect on your credit report, and how does it affect your credit report?

- MMY

 

Dear MMY,

A repossession will remain on your credit history for seven years from the delinquency date of the first missed payment leading up to the status of repossession.

For example, if you have a car loan and the first payment you miss is this month’s payment and you do not bring the account current before the repossession, this month will be the original delinquency date. Assuming you never bring the account current, the debt is charged off and the bank subsequently repossesses the car, the account will be deleted seven years from this month.

The term “repossession” will be shown as the status of the account until it is deleted.

Your lender will sell the item that is repossessed in order to recoup the remainder of the debt owed. If the sale of the item does not cover the entire remaining amount, you can still be held accountable for that amount.

The bank may send that amount to collections or could sue for the remainder. The collection account would appear for seven years from the date original delinquency date. A civil judgment would remain seven years from the filing date.

A repossession, collection account and a judgment are all major derogatory items in a credit history and could significantly affect your credit scores.

In addition, if the remaining balance of the account is forgiven, it could be reported as income. You would then owe taxes on that amount.

Thanks for asking.

- The “Ask Experian” team

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