How to Write a Letter of Voluntary Repossession

by Christopher Cross ; Updated September 11, 2015
A letter of voluntary repossession is useful if you can't make payments on your car loan.

A voluntary repossession is when you finance a purchase, stop making payments on it and then give the purchased item back to the lender before they repossess it forcefully. If you know you won't be able to make the payments on a secured loan, then writing a voluntary repossession letter is a way to inform your lender that you can't make your payments, and that you wish to give the item back.

Start the letter by identifying yourself and the property. The lender will need to identify your loan, so include an account number. Give them your name, address and contact information.

Tell the lender that you are voluntarily giving the item back because you can no longer make the payments. Let the lender know that you have no interest in making alternative payment arrangements and would rather give the item up.

Avoid getting into details of why you can no longer make your payments. The reason doesn't matter to your lender and it will only open the door for confusion if your letter gets off track. Keep it as simple and straightforward as possible.

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