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I am trying to find out if there is a way to minimize my monthly payment without getting into more debt. I have been paying it for almost a year, but it weighs heavy on my budget. Please advise, and thank you.

Answer
There is not enough information here about your financial life to give me anything solid enough to give you a specific answer. Here are three general suggestions:

Perhaps your lender will agree to extend the loan, and reduce your monthly payment?

Do you have money in a retirement plan? If so, maybe you can borrow enough to pay off the auto loan and have a smaller monthly payment to repay the retirement plan.

See a bankruptcy lawyer(s) for advice on surrendering the car in a bankruptcy, or using Chapter 13 bankruptcy to reorganize and perhaps reduce the payment. Perhaps you have other debts that can be discharged in bankruptcy, and then your car loan might be affordable?

I hope this helps you.

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BA degree, J.D., admitted to California Bar in 1979.

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President, 1995-1996-Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum; Member - Los Angeles County Bar Association Committee on Commercial Law & Bankruptcy, 1988. Law Advisory Commission-Personal & Small Business Bankruptcy Law of the State Bar of California, 1996-2000

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