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What happens if I left some of my personal possessions in my vehicle when it was repossessed?

Your rights vary depending on your state, but most states require repossessing companies to make any of your possessions left in the vehicle available to you.

You will have to go get them at a time that is convenient to the repossessing company. It is important to document what items you left in the vehicle and their estimated value. If your vehicle has been repossessed and you left property in your vehicle, contact your lender immediately to arrange to get your belongings. If the lender or repossessing company is demanding payment for return of your property, you should consult an attorney. You could also file a complaint with your state attorney general or consumer protection office .

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