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Understand what it means to defer your car payment. You still will be responsible for the full amount of your loan. Approved deferral applicants are, however, granted a grace period before they are required to resume making payments.
Contact your financing company or lending institution and explain your financial situation.
Ask if the terms of your car loan or leasing agreement will allow you to defer your car payments until you get back on your feet. Be ready to provide documentation verifying your employment status if you are unemployed.
Complete the necessary paperwork for deferring your car payments. Send the signed documents and any required fees to the loan company. Keep a copy for your records.
Ask your loan officer to draw up a forbearance agreement. This document recognizes your financial hardship and offers a plan
to resolve it. Most forbearance agreements establish a payment schedule for satisfying the debt.
Verify the conditions of your forbearance agreement with your lender. Find out how many payments will be deferred, if there is a charge to defer payments, when the payments are due, what the repayment schedule is for missed payments, and if your lender can stave off negative credit reporting while your payments are deferred.
Check to see if any already imposed fees can be retracted and if your car payment can be deferred without other negative credit consequences, such as late fees and collection calls.
Request that any promises made by your loan service be put in writing. Read over all information before signing any documents. Only sign the paperwork when you fully understand the terms of your agreement and how they affect your ability to pay off your loan.