Why A New Law to Protect Used Car Buyers and Logbook Loan Borrowers is needed

In his recent article on The Guardian, Bowcott Owen highlighted the risks facing many used car buyers today. Over the last decade, the number of logbook loans has increased so much. Because even those with poor credit score can qualify for the loans, many people rush to borrow without focusing so much on their repayment capability. The laws that guide logbook loans make it easy to access loans but fail to protect the used cars sold with loans attached to them. In one of the cases, James Watson bought a van in fall of 2016 only to have it repossessed by a logbook dealer a week later. When he reported his car had been stolen, the police told him that it had been repossessed by a logbook loan company to recover loan balance. The company pointed that the loaned stopped communicating with the lender after paying only a small amount. Watson ultimately lost his money. The current laws are archaic and insensitive to buyers Bowcott correctly argues that the current laws are insensitive to used car buyers. Logbook loans are regulated by Bill of Sale Act of 1878 that allowed people to use their property as collateral. The law was amended in 1882 but remain very insensitive to buyers. Though the law requires that all logbook loans be registered in the high court, private buyers rarely check whether the vehicle under consideration is under any order. Therefore, once the original owner defaults on payments, the lender can repossess and sell the car to recover his money. The need to review the law Just like Bowcott observes, the logbook loan borrowers and used car buyers need extra protection. Under the current law, the lender requires you to adhere to the loan agreement specifically to meet monthly repayment without failure. If you fail to remit the agreed amount on a monthly basis, the lender will add penalties and repossess the car. The danger does not end here. The lender can even take you to court if the car is sold but fetches less than the loan balance. Some possible legislative solutions

  • The lender should not sell the car without involving the court and the borrower.
  • The car should not be sold if the lender had paid more than 1/3 of the total amount.
  • If the borrower is unable to continue paying the loan, the vehicle should be sold competitively so that the owner remains with the amount on top of the loan balance.
  • The law should make the current listing of cars with loans and check mandatory before the sale of used cars.
Conclusion While everybody has a right to take a loan using personal property such as vehicles, the law has remained silent on the risk to buyers on the property with loans. While every logbook loan must be registered with the high court, private buyers rarely check because they anticipate the law will protect them. It is, therefore, very important that current law on logbook loans and sale of used cars is reviewed to protect car owners and buyers.        

Logbook Loans Can Map Your Success: Simply Be Extra Careful

Many are the times that media carry the stories of logbook loans that went bad. Well, it is no doubt that the interest rates are higher compared to conventional banks, but they are invaluable if you are extra careful. In this post, I share the story of Johnson, a supervisor with a local company who conquered all odds to succeed with a logbook loan. When Johnson defaulted on bank loans in the past, his credit score moved down, and no other financial institution could lend him more. Johnson defaulted on initial loans, and the remaining options were limited When Johnson, a father of three and a supervisor at a local company, took the first two loans, he expected everything to change for the better. Before starting the family baking business, his last born son fell ill and got admitted in a Manchester hospital. All the money he had borrowed and his savings were used on medical bills. It became so dire that he had to default serving the loans for 6 months. Things went from bad to worse. He was reported to the credit bureau, and his credit score fell so low that no other financial institution could agree to loan him. Once his son recovered, Johnson started servicing the loans to the extent that nothing was left to start their home bakery. His efforts to seek another loan from different banks never got approved because he was seen as a high-risk party. He had to look for alternatives to keep the dream of running the home bakery alive. Suggestion to take a logbook loan Though he had all along known about logbook loans, he never considered them because of the high-interest rates and risks. His wife compelled him to go ahead and take the loan against their only family Citroen so that they could start the family business. Before taking the logbook loan, Johnson visited a local financial expert who gave him invaluable advice to only select the best company. He used the following criteria to select the best logbook company;

  • Evaluated the one with the lowest interest rates.
  • Selected the company with the focus on helping clients.
  • Negotiated with the company about his situation and better rates.
Faster loan processing and investment into home bakery business Once he was sure that a logbook loan would work, Johnson filled all the details, and the loan was released within 24 hours. Because his wife had training on baking, they hired one staff, procured all the required equipment, started a website, and a blog. Besides, they also installed a banner next to their home shouting New Offers, New Cakes, and Home is Better! Interesting enough, the demand they got through the website was more than they could meet. Besides, the local people came in large numbers to get a taste of home. Because Johnson had timed the launching with his three weeks off from work in summer, he helped with marketing and clients kept growing day after day. Clearing the loan and resigning from work to build family business By the time Johnson off was over, so established was the business that he made the decision to resign and concentrate with baking. The home Citroen was very useful in delivering cakes all over Manchester. He cleared the logbook loan and other outstanding debts in record time.  Interestingly, his logbook loan lender was one of the first clients, and also referred others. Besides, the banks that had denied him credit started calling asking whether he required additional financial support.