Does a car dealer or repo man have the right to charge a high fee even though my car was never repossed?

I fell behind on my car a few times, this acknowledge, however the car has never been repossed. I thought that the repo was helping by coming to get the payment and take it to the dealer because I was unable to. Now i find out that I was charged $300 each time this was done, which was twice and I now owe $393 remainding on my car. i was never contact by the dealer that there was a balance until now and of course thru the repo man again who is now asking for $300. He has not tried to repo the car. He said that he was trying to work with me? Is this fair or legal?

Asked on August 15, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Florida

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The issue that you have written about is whether under your loan and security agreement you should be held responsible for the alleged fee of the car repossession person with respect to attempts to allegedly repossess the vehicle. If you signed an agreement allowing such a fee to be assessed as to you, then you could very well be held responsible for such fees assuming such claimed work was actually incurred.

I suggest that you consult with an attorney that practices in the area of consumer law to assist you as to your question. You might consider also consulting with your community's legal aid clinic as well on your matter.


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