Payday and Car Title Loans

Know Your Rights

  • Car Title Loans

    When you take out a car title loan, you are borrowing money and giving the lender the title to your car as collateral. This means that the lender can repossess and sell your car if you don’t pay according to the terms of the loan agreement. These are short-term loans (120 days to one year) with extremely high interest rates. They are almost always a bad way to get a loan. You should avoid them because of the high interest, the short time to repay, and the total amount of repayments. More often than not, they will leave you in a worse position than you were in before you took out the loan. It is easy to go “deeper into the hole” by taking out a car title loan. Although they are generally called “car title loans,” they are actually “motor vehicle title loans.” By law, the term “motor vehicle,” for this purpose, includes cars, motorcycles, mobile homes, trucks, vans, or any other vehicle operated on public highways and streets. Car Title Loans are not the same as ordinary financing for the purchase of a vehicle. The information in this document does not apply to those transactions. What’s being discussed here are loans that are taken out for some other purpose after you already own the vehicle, using the vehicle title as collateral. Content Detail

    Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • Consumer Guide to Payday Lending

    Click above to visit the Virginia State Corporation Commission's site to read their brochure on payday lending. Content Detail

  • Payday Lending

    A payday loan is a small, short term, high interest rate loan. These loans go by many names: payday loans, cash advance loans or check advance loans. Payday lenders loan $100 to $500 for very short time periods. Usually, the loan is for two or four weeks, twice the time between pay periods. This article describes what a payday loan is and why it might not be a good option for you. Content Detail

    Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • Virginia Partnership to Encourage Responsible Lending

    The Virginia Partnership to Encourage Responsible Lending (VaPERL) is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting responsible lending products and discouraging predatory lending in Virginia. Content Detail