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First, if I were you, I would do whatever is necessary to find out what is owed on the vehicle. Your safe to think that the lender what "all" of the money owed. If there is equity on the vehicle, the lenders still want to repossess the vehicle so they can sell it off.
Secondly, just because your debts are reported as charged off on your credit report, you still are liable for whatever the debt that was owed before the charge off. A "charge off" is simply a tax advantage that the creditor gains when they report their income to the IRS. It's safe to say that the creditor sold the debt to another debt collector that will not forget about the debt. Unless you negotiate a payment plan in writing operate with the understanding that you owe just as much as you did before the charge off. Best bet it to address all of the debts and negotiate a payment plan. If a payment plan cannot be negotiated, bankruptcy may be the best alternative.
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Sounds like I should file for BK and move on. Thank you for your advice.
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