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I owe $12,590.00 on a personal loan with best egg.I live in

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I owe $12,590.00 on a personal loan with best egg.I live in South Carolina.The loan is not secure with any property.Can they take my car? I have fallen on bad times and cannot pay.I only made one payment so far.How many points will my credit score fall?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.
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I am very sorry to hear about this situation.
According to SECTION 15-41-30, an interest amount of $5,000 in a vehicle is exempt in SC, as well as other things - see here.
Ergo, they may not be able to take your vehicle.
If they get a judgment, then the judgment may affect your credit score. Unfortunately, there is no way to know exactly how much because every credit score is different, but you can ESTIMATE by logging on to (free) which gives you your credit score, and, allows you to predict what would happen if you enter a judgment, child support, etc.
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Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your reply.
There is no need to open a new thread if you are simply responding on the same topic. That second thread was closed as a duplicate. Please reply on this if needed.
I own a car with wholesale value of $8,000.00.An old truck worth $1,000.00.An old car worth $2,000.00.My best dependable car is the $8,000.00 car.Which would they take.I do not get the $5,000.00 you spoke of?What does that mean?
It means that if the vehicle is worth $8,000, you can only protect up to $8,000 of it and if it is sold, you get the $5,000, and you get the rest. If it is worth less than $5,000, it cannot be sold.
I am not sure which of these (truck or car) would qualify as the vehicle under exception.
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