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    Good day,

    Has anyone seen this show on Tru TV? I have a few questions regarding the laws about repos and how they do business.

    First, obviously, once they get the work order, that piece of property is theirs, and they are allowed to step on property to take the vehicle, I assume just by watching that show.

    Second, I've seen a lot of "hands on" (pushing, shoving, swinging, even weapons involved on that show) That intimidating guy, Matt, seems to be very aggressive, and likes to provoke people into hitting him... Are the repo guys allowed to swing, provoke people like that?

    I think the way they handle things is very unprofessional...

    Also, do you all get many calls to assist repos, or called about a complaint about violence at a repo?


    By the way, I did do a search, but nothing came up.

    Thanks for your answers.

  • #2
    The laws will vary from state to state.

    In Cali a repo man may come on private property to perform the repo but he may not go through any closed doors or gates.

    Most repos are conducted in the middle of the night so as to avoid confrontation. In fact here in Cali if the repo is contested before the agent has control of the property he must desist and proceede through the courts. repo's may not be conducted through the use of force. They do have the same rights to self defense as anyone else and if they have possession of the property prior to being confronted they get to keep the car.

    Calls regarding repos are rare but do happen. We are not there to assist anyone, we are there to keep the peace.
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    • #3
      Watched a couple of episodes of this show and it gets my blood boiling. I can't believe that what these guys are doing is within the law out there in California. Just about every episode is the same. The big guy provokes and harasses everyone. I saw one episode where he physically removed a girl from her car and then held her down. Repos should be done in the middle of the night to avoid confrontation, not done in the middle of the day and aired on tv. Like to see this guy come to NY and try that BS here.

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      • #4
        Yeah I repo'd with my friends dad, we almost always did it in the night.

        Most people were ok with it tho, we would call and say hey I have a repo order for your car we can do it nicely and let you get your stuff out or we can just take it and then you'll have to pay to get your stuff out.

        Most were like o ok (like its no big deal) well just meet me here....

        Never had anyone pull a gun on us thankfully.

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        • #5
          Most people were ok with it tho, we would call and say hey I have a repo order for your car we can do it nicely and let you get your stuff out or we can just take it and then you'll have to pay to get your stuff out.

          I don't know the legality of that. If I have my briefcase full of company documents in my car and it's repoed, then I can agree you have the right to the vehicle but not the contents which is personal property.
          What about someones medicine, or wheelchair? How about children's things?
          I can see all kinds of problems here with telling people they have to pay to get their stuff back.
          What right does a repo guy have to lay claim to my briefcase when the briefcase is not part of the contested issue? What happens when the person is in a bad way financially and cannot pay to get their stuff out?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by btfp View Post

            I don't know the legality of that. If I have my briefcase full of company documents in my car and it's repoed, then I can agree you have the right to the vehicle but not the contents which is personal property.
            What about someones medicine, or wheelchair? How about children's things?
            I can see all kinds of problems here with telling people they have to pay to get their stuff back.
            What right does a repo guy have to lay claim to my briefcase when the briefcase is not part of the contested issue? What happens when the person is in a bad way financially and cannot pay to get their stuff out?
            Its easy if they had honored the civil contract and made payments etc it would not be an issue. At least here there is a civil process through the courts to get an order of repossession. You know if you have made your vehicle payments and have likely been contacted to turn the vehicle or property over. If it gets repossesed and your personal belongings are in it. You should be able to get them back. If it's at a lot it takes someones time to let you in and monitor your actions. That costs money and you should pay. It is a situation that you either wholly caused or contributed to. People always have the option of paying or not. Or turning over the property or making them come get it.

            As for the show, here the guy who likes to intimidate people would get escorted off the property at gunpoint by the property owner for being aggressive.
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            • #7
              I dont know exactly how that works, but I know if we took the vehicle and the person's things were still in it, then they had to pay the impound like 15$ to go get there stuff out of it.

              Dont know why dont really care, I make my payments on time

              Speaking of that I paid my car off yesterday yay!!!

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              • #8
                If it's at a lot it takes someones time to let you in and monitor your actions. That costs money and you should pay. It is a situation that you either wholly caused or contributed to. People always have the option of paying or not. Or turning over the property or making them come get it.

                That is my point. say I am the reposessor. The car is in my lot. People come looking for their belongings. Husband is out of work and it's all verifiable, I am on the lot anyway It is my job to insure the safety of the vehicle and I have a duty to return the vehicle to the bank. I have a hard time charging people money to get their belongings especially if they are reasonably respectful . Any funny business and you would get ejected and maybe even detained and arrested.
                By charging these people I feel you are making a bad situation worse.
                So I return the vehicle to the bank and with it, A baby stroller , film, assorted paperwork, an mp3 player and maybe some cd's. What happens to this property?
                It's just better business to tell the people I'll walk you to the vehicle, you have 5 minutes to gather your things. Any funny business and we're done.
                For the record my cars are paid off.
                For the most part I don't like tow truck operations. I have a very dear friend that was in a private condo lot with the owners permission to be there. Tow whore comes, lifts the vehicle and won't let it down for less than $150.00. The condo owner is there saying the vehicle is okay, she authorized it and this jerkoff would not budge.
                Had I been there he would have budged, that's all I can say.
                Repo guys are a necessary evil in our society. I don't begrudge them for towing the deadbeats car , but sometimes the deadbeat is a father that just lost his job and has a sick kid and the insurance is screwing around with him. Other times the dead beat is a deadbeat...

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                • #9
                  In CA, once the repossessor takes ownership (attaches the tow truck, or gets into the vehicle) the vehicle is legally his and the registered owner has no claim and cannot interfere with the process. If the registered owner creates a situation where the repossessor feels like he/she needs to defend themselves, they are entitled to defend themselves.

                  IF the registered owner protests PRIOR to the repossessor taking ownership, then the repossessor must leave and come back later to try again.

                  In the show, the repossessing company has never put hands first that I have seen. If you watch close, they are very calculating in provoking a situation where one of the employees can get into the vehicle or onto the ATV in one episode and claim ownership. It may not seem fair but neither is keeping property you are not paying for. Pay your bills and you won’t have to worry about the repo man.

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                  • #10
                    I'm proned more than a few out at gunpoint, after we get the 'auto theft now' call at 'o dark thirty'......have also arrested a few for trespassing, battery, and burglary on one occasion......

                    we tried to tell them to call the station if they were going to be in our city doing repos.....we were usually more than happy to stand by and make sure both sides played by the rules, and to make sure we didnt end up with the bogus auto theft in progress call......safer for everyone.....some would do it, others wouldnt.....
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                    • #11
                      Repo's are Civil Matters. Policy on handling them varies with individual departments. In Alabama, the repo guy can come on private property, including a driveway/carport. He cannot enter a locked, fenced area, nor can he enter a structure to repo the vehicle. The sharp repo guy gives the PD/SO a "heads-up" prior to going out and hooking the vehicle up. In some cities, the notification is required by Municipal Ordinance.

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                      • #12
                        We have never really had any problem with our repo guys. They (usually) call dispatch before they go (that have to call dispatch within a certain amount of time). Here, they can grab the car if it's accessible from the street without opening anything (if it's behind a closed gait, you lose). Also, if the owner gets cranky over it the car stays where it is.

                        The people who are on TV are on TV for a reason. No one is going to turn the tv on for a bunch of people who do it the professional way.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BBM View Post
                          Good day,

                          Has anyone seen this show on Tru TV? I have a few questions regarding the laws about repos and how they do business.

                          First, obviously, once they get the work order, that piece of property is theirs, and they are allowed to step on property to take the vehicle, I assume just by watching that show.

                          Second, I've seen a lot of "hands on" (pushing, shoving, swinging, even weapons involved on that show) That intimidating guy, Matt, seems to be very aggressive, and likes to provoke people into hitting him... Are the repo guys allowed to swing, provoke people like that?

                          I think the way they handle things is very unprofessional...

                          Also, do you all get many calls to assist repos, or called about a complaint about violence at a repo?


                          By the way, I did do a search, but nothing came up.

                          Thanks for your answers.
                          It wouldn't be worth watching if the show wasn't full of *** clowns. Who wants to watch cool, and non-confrontational people tow cars without trouble?

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