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Understand Debts and Debt Collection

  • April 16, 2019

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One of the worst times to think about debt is when you’re already in it. People fall into that slippery slope before they know it, and suddenly they have unpaid bills and no way to start catching up. So, if you want to avoid the debt trap, that means you need to understand where that comes from. Also, it’s not a bad idea to at least have a basic understanding of where debt collection fits into the mix too, depending on the kind of bills that you own money on.

Three common sets of debt and debt collection will get you thinking about actions and consequences. If you fall behind on a car debt, there is the potential for your vehicle to get repossessed. If you fall behind on bills that you owe for hospital stays, there are different ways that companies or the government can find you to start repaying what you owe. And finally, for the millions of people who take out education loans, it can be challenging to pay off of the principal once the interest starts getting too high.

Repossessed Cars

It can feel like a fantastic purchase when you decide to buy a new car. Unfortunately, the cost of the vehicle to get it off the lot is not the same as the total cost of the car. If you find you get behind on insurance costs, maintenance costs, or an auto loan, you can get in debt trouble really quickly. At the end of this spiral, a company may even repossess your car. That is a nightmare scenario for people, so it’s better not to get into debt concerning your vehicle in the first place.

Debts in the Healthcare Field

There is also the matter of debt in the healthcare field. If you go to a hospital with something wrong with you, they are going to fix it at least on a minimal level, even if you can’t pay for it upfront. Trouble comes when you get a bill that you can’t pay later. You may try to chip away at it, but eventually, a debt collection agency may pursue you. It could be through the mail, through phone calls, or even through personal visits. They will not harass you as severely as car loan debt collectors, but it can still be very intense.

Outstanding Education Debts

A final type of debt that you should have an understanding of is an education debt. When you get a school loan, you don’t have to pay on the principal or the interest while you are still in school. However, as soon as you get out, your grace period is over. So, if you took out a loan of many tens of thousands of dollars, you can have a substantial repayment due quite quickly. You can get various types of deferments, but those don’t lower the amount of money that you owe, it just pushes it off to later. If you want to avoid paying extra interest, you should put as much money as you can into that debt as soon as possible.