What Is a Lienholder?

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If you look at a certain seguro para pequeñas empresas policy, you may be wondering, “What is a lienholder?” A lienholder is a financial institution that holds a loan until it’s paid in full. If you have a car loan for your business’ vehicles, the lienholder is included on your car insurance policy. After the auto loan is paid, the lienholder gets removed from your policy because you or your business owns the car.

Is Lienholder the Same as Owner?

What is a lienholderLegally, the lienholder listed on your car title is the owner of the vehicle. A car with a lien means a bank or lender provided the money to purchase it, so they have a legal claim on the property. Once the car loan is paid in full, then you’ll be the owner.
Be aware that even though the lienholder is legally the owner of the property, you or your business are the registered owner. That means you’re responsible for:
  • Paying any local taxes on the vehicle
  • Registering vehicles with the state
  • Maintaining the required amount of insurance coverage

Can You Sell a Car With a Lien?

It is possible to sell a car with a lien, but it can take a few steps. It’s a good idea to contact your lienholder to determine the loan payoff amount. To get the total, you’ll most likely need:
  • The vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Vehicle history report
  • Maintenance records
Trading in a car with a lien at the dealership can be a simpler process because the dealer will pay off the loan and get a title transfer. But if you’re planning to use private parties to sell the car, you’ll either have to pay off the loan yourself or see if the buyer can pay off the loan in exchange for the title.

Small Business and Lienholders

Lienholder definitionWhen it comes to small businesses, lienholders come into the picture when buying a car. When financing your car or business vehicles, the lienholder is the bank, person or entity that provided the money. You’ll likely have to add a lienholder on your el seguro comercial para automóviles policy. But after you pay off the car loan, you can remove the lienholder from your policy.

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Última actualización: 22 de julio de 2022
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