I would say better safe than amending the petition. If your circumstances or assets change your petition may be modified and that uncertainty is most likely not worth the short term convenience.
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I don't know anyone who will finance a car if a debtor is in an existing open chapter 7 case. I would love to hear from anyone on this board if they've found otherwise. What my clients have done is simply borrow a friend/family's car or rented one that bridged the gap between surrender & discharge. Meanwhile, you can shop around & get a purchase lined up. Have your attorney email you the discharge order when it comes through (it will get there faster by email than the paper copy that you will receive in the mail). As soon as you have that discharge order you can bring it to whereever you have lined up as a purchase & give them a copy of it.
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I agree with Ms. Tokarska. I have never seen a lender who will advance the funds to purchase a new car for someone who is in an open Chapter 7 but that is not to say that it is not possible. The only way to really know is to go to the lender and see what they are willing to do but renting a car or borrowing a car for a couple of months may not be such a bad idea in the interim.
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