I’ve talked to a couple people lately who have told me about some really awful behavior by repossession agents. One person was run off the road by two repo agents working in tandem. Another was forced up against a wall and told that she was going to jail if she didn’t turn her car over. A third was physically dragged out of her car by the repo agent. Needless to say, all of these people were terrified by their experiences. All three of them called the police, only to be told that the police would not get involved.
Fortunately for these people, there is something that they can do. Although Minnesota law allows repossession agents to take your vehicle without a court order, they can’t create a breach of the peace while doing it. Running someone off the road, slamming someone against a wall and threatening to put them in jail, and dragging someone out of their car probably all result in a breach of the peace. In addition to liability for a breach-of-the-peace repossession, the repo man may also be liable for other damages as well, depending on the severity of his conduct.
You can sue a repo agent that has breached the peace while repossessing your vehicle and receive money damages. If you live in Minnesota and have had a bad experience with a repo agent, feel free to contact us for a free case evaluation.