On March 25th, Jonathan Welsh wrote in the Wall Street Journal about devices used by dealerships, financing companies and leasing companies to disable vehicles if the drivers are behind in their payments. Rob Robertson of Austin, Texas, a member of the ABA Family Law Listserv, wrote today with this thought: How long will it be before we see this technology used in a divorce situation? Many family lawyers have clients with car loans that cannot be refinanced, and/or unhappy former spouses with credit woes when the ex doesn't make the car payment as ordered in the judgment.
The devices and their use are described as follows:
"The repo man has found a new hiding place: inside your car. Increasingly, used-car dealers are installing remote disabling devices that keep the cars from starting if the buyer gets too far behind on payments."
Remote surveillance and privacy issues are of great concern as Welsh makes clear in his article.
Some of the companies making these devices are
Sekurus Inc -- On Time [See also a GPS vehicle tracker, iLocator, made by this manufacturer. It works, they say, in 98% of the US, Mexico and Canada.]
Pay Technologies, LLC -- PayTeck
You may read the Wall Street Journal article "Late on a Car Loan? Meet the Disabler" here.