Warning over legal logbook loans

Under current laws a logbook loan is attached to the vehicle, not the person who has taken out the credit. Citizens Advice says the number being taken out rose by 35% between 2011 and 2013. Even if you didn't take out the cash yourself, you could still get into trouble for not repaying it. Newsbeat has been given exclusive figures which show nearly two thirds of young people who called Citizens Advice "in serious debt" had turned to a form of high-cost credit.

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