Debtor purchased a new Dodge Ram truck. As part of the purchase, she traded in a Chevrolet Silverado. Debtor owed more on the Silverado than its trade-in value, resulting in negative equity of $6,343.65, which she included in the financing of the new Dodge Ram. Members Cooperative Credit Union held a purchase money security interest in the Dodge Ram, and filed a proof of claim in Debtor's bankruptcy. The parties agreed the Dodge Ram was purchased within 910 days prior to Debtor's bankruptcy petition. Debtor objected to the Credit Union's claim seeking to cram down the amount of the Credit Union's to the value of the Dodge Ram. Following the Seventh Circuit's decision in In re Howard, 597 F.3d 852 (7th Cir. 2010), the Court overruled the Debtor's objection concluding a purchase money security interest in a vehicle includes negative equity.
11 U.S.C. § 506(a) -- Determination of Secured Status
11 U.S.C. § 1325(a) -- Confirmation of Plan - 910-day Hanging Paragraph