This case involves borrowers who purchased a vehicle through a dealership in California. The financial institution in question, Wachovia, did not make the loans, but later purchased the installment contracts from the dealer. When the borrower fell behind on their payments, Wachovia repossessed the cars without properly following California law. California allows self-help repossession, but has strict rules regarding consumers' rights in repossession, including the notices that a creditor must send to consumers.

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