Buying a caravan can be a great way to organise more flexible holidays and weekend breaks. It can provide you with a home away from home, with all of your creature comforts. You can travel anywhere you would like to visit, spend one night or several without needing to worry about expensive hotel accommodation or costly restaurant bills. However, unless you are in a very fortunate financial position, it is likely that you will need to consider finance to fund the purchase.
Dealership Caravan Finance:
The most obvious place to look for your caravan finance is the dealership where you are purchasing the caravan. While this can be a great place to secure automotive finance, consumers should not assume that they are automatically obtaining the best auto finance rates. The dealership may have some attractive packages, but be sure to read the small print to check for any hidden fees or charges, and compare the rates with other providers before you commit. In many cases, the sticker price for the finance options are often based on longer term loans to make the monthly charges more attractive. Although this means that your monthly expenses will be less, you will be paying far more over the term of the loan. Always check the total finance cost in addition to the APR and monthly payment estimates.
Another source of financing is a loan from your high street bank. Most banks and financial institutions advertise some great loan deals for any purpose. However, you should be aware that since the global finance crisis, many banks are reluctant to lend to those without an excellent credit record. If you have less than perfect credit, you may not qualify for the advertised rate and will be offered a less competitive deal. Again, be sure to compare any quotes to check if it is the best possible deal.
Specialist Caravan Finance Broker:
A broker can be the best way to get a great deal on your caravan finance. Reputable brokers have access to a range of lenders who specialise in certain types of finance. The broker can search for the most competitive deals, allowing you to compare caravan finance rates without needing to fill out multiple forms and applications. A broker can assist you even if you have less than perfect credit as they will have access to a number of companies with more relaxed lending criteria. The broker can assist you with the paperwork, making the loan application process far less stressful and frustrating.
Finding caravan finance need not be stressful, but it can be a good idea to research your options before you commit to a purchase. This will allow you time to compare finance rates and find a great deal. You can then shop with confidence that you can comfortably afford your new purchase.
If you are considering caravan finance, Perth consumers should contact us. We specialise in all types of automotive finance and would be happy to discuss your requirements and assist you in obtaining the deal best suited to your particular circumstances.
There’s a good chance that at some point you’re going to have to apply for an automotive loan, also known as a car loan. Auto financing has grown into one of the largest loan industries in the world today.
With the cost of new cars and trucks on the market today, it’s perfectly understandable why a person would likely need to finance their new vehicle. Of course, depending upon your credit score and the car or truck that you want to buy you might find it a bit difficult to find the automotive loan that you want with an interest rate that you can afford.
With a little bit of careful shopping and comparing of interest rates and loan terms it should be very easy to determine which automotive loan is right for you. Below you’ll find some basic tips to assist you in your search for a car loan.
Determine how much you can afford
The first thing that you should do when looking for a new car or truck is to determine exactly how much you can afford to spend, and how much you’ll need to borrow. The initial down payment that you make will affect both your interest rate and monthly payment, so you should put forth as much of an initial payment as you can.
After you’ve decided exactly how much you can afford to spend on your initial down payment, you should also figure out how much you can afford to spend on your monthly payments. If you might be cutting it close to not having enough money for a certain monthly payment, it would be best to cut back on the amount you think you can afford so as not to cause any financial problems down the line.
Choosing the right car or truck
Once you’ve started looking for your car or truck, there are a few things that you should be on the lookout for so as to avoid problems with your financing later.
If you’re going to apply for automotive financing, you should look at the new and used cars and trucks that are for sale from automotive dealers… lenders are much more likely to grant you a loan for a car or truck that’s purchased from a dealer than from an individual because of the assurances that a dealer can provide that the transaction is legal and legitimate. In addition, automotive dealers carry a much larger selection than most individuals would have access to.
Shopping for the best car loans
When you’ve found a car or truck that’s in good shape and is priced so that you can afford the payments, it’s time to start shopping for your loan. So as to find the best interest rate for your loan, it’s important to consider all of your options when looking for a lender… visit your local banks, finance companies, and even some online lenders so as to compare the interest rates that each offers.
Get quotes for both interest rates and loan terms, since some lenders may offer better repayment terms than others, and compare them individually in order to find your best deal.
Once you’ve found your best loan offer with the best interest rate, go ahead and submit your application for financing… make sure that you keep your next best offer on hand, though, just in case there is some problem with the lender or the dealership and you aren’t able to get the first loan that you apply for.
In House Financing is making a comeback in the Canadian market. When I first entered the car business in 1995 there were very few options for people who had credit issues such as bankruptcy, written off accounts, judgements or collections to be able to obtain financing for a reliable vehicle. I was lucky enough to work for a dealership that had an in house leasing company and we were able to sell cars to these people before the sub prime lenders came on the scene.
Over the past several years there have been many companies come into the Canadian automotive financing market to fill the need for most of these customers. They are relatively large national and international financing companies. They have signed the majority of the dealerships across the country to refer business to them. In 2005 there were no fewer than 7 such companies doing business all across the country with many others doing business in certain markets in the country. At the time of writing this article in 2010 there are only 4 remaining and they have tightened up on their lending practices because there is less competition in the marketplace. Of note the 3 sub prime lenders that were doing business all across Canada that are no longer in the marketplace were international lenders with 2 or the 3 based in the United States. When the financial crisis occurred in America we lost them due to their parent companies consolidating their operations into the United States.
It has been this tightening up of lending practices that is beginning to make a need for In House Financing at the dealership level once again. Today there are more and more clients who have credit problems and are in need of special financing solutions as they no longer qualify for financing from the mainstream sub prime lenders.
Many car dealerships are growing tired and frustrated at spending a lot of time and money in advertising to get customers into their dealerships to sell them a car just to have the lenders turn their customer down. It has been this frustration that has led many of them to take another look at an old concept and begin financing these customers themselves. So slowly but surely there are In House Financing, In House Leasing and Buy Here Pay Here programs starting to pop up all across the country to service this new marketplace.
There is very little difference in the various financing programs from a consumer point of view. They all work basically the same way. You have to give them a down payment that the dealers require to offset the risk they are taking in financing these type of high risk clients. Most of the down payments range between $500 – $2000 and are either used as money down on the loan in the case of In House Finance and Buy Here Pay Here programs. The out of pocket money is used as a security deposit and first payment in most In House Leasing programs. The security deposit can be used to buy out the lease at the end of the term without having to come up with any money out of your pocket at that time. No matter what the money you give the dealership is called, by the end of the term it is used to pay down on your vehicle.
The other major difference in these programs is how the vehicle is registered by the Registry of Motor Vehicles in your province. With the In House Financing programs the vehicle is registered in your name on the registration and a chattel mortgage is placed on the vehicle at the Registry of Deeds in your province. The chatel mortgage make it possible to repossess your vehicle if you default on the loan the same way a bank or finance company can. With the In House Leasing programs the vehicle is registered in the name of the leasing company with you being registered as the plate owner of the vehicle. The Buy Here Pay Here programs are usually run by a smaller dealership and they sometimes register a chalet mortgage the same as the In House Financing Programs but often they get the customer to register the vehicle in their name and then return to the dealership with the ownership paper and sign it over to the dealership. This way if the customer defaults on the loan the dealer simply registers the vehicle back into their name and repossess it from the customer. At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter which program you choose to use if you don’t make the payments they will repossess your car but if you make your payments you will not have any problems. Remember all of these dealerships are interested in you keeping your vehicle. They are usually understanding if you are going to be a couple days late with your payment as long as you let them know beforehand and make arrangements to get caught up right away.
These dealers live in the areas they work in and are usually very helpful and are willing to work with you. Most of these dealerships require that you place full coverage insurance on your vehicle but some of the smaller Buy Here Pay Here dealers will allow you to just have basic car insurance because the vehicles they sell are usually fairly inexpensive and full coverage insurance just doesn’t make sense.
The hardest thing about financing a vehicle through these dealers is usually finding them. With so many dealerships advertising Guaranteed Auto Approvals, Bad Credit – No Credit Car Financing and the like but most of them do not have any options for you if you are declined by the national finance companies. You end up spinning your wheels looking for a dealer who will work with you causing you to either give up or get frustrated and buy a cheap car privately with whatever money you can come up with.
To try to fill this problem with finding these dealerships there is a new website launching called [http://www.inhousefinancing.ca]. Its sole purpose is to connect people who need special in house financing options with dealerships in your area that provide in house financing. The majority of the dealerships on the website will have their own in house financing companies with some of the dealerships having the Go Plan program. The Go Plan is a special financing program through Carfinco is a national financing program that is very close to an in house program.
A word of caution about these programs. Remember that these programs are designed to help you re establish your credit and get you into a reliable vehicle at a reasonable payment. It would be extremely rare that one of these companies will finance a 2009 Chevy Silverado Diesel or 2010 Ford Mustang GT to you because their programs just are not designed for that. But if you are serious about buying a vehicle and re establishing your credit they are a good option for you.
The automotive world can seem heartless and when you’re working in it you have to find meaning behind what you’re doing or you’ll drive yourself nuts! Here are some things to ask yourself so that you can have a better feeling about what you do for a living and make a better living on top of that!
Consider this a worksheet to figure out what makes you tick and how to make yourself more efficient at ticking instead of ticking yourself (or someone else) off.
1) Find out what your driving force behind doing a great job is!
-There has to be something out there that makes you want to do a great job. Mine is to support my wife and give her the lifestyle that she deserves (not what she wants because she’s perfectly content with what we have). Another great angle here is that I want people to be protected out there on the roads; so helping them purchase a service contract, tire protection, or GAP insurance really makes me feel great!
2) Find out what doing a great job is.
-A great job, to me, is maxing out my pay scale. If I sell more than 1.4 products per unit (on average) and average $800 per unit sold, I get 19% of the back-end profit! I average around $1100 per copy and 1.86 products per unit, so not only am I maxed out, but I don’t have to scramble to get more cars to make more money (simply because I’m making more off of less cars than some other business managers). If I’m having a slow month I’m still making a little over $200 per car, so if I put 40 cars on the road that’s still $8,000 per month, plus bonuses from the dealership and from the service contract company. Plus I still sell about four cars per month, so that eats away my draw throughout the month so when my monthly F&I check comes, there’s nothing being taken away from it!
3) Figure out your niche!
-My niche is coming across as being helpful instead of someone who’s trying to sell the crap out of anything to anyone. My fellow business managers tell me that I have a certain look about me that comes across as being someone who you can be open and honest with. Do I take advantage of this? You bet I do! Do I lie to people to sell them things? Heck no! Do I ask questions that make it hard for them to say no to me after I know the answers to them? Dang right! I know that if I get someone who’s straight to the numbers, I’m not the strongest so I will actually T.O. to another business manager who is stronger with them. But when they get someone who they’ve made upset by being too pushy, they’ll come and T.O. to me because I can build rapport very quickly and become a part of their shopping team instead of someone who’s pushing products.
Start with these three things, write out your answers and think about them. Once you figure out these three things you are on your way to making more money!
Is this the be all end all of lists to help you make more money? Absolutely not!
But will this help you to catch some momentum and build a happier work day? You hit the nail on the head!