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Over the past few years, caravanning and camping have grown in popularity. Despite international travel starting to pick up again, demand for caravans is still high.

When purchasing a caravan, your finance options are very similar to that of a car loan. However, there are some key differences that you should factor in.

Here are five aspects of caravan and camper loans that you should know before committing.

 

Different interest rates

Caravan and camper loans come with various interest rates, which are typically dependent on the lender, the type of loan and your credit history. One of the most important factors affecting the interest rate is whether the loan is secured or unsecured. A secured loan is backed by an asset, in this case the caravan. This means if you default on payments, the lender can repossess your caravan. Secured loans typically come with lower interest rates, while unsecured loans – which do not tie the loan to the asset – tend to have higher rates.

 

Loan terms

Caravan loan terms can range from a few years to around seven, which is similar to a car loan. While shorter loan terms result in higher monthly payments, you’ll ultimately pay less interest over the life of the loan. Finding the right loan term for you is something you should discuss with your finance broker. Borrowers can also choose between fixed and variable-rate loans. Fixed-rate loans offer repayment certainty, while variable-rate loans will change with market conditions. Variable loans often provide more flexible payment options and the ability to be paid off sooner.

 

Options and extras

When you buy a new car, there is always the possibility of adding extras and upgrading features. The same is true of caravans where you can include things like additional bedding areas, plumbing or furniture and appliances. Typically, these extras can add thousands of dollars to your overall cost, so it’s important to account for these extras when applying for a loan.

 

Creditworthiness

There might still be financing options available to you to purchase a caravan even with a poor credit rating. However, your credit score and report will be something a lender takes into account when determining your interest rate and whether to approve the loan or not. Prior to applying for finance, it’s always a good idea to try and improve your credit score and focus on making payments on time (or early) on your current loans, credit cards and other bills.

 

Dealer finance

When shopping for a caravan or camper, you will normally be offered some form of in-house financing from dealers or manufacturers. While these loans can be convenient, they might also come with higher interest rates and more restrictive repayment terms.

It’s always a good idea to speak to a finance broker before you start the search for a caravan or camper to compare your options and try to get preapproved for finance. This way you will know you’re getting the best loan for your personal situation and have a clear idea of how much you can spend.