Top 5 tips when applying for a caravan loan

Published on December 4th, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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With the price of caravans ranging from $10,000 up to $500,000, applying for the right finance can make a significant difference to the overall cost of this investment.

Just as with a car, truck or other vehicle, there is a wide range of caravan loan options available to different lifestyles and needs.

While all of these options can increase competition and provide a better deal for caravan buyers, it can also make it hard to know which options will be the best ones to apply for. 

But to make the process easier, here are five of the best tips to keep in mind when applying for a caravan loan. 

1. Do some research on the price of caravans you like

One of the first things to consider when it comes to any loan is how much money will need to be borrowed.

In the case of caravans, people considering applying for a caravan loan will need to consider whether they want a new or a used caravan, or even a more luxury motorhome option.

Whatever the case is, prices vary significantly between different makes and models, so it is a good idea to look at a few different caravan options to get clear idea of the amount of finance required. Then it will be easier to start looking at more specific caravan loan options.

2. Compare caravan loan options

Every loan is slightly different, making it more important to compare a few options before applying for a caravan loan. 

Quotes for different caravan loan options, for example, can make the process easier by providing information more relevant to your circumstances without leading to actual financial obligations. 

It is also important to keep in mind that even the smallest difference between caravan loans can lead to huge financial savings, so the more loans that are compared, the better the chance of getting the best caravan loan.

3. Look for competitive rates

Competitive interest rates are one of the most important features of any loan because they makes a huge difference to the total cost and the time spent making repayments

A competitive interest rate for a caravan loan could make it more affordable to go for a better model and cut years off the time you spend dealing with the debt. 

By looking at a few different caravan loan options, it will become easier to get a clear picture of the kinds of rates to expect and what the best choices will be. 

4. Factor In Additional Caravan Costs

Buying a caravan comes with a range of costs beyond the actual vehicle. These could include add-ons for the caravan as well as fees for registration and insurance, all of which could add hundreds of dollars to the cost of purchasing and using a caravan.

While some people may choose to pay additional charges with savings or other money, most caravan loans also allow people to borrow extra for these types of costs. Whatever the case may be, it is easier to budget for these costs when they have been factored in beforehand.  

5. Read the terms and conditions

The terms and conditions for caravan finance vary as much as any other feature, and they are important to consider in case anything changes in the future. 

Some caravan loans, for example, might charge you an administrative fee if you decide to pay extra off the loan, while others might be more flexible about repayment lengths and terms. Some may come with extras or insurance discounts, while others offer just the basic finance that you need.

Whatever the case may be, reading the terms and conditions before you apply will help you know exactly what you are signing up for.

Finance is often an essential part of buying a vehicle, but one that can make people feel out of their depth. By keeping these tips in mind when you are looking at caravan loans, you should be able to get the best deal on finance and a vehicle to match.

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The interest rate, comparison rate, fees and monthly repayments will depend on factors specific to your profile, such as your financial situation, as well as others, such as the loan’s size and your chosen repayment term. Costs such as broker fees, redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, aren’t included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts may result in a different comparison rate.

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