Ready to hit the road? Start your trip with a loan for RVs and recreational vehicles.
Become a warrior of the weekend or travel the country with your new or used recreational vehicle. When you want to take the comforts of your home to the road, SunTrust can help you with low rates for a loan to finance a variety of RVs, recreational vehicles or camping trailers. Getting started is easy and our experts can help you find the ideal option for what you need.
You have two financing options: a direct loan or financing from the dealer.
If you opt for a direct loan, you get a loan directly from a bank, financial company or credit union. In this case, you agree to pay the amount financed, plus the agreed financial charge, for a period of time. When you make a purchase contract for a vehicle with a dealer, use the loan granted by the direct lender to pay the vehicle to the dealer.
A direct loan can offer you:
- The opportunity to compare. You have the possibility to directly search, compare and find out the credit terms of several providers before committing to buy a specific vehicle.
- The possibility of knowing the terms of the credit in advance. If you get financing before buying the vehicle, when you go out to buy the vehicle you will already know the interest rate and the terms that will apply.
If you opt for dealer financing – another common type of vehicle financing – you get financing through the dealer. In this case, you and a dealer formalize a contract that states that you buy a vehicle and agree to pay the amount financed, plus the agreed financial charge, for a period of time. The concessionaire can retain the contract, but usually sells it to a bank, financial company or credit union -called assignee or assignee- that manages the account and collects the payments.
The dealer’s financing can offer you:
- Convenience. The dealers offer vehicles and financing in one place, and they may have more extended hours, for example, in the evening and during the weekends.
- Multiple financing options As the dealer can have a relationship with several banks and finance companies, if you finance the purchase through the dealership you can access a wide variety of options.
- Special programs. Dealers can sometimes offer some programs sponsored by vehicle manufacturers or programs with low interest rates or incentives for buyers. These programs may be limited to certain vehicles or have special requirements, such as a higher down payment or a shorter contract (36 or 48 months). To participate in these programs, you may be required to have a high credit score; Find out if you meet this requirement.
Remember: Search and compare before deciding to buy or make a leasing contract. Consider offers from different concessionaires and from various sources of financing, including banks, credit unions and finance companies. The best way to find the vehicle and financing or leasing terms that best suit your needs is to search and compare before buying.
Before buying a vehicle or leasing
Consider federal and state laws
Review federal and state laws that affect the process of financing and leasing a vehicle. These laws offer you important information that may be useful to negotiate a better deal or to better understand the process. They also grant you certain rights.
Determine how much you can afford
Before financing or leasing a vehicle, analyze your financial situation to make sure you have enough income to cover your monthly expenses. Then, if you want to finance the purchase of a vehicle, know that the amount you will pay in total will depend on several factors, including the price you negotiate for the vehicle, the annual percentage rate or APR, which may also be negotiable, and the duration of the credit agreement.
Decide to finance or lease a vehicle when you know you are able to take on a new obligation. Check the overall cost of the purchase or the leasing contract.
When negotiating financing or leasing consider the amount of the payment or monthly fee. If you wish, you can use the ” monthly expenses plan ” form as a guide.
The only appropriate time to consider taking on additional debt is when you spend less than you earn. The extra burden of the debt that you decide to assume should not affect the amount you set out to save for emergencies or for other priorities or life goals. By saving money for a down payment or delivering a vehicle as part of a payment, you can reduce the amount of money you need to finance and reduce your financing costs. In some cases, the value of your vehicle delivered as part of payment can be used to cover the initial payment of your new vehicle.
If you owe an amount greater than the market value of your vehicle, you have a negative net worth. This is something that you have to take into consideration if you plan to use your vehicle to deliver it as part of payment. The longer your new credit agreement, the longer it will take to reach a positive net value on the new vehicle – that is, until it is worth more than you owe. If you have a negative net worth, you will have to make a higher down payment. Another option would be for the dealer to offer to include the negative net value in your new financing contract by increasing the value of the financed amount to include the amount you still owe on your current vehicle. This will increase the amount of your payments or monthly fees on the new contract in two ways: what you owe adds to the amount financed and increases the financial charge. If you have a negative net worth on your vehicle, that is, if you owe more than it is worth, consider canceling the debt before buying another vehicle. And if you use the vehicle as part of payment, ask what effect your negative net value will have on your new credit obligation.
For more information, read Car Sales and Negative Net Worth
Monthly expense plan
To finance or lease, consider all the costs involved, do not think only of the payment or monthly fee. Knowing how much you spend monthly and taking into account your saving purposes and habits will be useful to make a more realistic budget.
Subtract the amount of money you need to cover all of your savings goals and your monthly expenses, including monthly credit payments and what you pay every month to cover your housing and utility costs.
The remaining balance is the maximum amount you can afford to pay as a monthly fee for a vehicle and all new related expenses, for example, vehicle insurance.
The remaining balance in Column 2 will indicate whether you are able to afford the payment of a new vehicle and the modification of your expenses.
- Complete Column 1 based on your current situation. Begin by writing down the amount of your net income. It is the money you have left after deducting taxes and other deductions.
- Complete Column 2 based on your new situation. In this column you will indicate the payment of your new vehicle and the adjustments you have made to accommodate your expenses and credit obligations. Adjust all those expenses that may increase or decrease when you have a vehicle, such as maintenance and insurance expenses.
|Net monthly income||$ ______________________||$ ______________________|
|Savings||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Payment of the mortgage / rent||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Public services||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Food||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Transport||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Insurance (Housing, vehicle, life)||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Taxes||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Clothes||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Personal expenses||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Entertainment||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Gifts and contributions||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Education||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Credit card payments||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Payment (s) of the vehicle||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|Various||– $ _____________________||– $ _____________________|
|REMAINING BALANCE||= $ _____________________||= $ _____________________|
Most dealerships have a Financing and Insurance (F & I) Department where they will provide information on the available financing options. The Manager of the Financing and Insurance Department will ask you to complete a credit application that may include the following information:
- Your name.
- Your Social Security number
- Your date of birth.
- Your current address and the previous address (s) and the amount of time you lived in each place.
- The name of your current employer and that of your employer or previous employers and the amount of time you stayed at each job.
- Your occupation.
- Your sources of income.
- The total of your gross monthly income.
- The financial information of your credit accounts, including your debt obligations.
Most grantees will request a copy of your credit report that contains information about your current and previous credit obligations, your payment record and public record data (for example, a bankruptcy filing registered in court records). The credit report indicates the number, type and terms of each of your accounts, and the credit limit, the last balance and the most recent payment on those accounts. The comments section describes the current status of your account, including a summary of the creditor referring to information about unpaid unpaid debts and any legal action taken to collect those obligations.
Typically, the dealer presents your credit application to one or more potential assignees or assignees, such as a bank, finance company or credit union, to determine if they are willing to buy your contract from the dealer.
These financial companies or other potential assignees evaluate your credit application using automated techniques, such as the credit scoring system, that evaluate and qualify a variety of factors such as your credit history, your seniority in employment, your income and their expenses.
When you process financing through a dealer, the potential assignee will not deal directly with you. Your evaluation is based on the data of your report and credit score, the data entered in the credit application and the terms of the sale, such as the initial payment amount. Each potential assignee or assignee decides if it is willing to buy the contract, notifies the dealer of its decision, and in the corresponding cases, offers the dealer the wholesale rate that will be applied to the purchase of the contract, often called the “purchase rate”. ”
Your dealer may offer you some incentive granted by the vehicle manufacturer, such as reduced financing rates or cash withdrawals for certain models. You may see these special offers in ads posted in your area and on the internet. Be sure to ask your dealer if there is a special financing offer available for the car model you are interested in purchasing. Generally, these discounted rates are non-negotiable, may have limitations based on a consumer’s credit history, and / or may be available only for certain makes, models or year of vehicle manufacture.
When there is no special financing offer available, generally, you can negotiate the annual percentage rate (APR) and the terms of payment with the dealer in the same way you negotiate the price of the vehicle. Usually, the APR rate that you negotiate with the dealer is higher than the wholesale rate described above because it includes an amount to compensate the dealer for dealing with the financing. This negotiation can be done before or after the dealer accepts and processes your credit application. Try to negotiate the lowest possible APR rate in the same way you would negotiate the best price for the vehicle.
The concessionaires that promote rebates, discounts or special prices must clearly explain what are the applicable requirements to access these incentives. For example, these types of offerings may be available to recent college graduates or members of the armed forces, or they may have reductions that only apply to specific vehicles. Find out if you meet the requirements to access rebates, discounts or special offers available as they can help you reduce the price of your vehicle and therefore, the amount that finances or is part of your lease.
Most consumers who apply for a credit will receive a notice of disclosure of their credit score. This notice includes a credit score, the source of that score and information about the place that score takes with respect to other consumers.
Ask questions about the terms of the contract before signing it. For example, before leaving the dealer’s premises driving the vehicle, ask if the terms of the contract are final and if they are fully approved. If the dealer tells you that you are still working on the approval, keep in mind that it is not yet a definitive deal.
Consider waiting until you sign the contract and stay with your current vehicle until funding is fully approved. Or find out about other funding sources before signing and leaving your car at the dealer’s location.
When a vehicle is acquired through a lease, or rent with purchase option, you have the right to use it for the amount of miles and months agreed in the leasing contract. When the leasing ends, you can return the vehicle, pay the charges and expenses of termination of the lease, and “leave”. If your contract establishes a purchase option, you can buy the vehicle for the additional price agreed, this purchase option is a typical clause of leasing contracts. In most cases, if you terminate the lease contract ahead of time you will have to pay an early termination fee that can be quite substantial.
Usually, the monthly payments of a lease are lower than the monthly payments of the financing of the same vehicle because with a lease you are paying the depreciation of the planned vehicle during the leasing period, plus a rental charge, taxes and other charges. But when the lease is finished, you must return the vehicle, unless the contract states that you can buy it and that you accept the costs and terms of the purchase.
To determine if a lease suits your situation:
- Consider the costs you will have to pay at the beginning, middle and end of the lease.
- Compare different offers and terms of leasing, including the limits applicable to the number of miles or mileage.
- Consider the amount of time you want to keep the vehicle.
In most standard leasing contracts the mileage limit is calculated based on a number of miles you can roll, usually 15,000 or less per year. You can negotiate a higher mileage limit, but normally, the amount of your monthly payments will be higher because there will be a greater depreciation of the vehicle during the leasing period. If you exceed the mileage limit set in the lease, you will likely have to pay additional charges when you return the vehicle.
When you lease, you have to take responsibility for excessive wear and tear and for any missing equipment or components. You must also service the vehicle according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and must have insurance that complies with the rules of the leasing company.
For more information, read Keys to Vehicle Leasing , a publication of the Federal Reserve Board available in English and Spanish.
Loan for motor home and recreational vehicles
If you buy a higher value RV, this loan is the ideal solution. With amounts of up to $ 1.5 million, flexible amortization and competitive rates, our options are as flexible as your needs.
Recreational Vehicle Loan LightStream
If your credit is excellent, the unsecured loan from LightStream does not require a guarantee. Applications are processed online, so you will receive quick financing with access to funds on day
Important information about these products
1 You can finance your loan today if today is a day of attention for banking operations, your application is approved and you complete the following steps before 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time: (1) review and sign your agreement electronically loan; (2) give us your financing preferences and the relevant banking information; and (3) complete the final verification process.
2 Your actual rate may vary based on several factors, including the term of the loan. The available rates may change without prior notice. Property insurance is required. The loan approval and the final terms are subject to review of your credit history, income and other factors. Current rates as of 02/01/2018.
3 The annual percentage rate mentioned is for a boat loan, recreational vehicle or unsecured aircraft between $ 10,000 and $ 24,999 with a term of between 24 and 36 months, for applicants with excellent credit. Your APR may vary depending on the purpose of the loan, amount, term and your credit profile. The rate is quoted with a discount from AutoPay, which is only available when you select AutoPay before financing the loan. The rates under the billing option are 0.50% higher. Subject to credit approval. Conditions and limitations apply. The advertised rates and terms are subject to change without notice.
* Example of LightStream payment: monthly payments for a loan of $ 10,000 at 2.99% annual percentage rate with a term of 3 years would result in 36 monthly payments of $ 290.77.
Maximum annual percentage rate for a LightStream loan: 14.49% c / AutoPay.
4 Example of payment: amount of the financed loan of $ 100,000 after an initial payment of 15% with a term of 20 years at a fixed rate of 4.75% of the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) that could result in 240 monthly payments of $ 646.22.
5 Consult a tax advisor regarding deductible interest.