Buying a Recreational Vehicle: What to Know Before You Buy

Although winter’s grip is holding tight, you may be considering a purchase you can enjoy once Spring finally arrives. Recreational vehicles—boats, campers, 4-wheelers, motorcycles, jet skis, and RV’s—help Minnesotans make up for the months of winter with fair-weather fun. But is your purchase a prudent one? Here are some things to consider before making the spring splurge.

  1.     Do Your Research

Before heading to a dealership or a sports show, do a little online research about the various types and price points of the item you want. There are several classes of RV’s, several types of ATV’s, and many variations on your classic jet-ski. Read reviews, research manufacturers, compare features and have some understanding of what you’re really hoping to get in your new purchase.

  1.     Ask Around

If you are looking to buy a new recreational vehicle, chances are you’ve used or have been a guest in someone else’s. (And we know that people love to talk about their vehicles.) So ask around, find out what people like or dislike about their campers, 4-wheelers, boats, or motorcycles, and get the real story from others. You just might get to enjoy a test run in your pursuit of forming your opinion.

  1.     Establish a Budget

Just like any large purchase, it is essential to have a predetermined budget. Consider payment options and talk with one of TopLine’s representatives to receive advice on a recreational vehicle loan. We will advise you through the loan process, and help you determine the right budget for you. Click here to get started, or call us at (763) 391-9494.

  1.     Don’t Rule Out Previously-Owned

All of these items can be purchased used—something to consider when thinking about price versus how often you will use it. When you look at used, ask the owner for service records and specific information on how it runs. Conduct a thorough check of the tires, frame, paint, rust levels, etc, just as you would when buying a used car. You may find used recreational vehicles that have only been used for few seasons, (and sparingly at that) so finding a gem that has very little wear is not impossible.

  1.     See and Compare in Person

To speak with experts, hop in the driver’s seat, and really compare different brands, sizes, and models, head to a local Sport’s Show. Be sure to set a budget before you go and remember that you are there for research, not to buy. (Not just yet, anyway!)

Minneapolis Boat Show: Jan. 19-22
St. Cloud Sportsman’s Show: Feb. 10-12
RV, Vacation & Camping Show: Feb. 9-11
Northwest Sports Show: March 23-26

 

Enjoy this exciting process of choosing your new boat or recreational vehicle, and contact TopLine with any questions on our loan options so you can get the toy you want!

 

The Many Benefits of Home Equity Loans

Are you facing a major lifestyle change, but are unsure of how to finance it? Obtaining a home equity loan might be the right answer for your finances. A home-equity loan, also known as a second mortgage, allows responsible homeowners to borrow money by leveraging the equity in their homes. Home equity loans are fixed-rate loans set at a lower interest rate than other lines of credit.

dollars-31085_640There are many benefits of a home equity loan that can help you secure financial assistance. Lower interest rates are an excellent draw for many homeowners. Home equity loans have lower interest rates compared to credit card annual percentage rates (APRs), and because a home equity loan is secured by the collateral of your home, lenders are more confident in a borrower’s ability to pay back debt. Borrowers benefit from this confidence with lower rates.

Borrowers can also benefit from a cash payment. Home equity loans, unlike other lines of credit, provide a lump sum of cash based on the amount of equity in your home, allowing you to pay off major expenses with one check.

Obtaining a home equity loan is an excellent option for certain and specific situations. If you are considering how to finance home improvement and renovations, a home equity loan can help you reinvest in your home and property value. Make the most of a smart investment by researching home property values in your area and making market-savvy options.

calculator-1276066_640An additional benefit of a home equity loan comes in the form of a potential tax deduction. With the consultation of a tax advisor, 100% of your home equity loan interest payments may be tax deductible. This can be a major advantage when comparing financial loan options, as 100% tax deduction may not be the case with credit card debt.

A home equity loan can simplify your finances and assist with debt consolidation. Home equity loans have fixed, lower interest rates and lower monthly payments. Additionally, a fixed rate will mean that you know exactly what you pay each month with no variation or surprises.

In the situation of a major life event or expense, such as a wedding or an unexpected medical expense, a home equity loan can help more than spreading such an expense over multiple credit cards or taking on private loans. While a home equity loan can be beneficial in certain situations, refrain from seeking a home equity loan on short-term expenses and property resales. In these situations, there will be better financing options at lower interest rates.

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TopLine Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a sweepstakes in which you can enter for a chance to win a pair of Twins tickets valued at $191. Score a home equity loan or home equity line of credit and possibly a set of tickets to see the Twins in action! For more information, visit our website to see the Official Rules.

With so many options for financial assistance, let TopLine Federal Credit Union help pick an option that works best for your family to help you meet your financial goals, simplify your debt, and reach your ideal lifestyle. Apply online, or contact a friendly TopLine representative to get started!