For many people, the amount of the monthly payment is a pivotal factor in the purchase. Knowing how much you want to allocate from your monthly budget is a key point to bring up in your discussions with your dealer.
Typically, loan providers look for a minimum down payment of 10 to 20% of the purchase price. Having an understanding of your credit will help you determine which down payment is likely to be required. Any extra amount you put down over the required down payment will lower your monthly payment and loan amount.
The number of years, or the term, of your loan is another important consideration. Boats are often financed for longer terms. Loan terms of 60, 84, 120, or even 144 months are the norm in recreational lending.
When you complete your purchase, you will have an opportunity to consider the inclusion of optional protections and/or services in your financing which can enhance your boating experience. These products include selected accessories, extended service and payment protection plans. Since the benefit of these plans can extend those protections for several years, it makes sense to include them in your financing for a very small increase in the monthly payment.