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How to Finance a Snowmobile

December 7, 2017

A man rides his snowmobile, financed through First Source, across a snowy field
Start with these helpful steps

If you want to get your first snowmobile—or upgrade to a newer model—and your credit isn’t ideal, can you still get financing? And just as important: should you finance? It might be best to plan and save first. Whether you want new or used snowmobile financing, we offer smart, sensible ways to help guide you in what’s best for getting what you want, while still keeping your finances in check. 

Know Your Options
We recommend that you sit with us first to discuss your options before considering financing solutions. Our Member Representatives can look at your options, and the effects a loan may have on your credit and financial standing.

Determine What You Want to Spend

  • Determine the type of snowmobile that will fit the kind of riding you want to do; ask your friends who ride for their help

  • Decide if you want a new sled, or are willing to consider a used one

  • Do some initial research into pricing—both new and used—for the sled you want

  • Include other relevant costs in your total: insurance, typical maintenance and repairs, a trailer, storage, trail fees, clothing and accessories, etc.

  • Arrive at a total for your initial costs and ongoing monthly expenses

Evaluate Your Financial Standing
While your First Source representative will help you determine your current financial standing, you can do some of your own research, including checking:

  • Your credit standing

  • Your cash flow (monthly income and spending)

  • Your current savings

You can check your own credit before an appointment, and we’ll take a look during the loan process. The kinds of factors that can affect your credit standing:

  • Have you always (or almost always) made loan payments on time?

  • Do you keep your credit within practical limits (avoid over-extending yourself)?

  • Do you have a limited number of loans you are currently paying?

  • Do you have high balances on any credit cards?

How Much Can You Afford?
Before you apply for financing, look at your household budget for a rough idea of how much you can afford every month. You don’t want to stretch yourself thin so that you can’t make your loan payments for any reason. Consider how much you have left over each month, how much you have saved, and how long you believe you can pay off a loan. We can work with you to determine what you can afford.

Live smarter by making an appointment today to meet with one of our Financial Services Representatives about snowmobile financing. Don’t keep those trails waiting!

How to Finance Your Ski Vacation

December 22, 2017

Skis, boots, and poles rest against a Jeep as family prepares for their financed ski vacation
Saving and planning ahead

A family ski or snowboarding trip to a popular resort can be an experience to remember, and it can also be expensive. From accommodations to lift tickets, gear rental, meals, and entertainment, the costs for your winter getaway can quickly add up. This list may help you enjoy the full experience without the highest costs. How can you save, and decide if a personal loan is right for you?


Saving Money

  • Book Ahead
    Your biggest cost savings could be achieved by planning ahead. Decide how you want to finance the trip, and book your trip in advance. Almost every aspect of your trip, from accommodations to lift tickets, cost the most when paying “at the desk”. Most resorts offer discounts for those planning ahead.

  • Avoid Peak Dates
    While this isn’t always possible, planning your trip in the early or late season, during the week, and during times that most people aren’t on vacation, can save you on almost all your expenses.

  • Choose Hidden Gems
    The most popular winter destinations are in highest demand, and so can demand the highest prices. Look for highly rated resorts that are just a bit less popular, but offer a great experience. We’re also close to Canada, home to many amazing ski resorts.

  • Shop for Discounts
    Look for promotions, package deals, and discounts online before you book. You might be surprised at the sizable savings. Don’t forget to check travel sites, which offer savings on airfare, lodging, and rentals. Consider booking your accommodations through a trusted home- and apartment-rental site, or even a home swapping service.


Paying for Vacation

If you’ll need financing for your trip, there are some solid recommendations, and some decisions to make about how you finance.


Personal Loan

A personal loan may be a good option to cover reasonably large expenses.

  1. It’s often less costly than other forms of borrowing. Check online or ask us about current rates.

  2. Budgeting can be easier. You’ll know up front what your monthly payments will be, and how long they’ll last.

Meet with a First Source Representative first, and make sure all the terms, any fees, and the payments all work with your budget and financial standing.


Credit Cards

We generally recommend using your credit cards to pay for some of the day-to-day vacation costs, especially if you earn rewards, and can pay them back over the short term. One option: secure your personal loan, use your credit cards for expenses (to earn your rewards), and fully pay them down using your loan; then all you have is a low-rate loan to pay back.


Plan Ahead

Vacations are some of the most rewarding ways to spend our money. With our help, you can plan ahead and manage your finances in a way that makes your vacation a little more enjoyable.

Live smarter by making an appointment today to meet with one of our Financial Services Representatives about your winter vacation financing.


 

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