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Construction Equipment Financing: How it Actually Works (in 2019)

Posted by Rob Misheloff

Do you need to finance construction equipment for your business?

There’s a lot of goober-y stuff out there on the web that says nothing…

…and some utter nonsense…

…but not much knock-down, drag-out, honest-to-god truth.

Want the real dirt info on how construction equipment financing works?

Let's rock... 

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Topics: construction equipment

Commercial Truck Financing for Good Credit, Bad Credit and Startups

Posted by Rob Misheloff

If you're trying to get the information you need about commercial truck financing you may be having some difficulty.

The big problem in the truck financing industry -  some people that run financing companies learned early on in their career that if you come right out and say to people what the financing will really cost...

They will hang up on you.

It's better just to lie to you about the rates and payments - once we check your credit we can just make up some BS excuse why the costs are going to be higher than what you were first told.

Of course, by the time you've sent in your credit application, you've already picked out your truck and the dealer is going to be pissed if you don't get it financed pronto.

That's pretty lame, right?

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Topics: Leasing, dump trucks, construction equipment

How Much are Payments on a Used Bobcat?

Posted by Rob Misheloff

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Topics: equipment leasing rates, construction equipment, skid steers

Backhoe Leasing Rates: How Much Will Your Payments Be?

Posted by Rob Misheloff

With construction demand growing steadily, the amount of people we talk to who need to finance construction equipment such as backhoes is growing as well.

The vast majority of companies purchasing construction equipment will end up financing, and many will look to equipment leasing companies to enable those transactions.

If you're looking into backhoe leasing, your first and most important question will be in figuring out what your actual payments are.

Knowing your payment is crucial, because in planning your backhoe purchase, you need to know:

  1. Will you be able to afford the monthly payments?
  2. With your expected monthly payments, will you generate enough profit

Let's talk about qualifying, and then we'll go over the costs to actually finance your backhoe purchase.

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Topics: equipment leasing rates, construction equipment

How Much Does It Cost to Finance or Lease a Bulldozer?

Posted by Rob Misheloff

Bulldozers are one of the more expensive pieces of equipment folks ask about. 

That makes the process sometimes different than some other heavy equipment we talk aboujt. 

Before we get started, if:

  • You have credit over 700... and...
  • You aren't a startup...and...
  • You are buying new equipment from a dealer

Then you can probably get lower rates directly from your dealer... 

For example, there is  Caterpillar Finance or John Deere Financial.

Their rates are much lower than any bank or equipment finance company can offer you.

However, other times you finance construction equipment like bulldozers, companies that lease or finance equipment will often be who you speak to. 

So, what would be the cost to lease a bulldozer?

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Topics: equipment leasing rates, construction equipment

Leasing Caterpillar Equipment: Costs, Prices and Other Variables

Posted by Rob Misheloff

We field a lot of calls from people that are looking into buying Caterpillar equipment.

Hardly anyone has the cash to buy equipment from Cat without financing it.

Cat Finance offers 4.99% and sometimes lower rates on used equipment, but they will not finance any equipment more than ten years old.

Since CAT equipment lasts forever, lots of folks we talk to are buying equipment more than ten years old.

Also, you need two (or more) years in business and really good credit to finance through CAT, so many customers will not qualify.

The problem a lot of our customers have run into is that it's almost impossible to find real information about what financing heavy equipment (including Caterpillar equipment) will actually cost on the internet.

This article will give you a better idea of what the actual costs might be relative to your business situation.

Note: You might get bored of reading. You can always scroll back up and click here to just get an honest quote to finance caterpillar equipment

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Topics: equipment leasing rates, construction equipment

What are Heavy Equipment Finance Rates?

Posted by Rob Misheloff

We talk to quite a few folks about heavy equipment finance.

The question we get most often, and usually first, is, "What are the rates?"

The answer is always the same.

Heavy equipment finance rates depend on your situation.

A lot goes into the costs of financing or leasing heavy equipment, so this article will attempt to give you a better idea of what the costs will really be to finance heavy equipment.

The most important things that go into determining heavy equipment finance costs are:

  1. Who you use for financing
  2. The cost of the equipment
  3. Loan vs. Lease
  4. Your personal credit
  5. How long you've been in business

Let's talk about each of these things and how they relate to what your equipment will cost.

Special note: We can tell you what your rates would be relative to your unique situation. 

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Topics: Leasing, equipment leasing rates, construction equipment

Dump Truck Financing: What are Your Options?

Posted by Rob Misheloff

So, you need to finance a dump truck…

… but your credit isn’t so great…

Note: If your credit is not so bad, you may want to check out our Ultimate Guide to Dump Truck Financing 

You already know buying your own dump truck is WAY better than driving for somebody else.

 (Dump truck owners make an average of $128,263 per year, while those who drive for others make around $17.40 an hour).

Many finance companies won’t consider dump truck loans or leases if you have bad credit.

There are options, though.

Let’s talk about how to buy a dump truck if your credit isn’t perfect.


Free Bonus Section: The first question we get asked about financing a dump truck is usually how much you will need to put down. We've put together a free guide to dump truck down payments. Click here to get access.

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Topics: Leasing, equipment leasing rates, dump trucks, construction equipment

Answers to the Top 6 Questions About Financing a Used Skid Steer

Posted by Rob Misheloff

We answer a ton of questions at Smarter Finance USA about financing skid steers.

Most of the time we end up talking to someone about financing used equipment.

Generally, most shoppers have the same 5 questions.

The questions we are asked most are:

  1. Do I have to own a business to get financing?
  2. What does it take to qualify?
  3. What are the rates?
  4. Do I have to put any money down?
  5. Will the equipment I want qualify for a loan or lease?
  6. How long does it take?

Let's talk about these things.

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Topics: Leasing, equipment leasing rates, construction equipment, skid steers

5 Lies Heavy Equipment Finance Companies Tell You

Posted by Rob Misheloff


So... you need to finance heavy equipment.

Are you wondering which companies you can trust?

We hear from many folks who speak to a heavy equipment finance company...

...and get told one thing...

...but after they have paid a deposit the terms change. 

Maybe you've seen some of this debauchery out there. 

if you know what to look for... hopefully you can avoid some of the shams when you finance construction machinery

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Topics: Leasing, Problems With Business Lending, equipment leasing rates, construction equipment

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