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Aircraft age and rates

Adam Answers

Adam answers in November's edition

Question: Does the age of an airplane greatly affect the rates of financing an aircraft? And, if so, is there anything to help offset the high rate? 

Answer: Rates are primarily based on the amount being borrowed and credit worthiness. Since older aircraft tend to sell for less, the rates tend to be higher. Age of the aircraft does not affect rates, however, it can affect down payment. Typically older aircraft require more down. All lenders determine their age cutoffs differently, but a good rule of thumb is any aircraft manufactured prior to 1960 will require at least 20% down as opposed to 15% down for newer piston-singles.

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Adam Meredith
Adam Meredith
President of AOPA Aviation Finance Company
Adam Meredith, the longtime president of AOPA Aviation Finance Co., died after a long battle with cancer in December 2023. He is remembered for his passion for helping fellow pilots, leading a team devoted to putting flight training and aircraft ownership within everyone’s reach.
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