Does my down payment affect my interest rate?

Adam answers in March's edition. 

 Q: I am considering buying a plane in order to finish up my Instrument Rating training. For an approximately $80,000 Cessna 172, I  thinking of putting down $25,000 as down payment. What is a typical interest rate for the balance $55,000 for a 15 year period?

A: Hello Mr. Kumar and thank you for reaching out. Based on a $55,000 loan amount, you could expect rates between 5.24% and 6%. Over a 15 year term this equates to a monthly payment of roughly $442. This payment assumes 740+ credit score and personal usage.

If this is your first time financing an aircraft, I would recommend that you check our resource page for First Time Buyers. Here you will find information about preparing  your financials, applying for the approval, negotiating the sale and closing on the loan.

In general, for aircraft with a purchase price of $150k or below a greater down payment will not affect the rate. When looking at more complex aircraft, or aircraft with a sales price of $150k or above, a higher down payment to reduce the LTV (loan to value) will have an effect on the interest rate. Another option to reduce the rate on aircraft with a purchase price of $150k plus, would be to shorten the loan term and amortization

Good luck with your instrument training and give us call so we can help you get pre-approved.

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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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