Huntington Beach, CA: My trip to the mechanic made me think about why it is important to have a business loan broker in your corner.
My car recently started misfiring and I took it to the local, large regional mechanic shop (name held anonymous out of professional courtesy) to have them take a look at it. This particular mechanic occupies a lot of space in a high rent district, offers coffee and cookies in the waiting area and an overall professional and sterile atmosphere. The mechanic bays where the specialists operate and solve problems for sick cars looks like it was created by Boeing itself.
After the expert diagnosis was delivered (my car needed new spark plugs and two ignition coils replaced) they provided the cost estimate. I thought to myself, “this is going to be steep” and I wasn’t disappointed. Total cost $682.17. Seeing that I need my car and can’t go more than a few hours without it, I reluctantly agreed. Their courtesy shuttle drove me home and would later pick me up.
When I returned to the shop, the mechanic came out and said, “your car is all done, but you really should replace the other ignition coils and your timing belt is showing cracks and can break at any second.” He went on to say, “the timing belt is a big expense costing roughly $1,200 and then of course the cost of the other coils would bring use to around $1,800 with labor.” I said I would bring it back as I needed to pick up my kids from school.
As I was driving to my kids’ school, my head still in a fog having gone through the surreal experience of knowing that you are not getting the whole story, but not having the knowledge to know for sure, I remembered my trusted Volvo mechanic. I went to this fancy mechanic because they can service the car the same day and I was in a urgent need to have my car back. Now that I had the time, I called my Volvo specialist and booked an appointment.
He replaced the timing belt and also took care of some other minor repairs that weren’t urgent but nice to have done (one of running lights was out, there was a slow leak in my right front tire, and an issue with the passenger side door handle). The short story was that all these repairs had a total cost of $365.00! This was the timing belt that was going to cost me $1,200 according to the fancy mechanic. By the way, the other engine coils didn’t need to be replaced and if they happen to misfire, you can take the car in at your leisure within 100-200 miles of running the car like that. Quite a different story than the high priced mechanic gave me.
Where am I going with this? I saved a few bucks and that is a great win for me personally, but what does it have to do with securing capital and business loans? A lot actually. You see, the high priced guys would never tell me about their competitor working out of a little industrial box charging 1/3 the cost. They would never tell me that replacing the other ignition coils wasn’t necessary (on the contrary, they urged me to). I saved a lot of money by remembering who else was out there, offering similar service and quality work for less.
Business owners in the market for equipment loans, purchase order financing, SBA loans or any other type of loan often enter the process blind. This exposes them to being taken advantage of and subject to convincing, yet biased, opinions of how to handle their funding needs. Direct lenders are experts at explaining the benefits of their financing, but would never tell you where to go to get a competitive quote.
As unbiased business loan consultants, we provide our clients with the confidence to explore their funding needs knowing that we, with our industry experience, knowledge and contacts, are working on their behalf. Do you know if you are about to pay three times more than you should? Is the loan structure being offered by your lender truly the best for your business?
Save yourself the time, energy and frustration of exploring your business loan options and leave it to us. We work with business owners and funding sources on a daily basis and have our fingers on the pulse of the debt markets. Give us a call and let us discuss your capital needs 714-719-8966
To your success,
Patrick Zazueta | Founder
Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.