Crest Capital Review
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- Date Established
- Alpharetta, GA
- Good public reputation
- Transparent terms and fees
- Some additional fees
Crest Capital is a Georgia-based alternative funder. This company offers a variety of leasing options designed to facilitate ownership or temporary utilization of a wide variety of business-related equipment. Crest Capital has also branched out into working capital loans, but this review will focus on the company’s equipment financing products.
Though the layout of its site is a little confusing, Crest is much more forthcoming with information than most of its competitors, exhaustively detailing products and processes. Some aspects of the business are a little confusing — like the circumstances under which it offers “working capital” — but that’s more a function of complexity than intentional obfuscation.
Crest’s rates are good, but the company’s painless and forthright communication makes it stand out a bit from the crowd. If you can’t meet Crest’s high qualification standards, however, you may want to have some alternatives in mind.
Read on for more details.
Table of Contents
Crest Capital offers:
- Equipment financing
- Vehicle financing
- Software financing
- Working capital
Types of Equipment Covered
- Automotive diagnostic
- Vehicles (except passenger cars)
Here are the prerequisites for getting financing from Crest Capital:
|Time in business:||24 months|
Terms & Fees
Here are the terms and fees for Crest’s equipment financing:
|Amount:||$5,000 – $500,000|
|Term length:||24 – 74 months|
|Interest rate:||Starts at 5%|
|Down payment:||First month|
|Lease agreement:||$1 Buyout;|
10 percent purchase option;
Fair market value;
Guaranteed purchase agreement;
Equipment financing agreement (EFA);
|Additional costs:||Administrative fee of $275|
|Effective APR:||Learn more|
Crest’s equipment financing options are very comprehensive; agreements don’t involve any liens or collateral beyond the equipment being financed, but the company is discerning about who it works with. You’ll need to have been in business for two years and have a credit rating of 650 or higher.
If you’re looking at the box above, you might be overwhelmed by some unfamiliar terminology. Generally speaking, leases fall into two broad types: ones that are designed to facilitate ownership by the lessee (the person/business seeking the lease), and ones that treat the lessee as a temporary operator of the equipment.
If you’re pretty certain you want to the own the equipment long-term after your lease term ends, there are a number of options. An equipment financing agreement (EFA) is a loan that is structured a bit like a lease, except that liability for the equipment is transferred to you as though you were the owner. While you’re unlikely to notice a huge difference on your end, an EFA is technically a loan and is governed by state laws addressing interest rates and similar matters.
Moving along the continuum, you have the $1 buyout lease. Like an EFA, it’s meant to fully finance the cost of the equipment, but unlike an EFA, it’s still technically a lease. At the end of the term, you symbolically buy the equipment for $1.
Because these types of leases fully cover the cost of the equipment, expect higher monthly payments with EFAs and $1 buyouts.
If you want the option to return the equipment, however, you might be more interested in 10 percent option leases or fair market value leases. These leases feature smaller monthly payments. At the end of the term, you have the option to renew, buy, or return the equipment to the lessor (Crest Capital, in this case). If you choose to buy, you’ll pay a price determined by the type of lease, usually equal to a percentage of the equipment’s cost or its current fair market value.
Additional options include guaranteed purchase agreements which, in this case, offer an agreed-upon purchase price at the end of the term. First-amendment leases set one or more defined points during the term of the lease at which you choose to buy or continue the lease. Operating leases are short-term leases in which the title for the equipment remains with the lessor. Due to recent legal definition changes meant to address tax loopholes, there are strict guidelines regarding the types of agreements that can qualify as operating leases.
These leases can be combined with a number of repayment options and schemes detailed on the company’s FAQ.
You can fill out Crest’s application online or print and fax it if you prefer. In addition to some basic information about your business, you’ll need to provide a bank reference, information about the equipment you want financed, and the seller’s name and contact information. You will, of course, want to make additional information available regarding your revenue and provide proof that you are, in fact, the owner of your business, as well as how long you’ve been in business.
Sales & Advertising Transparency
Crest lays most of its cards on the table, but you might have to do some digging. The layout of its website isn’t the easiest to parse.
Customer Service & Technical Support
In my experience, customer support is friendly and easy to deal with, applying only a small amount of sales pressure. Customers seem to generally have had positive experiences with Crest’s staff. You can reach Crest by phone or social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube).
Negative Reviews & Complaints
Crest has an A+ rating with the BBB, no recent complaints, and only positive reviews—a rarity for a financial company. All in all, there are surprisingly few negative reviews for a company that’s been around as long as Crest has. Some possible issues you might encounter:
- Fees: While it’s not exactly a secret, at least one customer was caught off-guard by the $275 administrative fee.
- Documentation: Crest needs quite a bit of information from you, in most cases, to complete your application.
Positive Reviews & Testimonials
Crest has a page of client accolades for those interested, as well as the aforementioned positive reviews left on BBB. As is the case for many equipment funders, there aren’t a ton of independent user reviews floating around. Crest is well-regarded for its:
- Customer Service: Recent reviews on the BBB website remark on Crest’s professional and responsive staff.
- Options: Crest offers an exhaustive number of equipment financing options.
- Transparent: Crest takes pains to tell you what the company offers and how it goes about making decisions.
It’s always refreshing to come across an alternative funder with enough confidence in their service to openly provide customers with details. This transparency, combined with the versatility of the company’s product offerings and its willingness to accommodate a wide array of circumstances, makes Crest a solid way to finance equipment. Unfortunately, the credit and time-in-business requirements may make these services unavailable to some businesses.
As always, you’ll still want to scrutinize any offers you receive and, if possible, get offers from different funders before you commit to one. Our equipment financers guide is a good place to start.
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