Aptera Insurance and Financing Info

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  • Aptera Insurance and Financing Info

    harry-parker updated 4 months, 3 weeks ago 47 Members · 54 Replies
  • tim-dean

    September 5, 2022 at 11:25 am

    Set up an interest bearing savings account and make payments into it. When the time comes use that account proceeds for your down payment. There are many online calculators to tell you how much to set aside. Done.

  • daniel-gleason

    December 6, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Since we have no way to start paying now, I’ve opened a new bank account which is going to be used for my payments lol. What about you guys?

  • Tom

    December 6, 2022 at 11:25 am

    I’m setting aside money each month to build up savings so that I can purchase my Aptera with cash when the time comes. So, yeah, I have car payments… I’m just paying myself until Aptera is ready to take my money.

  • Russell

    December 6, 2022 at 11:31 am

    I’ve been buying shares of Aptera so once they go IPO, Aptera can pay for my Aptera.

  • Shawgrin

    December 6, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    I set up a separate account just for me to get an Aptera Roadster.

  • steven-bryant

    December 6, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    I’ve been saving since my first investment in Aptera and I can now buy the 250 version and will keep saving till they give me a call. I may have enough saved by then to get the whole shebang ( 1000 miler)

  • Mangoat

    December 7, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    I’ll hopefully pay off my current car by the time Aptera is out, so I’ll just sell the car I have towards the Aptera, once I get mine. Should take off a nice chunk of the price.

  • Pragmatic_to_a_Fault

    December 8, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    When I placed my preorder I started putting all of my overtime money aside as a down payment with the hope that this grift will be over and we will all get a car for Christmas next year.

    I strongly suggest putting a minimum of $550 away each month until the car shows up. If you cannot afford it now. You won’t be able to then.

    Why $550 ?

    I went to auto loan calculator and put the total price of the aptera in the cost and left the 5000k down payment as it is. Included the taxes and fees and well. It’s $537 for 60 months.

    Maybe there are plenty of people who ordered the aptera that intend to use their stock options and infinite wealth to pay for the car. But for those who don’t the luxury of being independently wealthy, be realistic $550 a month isn’t peanuts for a lot of people.

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by  James Lee.
    • WhoNeedsWings

      December 25, 2022 at 9:20 am

      Great advice and attitude. I have a regular W-2 job, but in the evenings, after work, I do deliveries for Amazon on Amazon Flex. I also do Walmart Spark and Door Dash. There is also Uber and Lyft. You’ll be surprised how much money you can make in 4 hours a day 5 days a week especially on the Weekends. Believe me, if you keep on going, you’ll have a 20% down payment before you know it. Combine that with a low interest loan from any of the credit unions on my list (https://www.vwidtalk.com/threads/us-national-auto-interest-rates.8687/), you’ll be saving yourself more money in the long run than the average buyer who doesn’t take the time to do research and find ways to mitigate price increases.

  • WhoNeedsWings

    December 24, 2022 at 4:40 am

    I have a list of Credit Unions that have open membership with loan rates as low as 2.99% APR. I have no affiliation or get compensated by any of these institutions. Is just for informational purposes only. If you are interested, here is the link https://www.vwidtalk.com/threads/us-national-auto-interest-rates.8687/

  • craig-merrow

    December 25, 2022 at 10:02 am

    I have a money market account with my credit union to put payments into, plus I have a good relationship with them for loans. I figure that by summer 2024 I should be able to cover most of the purchase price. The only wildcard is insurance, but we’ll know more as Aptera gets closer to production.

  • Fran

    January 5, 2023 at 9:39 am

    Good news at the end.

    I have never seen a quote for insurance for an Aptera so I called my insurance carrier. They will not underwrite Aptera as a motorcycle because it has doors and no handle bars. They won’t underwrite Aptera as a car because it only has three wheels and probably because it doesn’t meet all the safety standards for a car (yet). So they passed me off to one of their partner underwriters who gave me a couple QUOTES. Now these quotes won’t be accurate for everybody but its a starting point.

    My situation is optimal because I’m 72 and live out in the country and have an excellent driving record. I’m surprised that the quote did not depend on the weight of the vehicle so I guess the rates will be similar for each battery size. I hope I don’t get your hopes up too much with these excellent prices, but here they are:

    Liability only (New York State 25,000/50,000/10,000): $162.30 for six month policy

    Full coverage (liability, collision, and comprehensive, $250 deductible): 366.80/ for six months for the base model (250 mile). I assume the more expensive models will have more expensive insurance premiums.

    Before I talked to the company I used their online quote system to get prices on a Polaris Slingshot: $127/yr for liability only, $1532/yr full coverage with $1000 deductible, and $2656 for full coverage with $50 deductible.

    My quotes were for an auto policy for an Aptera through GEICO but underwritten by one of their partners (they wouldn’t say who). They know its registered as a motorcycle.

    I would call this excellent news.

    • Greek

      January 5, 2023 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you for doing the legwork Francis Giroux. Very valuable and helpful. Now we also have a base to work off of. Wasn’t sure that insurance companies have already started quoting policies. Looks like at least from the beginning that rates are somewhat favorable. Not as cheap as motorcycle insurance, but somewhat less than a 4 wheeler.

  • rafael-mendez

    January 26, 2023 at 9:18 am

    My apologies if this was covered already. Will there be inhouse financing? Will banks/credot unions approve this vehicle for financing?

    • Greek

      January 26, 2023 at 12:02 pm

      Nothing that we know of as of yet for in-house financing.

      I can’t see why wouldn’t either institution offer financing.

      One of our posters also mentioned that at least one insurance company is starting to quote rates.

  • DesertSkies

    February 13, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    I am quite confident that Aptera will partner with a reputable financial institution to provide in-house financing. They would be foolish not to do so.

    I am not so optimistic about *affordable* insurance. I have no doubt that Aptera owners will be able to find an insurance underwriter, but at what cost? As someone (I believe it was the ever-sensible John-Malcolm) said some time ago, insurance underwriters need certain information (crash test results, accessibility to repair sites, etc) before they can provide a reliable premium quote, and that information is simply not available yet.

    Please allow me to share a personal experience:

    I bought the first Mazda RX-7 convertible sold in the state of Texas in 1988. State Farm did agree to insure the vehicle, but it did not have a rating category for the convertible version. So the agent classed the vehicle as a hardtop and wrote the policy anyway. Two months later, when the State Farm corporate offices discovered what the agent had done, they canceled the policy outright on the basis that it was improperly offered. They re-rated the car, and my rate literally tripled! State Farm wanted $2250 per year to insure the RX-7 convertible … in 1988 dollars! (They classed it as a high-performance sports car. And two-seaters are always classed as higher risk, which is why most car makers put at least a “pretend” back seat into their smaller vehicles.)

    I believe it is pointless to speculate about insurance until a rock-solid production date is announced and the insurance underwriters are able to assess the risk associated with the vehicle. And even then, I would anticipate a significant change in premiums once the vehicle develops some “history.”

    • Fran

      February 13, 2023 at 5:04 pm

      Hey Desertskies,

      Insurance quote from Geico: 366.80/ for full coverage for six months ($250 deductible) for the base model Aptera. If you want details look up at my post five posts before yours. PS. I don’t live in a high crime city.

  • The_Ladybug

    March 2, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    I’m not expecting delivery for good long while (# 61k+) but I asked my Credit Union (Navy Federal) how they would classify Autocycles if you were to take out a loan through them for one currently. It took a while for the hamster wheels to finish spinning for the non-standard question but currently it appears that it would fall under neither car, nor motorcycle loans, but as an “Other Collateral” loan. I was purposefully non-specific because autocycles currently run the gamut as more of a catch-all weirdo-mobile category than a codified class and a lot of financial entities will probably look at the Autocycle classification and stick it in a similar bucket as NFCU. Aptera is definitely delightfully weird, TBH.

    Has anyone else asked how their banks or credit unions classify autocycles/Aptera?

    • steven-g-bueche

      March 4, 2023 at 1:19 pm

      According to USAA it’s a motorcycle and can be financed accordingly. State Farm also says it will be insured as a motorcycle. This saves us money all around. You can also add additional considerations to the insurance as with all things. (custom wrap costs or add on features)

      • john-malcom

        March 4, 2023 at 6:51 pm

        Good to know about USAA for all of us on the forum who are current or past service members. Thanks!

  • Mike-Mars

    March 3, 2023 at 1:54 am

    Once it reaches production, the vehicle details will be exported into the insurance industry’s databases, and it’ll be much easier to talk to them about it. If all else fails, talk to a custom motorbike insurance specialist – they won’t cost any more than other insurance brokers, and the agent on the phone is much more likely to understand what they’re dealing with.

  • Gozer

    March 5, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    I own an Arcimoto FUV, insured by Progressive motorcycle insurance. Limited Liability for me was around $300 a year in CA. I just googled “progressive online motorcycle insurance quotes” at the time. It was pretty easy to dial in the coverage I wanted.

    I’m thinking I’ll want full coverage for an Aptera. Everyone will hate us.

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by  Glenn Langit.
  • romeo-salcedo

    May 4, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    can we lease an aptera?

    • harry-parker

      May 5, 2023 at 7:20 am

      Not until Apteras are in production and sold, of course. And not until all 42,000 existing pre-orders are satisfied. So not for at least 4 years by my estimation. Or perhaps some of those 42,000 will be offered up for rent or sale or lease.

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