Higher value initial outflow of funds to accelerate repayments, making the overall costs cheaper over the full term. Ideal for companies with internal funds available.
Cost Of Finance
Improved as you are financing a lower value through external funders.
Monthly rentals can be typically fixed for the duration of the contract, however this product allows a larger initial payment. A balancing charge or credit is made at the end of the lease when the actual sale of the vehicle has taken place. This end of lease adjustment will mean that budgeting is less predictable than contract hire.
This product would give you greater flexibility re period of ownership - no contractual restrictions re period of time / mileage for which the vehicle can be used.
VAT Recovery - Up to 50% of the input VAT on the finance charge and 100% of the input VAT on any associated services or maintenance costs can be recovered. For vehicles that are used solely for business purposes with no private use whatsoever then up to 100% of the input VAT on the finance charge is recoverable. For vans 100% of the input VAT can be recovered on both the finance charge and services / maintenance charges and this will not vary by financing method. The actual VAT recovery position will also be dependant on the VAT status of your organisation.
Leasing cars can offer a method of car provision that is more cost effective than direct purchase arranements. No input VAT is recoverable on cars purchased outright or via a form of purchase lease/ hire arrangement where the organisation takes ownership or has an option to take ownership of the car.
Residual Value Risk
Risk and reward associated with the value of the vehicle at the end of the contract is retained by you, as a result you are not protected from any adverse movements in the used vehicle market.
Tax Deductible Expense
If your organisation is in a tax paying position are allowed to deduct finance rentals against profits in order to gain corporation tax relief.Under the corporation tax rules introduced in April 2013, you can deduct the full cost of finance rentals from taxable profits if the car emits 130g/km of CO2 or less; or 85% of the finance rental on vehicles with higher CO2 emissions. For all vehicle acquisition methods vehicle ancillary services and maintenance expenditures are fully allowable for corporation tax relief.
Vehicle Management and Administration
These are not typically included in the finance lease rental but can be added as additional services to give you the peace of mind that all services are covered.
Early Termination Costs
Not applicable with Structured Finance Lease agreements, however as under these contracts the risk and reward is retained by the lessee, any changes to the original forecast contract duration will be reflected in the balancing rental charge between the written down value of the vehicle and the sale proceeds
Excess Mileage and Damage Charges
Not applicable with finance lease agreements, however as under these contracts the risk and reward is retained by the lessee, the actual sale proceeds will reflect changes to the original budgeted mileage and if the actual condition of the vehicle is below market standard. Therefore the balancing rental charge between the written down value of the vehicle and the sale proceeds will be impacted.
Option To Own The Vehicle
No option to take ownership, however the lease can be extended indefinitely, which dependent on whether you have a balloon at the end of the lease or not will affect the payments you will need to make. Extending the lease could give rise to a continuation of the same rental or a lower secondary rental.