- Want the flexibility of multiple options at the end of the contract.
- Want to build up equity over the contract without taking ownership.
- Do not want to be tied to a contract which penalises them for vehicle damage or excess mileage.
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Van Leasing - Finance Lease FAQs
Finance Lease is a popular van leasing product for many of our customers. Unlike a contract purchase agreement, VAT is charged on the rentals only, not on the initial cost of the vehicle.
The vehicle is leased for a fixed monthly rental with a final rental (balloon) covering the estimated residual value of the vehicle at the end of the contract. You are responsible for disposing of the vehicle at the end of the contract. If the sale price is above the predetermined final rental (balloon) you will retain the equity, less a small charge from the leasing company. If the sale price is less than the final rental (balloon) then you will be liable to cover the shortfall. The final rental is calculated using the expected mileage in the vehicle over the contract.
Van Leasing provides you with options at the end of the term that you don't get with other leasing products. It is particularly useful if, for instance, you cannot accurately predict the mileage you're likely to be doing in your new van. It's also a very good option if you are planning on using the van for work that could have a detrimental impact on its condition at the end of the contract. So if you're a builder, or in a related trade, using your van to pick up materials and go on-site all day, then this may be the best way to get your new van. Contract Hire is a bit more restrictive. For example, in most cases you only have one option at the end of the contract, which is to hand it back. In this case, you would then face an excess mileage charge and potentially a costly repair bill. So Finance Lease gives you more control.
It also means that you have more options at the end of the agreement: Refinance the initial payment at the end of the term, over a further period (depending on the length of the original contract). Sell the vehicle privately, retaining the equity made after clearing the balloon payment. Part exchange your vehicle at any time during the lease, looking to clear the balloon payment and retaining any equity that is left afterwards Van Leasing provides a more flexible lease, enabling you to request an early settlement at any point during the contract. However, we recommend not settling too early, as the depreciation curve is always steeper in the first half of the agreement than in the second.
Depending on the size of the initial deposit, if you settle too early, the amount required may be more than the vehicle is worth, which could result in negative equity. The size of the discounts you enjoy when buying from us will mitigate some of this, but it still needs to be considered. This differs from Contract Hire, which can penalise you for an early termination with finance companies charging you up to 50% of outstanding monthly rentals. It provides you with all the Tax and VAT benefits that leasing provides and the VAT is spread across the contract rather than needing to pay the VAT all up front like a Contract Purchase. Overall, Van Leasing puts you in control throughout the contract giving you ownership of the equity built up in the lease and the flexibility and peace of mind at the end of the term.
Your Van Lease, when taken through us, enables you to benefit from both dealer discount and the substantial manufacturer support we negotiate directly with the manufacturers on your behalf. With this combined support, the total repayments will be significantly more competitive than purchasing outright where you are more than likely receiving the dealer discount alone.
You have a few options at the end of your Van Lease agreement. These are to refinance the final rental, sell the van privately and retain any equity made after clearing the final rental, or pay the final rental and enter a secondary period with a one-off yearly payment. This 'secondary rental' would be applicable if none of the options above are taken, as the vehicle remains registered to the finance company until the vehicle is sold or re-financed.
No, Van Leasing is available to you whether you are VAT registered or not. In fact, if you aren't VAT registered Van Leasing may be more beneficial than purchasing, due to the VAT being spread across the monthly rentals rather than being required up front. This keeps the initial deposit to a minimum and enables you to utilise your capital more effectively within the business.
If you are VAT registered, you have the ability to reclaim up to 100% of the VAT back. VAT is paid monthly and reclaimed in your VAT return. Should you become VAT registered during the contract you can begin to claim the VAT back from that date onwards.
The balloon payment at the end of the Van Lease is based on a residual value of the vehicle determined by the finance company. The residual value is calculated based on the term and approximate mileage, which you provide to us. However, there are no restrictions on mileage with Van Leasing although should you do significantly higher mileage than you predict, this can result in the possibility of negative equity at the end of the term. Therefore, we encourage you to base the quote as close to your current mileage as you can to prevent the negative equity from occurring.
No. It is important to run the quote based on your current approximate mileage in order to have a realistic balloon payment at the end of the term, as this is based on a Residual Value of the vehicle. However, there is no excess mileage applicable on a Van Lease.
In most cases yes. We will get in touch with you before the end of your Van Lease to go through the options with you. One of these options is to refinance the final rental payment over a further period (depending on the original length of the contract), however, not all finance companies offer this.
The minimum age to lease a new vehicle is 18 years old. All finance companies will also require a copy of your driving license.
Yes, you have the ability to either sell the van privately and let us help you find your next vehicle.
You cannot keep the vehicle at the end of the Finance Lease agreement. If there is a final rental that needs to be paid, you either repay that in one lump sum or, in most cases, the finance company will allow you to refinance it. If you still want to keep the van once any final rental payment is made then, as all of the Capital has been repaid, you would then enter into what is called a 'secondary rental period', i.e. a peppercorn rental. This is usually a yearly payment, however, not all finance companies offer this service. The vehicle remains registered to the finance company until the vehicle is sold or re-financed.
When you lease a van using Finance Lease, you have the right to the majority of the equity when the vehicle is disposed of. Because it is a lease agreement, you also have the benefit of being able to offset up to 100% of your monthly rentals against your taxable profits. However, if you want to carry on using the van after all of the payments have been made then you would pay the leasing company a nominal consideration of the equivalent of one monthly rental, or thereabouts, for each subsequent year you keep the vehicle or part thereof. This keeps it off your balance sheet and allows you full use of the vehicle, without putting at risk your ability to carry on offsetting your rentals against taxable profits.
Yes, you are liable for all parking tickets and fines for the vehicle. All parking tickets are issued to you directly at the time rather than going through to the Funder, so it is best to deal with these as soon as you can to prevent additional charges. But all speeding fines are sent to the finance company, in the first instance, and they will pay the fine and forward the details onto you. Please be aware the finance company will charge an administration fee for dealing with speeding fines.
You are solely responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the vehicle according to the manufacturer's guidelines whilst the vehicle is in your possession. However, please remember that for peace of mind, the majority of manufacturers now offer a standard 3 years warranty to cover all malfunctions on manufacturer's components.
You will need to call your insurance company in the first instance, as they will require details of the accident. We can of course provide any help in communicating this to the finance company on your behalf and are happy to help wherever possible.
You are responsible for the vehicle on the Van Lease, so any dents or scratches can have a negative effect on the value of the van when either selling on or part exchanging at the end of the term. There are however no penalties issued by the finance company as you are in control at the end.
Yes, although we would recommend contacting us in the first instance so we can confirm this with the finance company. However, we would strongly recommend not pursuing anything that might have a negative effect on the value of the van at the end of the term.
Absolutely, a simple call to the finance company will enable you to get a copy of the registration document to prevent any issues when travelling abroad.
No, the finance company will not allow the vehicles under any circumstances to be involved in racing.
We do not charge any administration fees unlike many of our competitors. However, some finance companies will require a minimal administration fee to set the contract up. This isn't unusual and is normally taken at the start of the contract along with the first rental.
Your new van will be supplied by one of our dealerships who we have strong long-term relationships with, and are confident with their levels of service as these reflect us and who we are as a company, so we ensure their service levels are the highest.
We can source stock/batch vehicles within approximately 2-3 weeks. However, to deliver within this period we require your full cooperation with sending us driving licences, paperwork and finance documentation as quickly as possible.
One of the many benefits of Van Leasing is the low deposit. We can offer a full range of deposits for your Van Lease to suit your requirements. For example, we can offer 1, 3, 6, 9 or 12 months in advance, or an enhanced deposit to work around you. The higher the deposit, the lower the monthly rentals become.
Yes, we will require very simple information to go through the credit check in order to secure your new van.
We use a number of different finance companies with different underwriting criteria. We can receive the result of your credit check anywhere from under an hour or up to 24 hours after proposing.
Each credit check will leave a small 'footprint' on your credit profile, but this will not have a significant effect on your credit rating.
It really depends on how bad your credit history is. However, we use a number of different finance companies (Funders) and we will do everything we can in order to secure a new vehicle for you. Some of our Funders are more pragmatic with their approach to underwriting and are more understanding with certain credit history situations.
We use a wide range of finance companies, which enable us to offer you the most competitive prices in the UK, coupled with our discounts and support. The range of finance companies we use also offers us a full range of solutions and terms to meet your requirements.
We require very simple information based on your company status. These are: Name
No, when buying a van using Finance Lease you do not own it. However, whatever equity is in the vehicle at the end of the contract is yours. Let's say, for instance, you have a balloon payment of £2500 at the end of the agreement and your van is worth £3500. The £1000 is yours less 2% of the sales proceeds, so in this case £70. During the period of the agreement, the vehicle is on the finance company's books as an asset and leased to you. The 2% (or £20 for every £1k) charge is made by way of an administration fee. Although you could physically sell the vehicle, they would do the invoice and paperwork. This way you get all the benefits of leasing, ie, a low deposit and low monthly rentals, which are all up to 100% tax allowable, as well as the ability to claim up to 100% of the VAT back. So bearing in mind that a van is a tool that allows you to operate your business, then this is probably the most important thing.
There is no reason why your insurance will increase. Van Leasing is becoming more popular; therefore, the majority of insurance companies can provide very competitive quotes to insure your new van. We can provide insurance in-house, just ask your account manager for a quote and they’ll be happy to send one over.
No, you are responsible for insuring the vehicle on a Fully Comprehensive policy for the duration of the contract.
Yes, absolutely. The insurance must be in the name of the applicant though, whether this is your name, trading name or your Limited company.
Yes, your van must have Fully Comprehensive Insurance for the full duration of the contract.
Yes, if your policy allows it, then there is no reason why you are not able to add additional drivers to your insurance.
Yes, we can provide insurance in-house. If you are in a crash or have an accident this is normally something covered by your insurance company.
No, we offer delivery anywhere in mainland UK at no cost to our customers. Please note that fully qualified delivery drivers drive the vehicles.
You receive your first 12 months Road Tax with your new van. On a Van Finance Lease, the finance company taxes the vehicle every year thereafter for you and recharge the cost of the road fund licence back to you. Please note that some finance companies will charge an admin fee for this service.