Leasing a Car for Business

Leasing a car for your business is a sensible decision. If yours is a small business or a start-up, leasing a car would prove handy because of lower cost, easy availability and other benefits. This article discusses briefly the benefits of leasing a car for your business.

Monthly payments

In case you purchase a car – new or used, you need to pay cash upfront in full or part. On the other hand, in leasing you need to pay only for part of the residual value. This leads to lower monthly payment.

Further, the overall cost of leasing a car is lower than when it is purchased because the lease period is a short one (generally three years). The lease cost is the present value of the car minus its value when you return it. You need to pay the interest charged and charges for the services. If the value of the car when you return is more than expected, you need to pay less.

It is a better value for your money as you can afford the car at a lower price under a flexible payment plan.

Tax deduction

Taxes to be paid come down because you need to pay only for the value of the car that you use. Further, the amount of interest is spread into multiple months, which results in a lower monthly amount payable.

In addition, as you will have the benefit of a tax deduction for leasing a car, it helps in saving a few hundred dollars.

Less maintenance

You get the leased car with full warranty from the manufacturer. This ensures effective remedial maintenance when needed. In addition, as you lease the car for a short period, you are likely to have fewer maintenance inconveniences.

Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) insurance

When leasing a car, you get the benefit of GAP insurance. GAP insurance is part of the lease deal. GAP insurance covers the remaining part of the value of the car to be paid by you in the event it is stolen or damaged completely in a vehicle collision. This value is far smaller than that of new/used vehicles purchased. For a small business like yours, it is important to take note of this.

Purchase option

You lease the car for your business, and use it as long as you would like. At the close of the lease period, you need to hand over the car to the dealer. Now you have the option to buy the car – a new one, or take another one on lease. You need not worry about the resale of the car.

As the owner of a small business, your business is prone to confront fluctuations in business for diverse reasons. Under the circumstances, each dollar you expend is significant. Therefore, when it comes to operating a car for your business, leasing can be an optimal option.

Car Leasing Guide

Without having a huge amount of cash lying around waiting to be spent on a car, it would be easy to think that there is no way for you to drive the latest cars around, and be stuck driving older models. Typically if you want a car, you buy it, then after 5 years you want a newer model car, but you’re stuck with a car you may struggle to sell for anywhere close to what you paid. This is without considering the amount you’ve spent on repairs & maintenance of the car.

Many people dismiss leasing a car as something best used for short term purposes, as a way to show off your car without spending thousands on a regular basis. Maybe once this was true, but over the last few years leasing a car on a long term basis has become more viable an option than ever before.

Rather than buying a car and then selling it 2-3 years later with a loss in value, known as the depreciation, car leasing is based on the principle that you rent the car from the lease operator and your payments cover the loss in value between leasing the car and returning the car, plus a small amount of profit to the car leasing

Based on this, ordinarily you might pay $20000 and sell the car for $14000 3 years later, with a loss of $7500 plus maintenance & repair costs. Leasing a car means you would be paying the $8750 over 3 years, or $2916 a year spread out in monthly installments of less than $250.

The loss in value of a car over a period of time is much more important when looking at a 2-3 year time period, typically this value is worked out as; roughly 25% of the cars value is lost in the first year, 13% for the second, 7% in the third, it follows this pattern of half the previous years depreciation. So while over a longer period of time leasing a car may not work out to be cheaper due to the much lower depreciation, leasing a car is usually done over a 2-3 year period. Selling a new car this regularly would lead to huge amounts of money being lost with the higher depreciation, but with leasing a car the depreciation is what you pay for, rather than the cost of the car.

It is in the best interest of the car leasing operator to keep the value of the car as high as possible for the duration of the lease. This is because at the end of the leasing period the car is returned to them, after all it is still their property. Because of this most car leasing operators will offer free maintenance for the car, plus the new car warranty that will likely cover the new car you are leasing. This can potentially save a large amount of money compared to buying a car outright and being responsible for its maintenance, or possibly not being covered by a new car warranty.

In a lot of cases it is true that buying the car outright, over a longer period of time, would have cost the same amount or less than leasing. However this means that to buy the car you need to be able to either have a pile of cash sitting around waiting to be spent, or be willing to stay with the same model car for a much longer period of time than if you were leasing. If you wanted to replace your car every 2-3 years with a new model, leasing a car is undoubtedly a cheaper option.

Leasing a car is not a simple case of paying a fee and doing as you please while the leasing operator foots the bill. Generally there are usually stipulations in the contract that going over an agreed mileage will lead to additional costs, or that maintenance costs beyond the general wear and tear of a car will not be paid for by the car leasing operator. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, details like that are agreed upon before starting the contract. If you were to buy the car up front, you would have a harder time selling a car that has a huge mileage on the clock for as much as without. The same goes for paying repair costs that are down to carelessness. Leasing is no different in this respect, – taking care of the car you are leasing means it will cost you less money overall.