LEASING VS BUYING
Your monthly cash flow: Leasing a car often has a lower monthly payment compared to financing a car with the same loan terms, since with a lease you're paying for the depreciation of the car during those years rather than the whole vehicle cost. If you need access to more cash every month, leasing may be more favorable.
If you drive the car for business: When you lease, a portion of the car's depreciation and financing costs can be deducted on your taxes. Interest on loans to buy a car, however, aren't deductible.
Capital Preservation Leasing lets a company conserve its working capital, allowing it to allocate cash funds for other purposes. Cash tied up in fixed assets is no longer available to finance important profit generating areas such as inventory, production, marketing, research and development, etc. In addition, with a lease, Sales Tax and other Taxes are not paid up front at the time the asset is acquired; but rather are remitted with the monthly payments over the life of the lease.
Credit Preservation All businesses have access to limited credit lines at their bank. Operating Lines, Demand Loans, Mortgages and other term facilities must be kept within the bank’s total exposure limit for that business. By using a third party leasing company to finance equipment and machinery acquisitions, you are effectively opening new credit lines – credit lines which normally require no down payments, and no outside collateral – while preserving your existing (and future) bank borrowing ability.
Easier Budgeting Lease terms, payment streams and purchase options can be tailored to meet most budgets. Skip leases, Step-Up or Step-Down payment leases are also available to match a business’ seasonal or anticipated cash flows. In addition, because most leases are based on fixed rates the customer is not at risk due to interest rate fluctuations.
Financial Efficiency The revenues (or cost savings) generated by the use of new equipment and machinery can be used to pay the lease payments. Expenses are matched to the generated revenues – a sound business management principle.
Flexibility In addition to tailored payment streams, leases can be designed with different types of purchase options. Moreover, leasing your business assets often facilitates easier upgrades, add-ons and trade-ups.
More Purchasing Power Leasing can actually give a company more purchasing power than when using either cash or bank loans. Here’s how: by purchasing equipment with cash or borrowed funds, sales and other taxes are generally paid up front. Thus, if a company had $100,000 available cash or bank loan, they could only purchase approximately $88,496 worth of equipment, as the other $11,504 would go towards payment of taxes (assuming a sales tax rate of approximately 13%). Further, in the case of bank loans, generally the bank will only finance a fixed percentage of the total cost of the equipment; requiring that the business provides equity into the transaction, in the form of a cash down payment towards the difference.