This traditional form of finance (HP) offers the hirer the opportunity to own the vehicle outright at the end of the hire purchase agreement.
Normally a deposit is required as an advance payment; however in the case of commercial vehicles the VAT due is can be sufficient to cover this element.
Interest is payable on the outstanding balance and the period of the agreement.
In addition to these costs a document and option to purchase fee may also be required.
If you wish to reduce the monthly payments you could consider a balloon final payment. This is where a percentage of the cost is deferred until the end of the contract. However, the balloon is due to be paid on the last day of the agreement, (secondary finance may be possible on the balloon)
Contract hire is an ideal product for companies who don’t want the financial risk associated with running their own cars and vans and who are looking to reduce the administration burden of buying, servicing and disposing of their vehicles.
Your company simply hires the vehicles from Westwood Motor Group for a pre-determined period at a fixed monthly rate. The hire company retains ownership of the vehicles – and the risk associated with them – and at the end of the contract they are returned to the hire company.
The key benefits of contract hire to the business user are:
Off Balance Sheet Funding
Under contract hire your vehicles do not appear on your company’s balance sheet as they are owned by the hire company. The removal of capital assets from your balance sheet can enhance a company’s gearing (borrowing) ratio.
Fixed Monthly Cost
A fixed monthly payment is charged over the life of the contract and the initial up front payment is normally just three months rental. Fixed monthly cost makes budgeting more accurate and improves your company’s cash flow.
Contract hire has many VAT benefits, you can claim back 100% on the service element and 50% of the financial element of the rental cost. For commercial vehicles you can reclaim 100% of all parts of the rental.
Reducing your financial risks
Managing the risks involved in running a vehicle fleet is all important and that’s exactly what you can do when opting for contract hire. The hire company takes all the risks involved in everything from residual values and maintenance to interest rates. That leaves you to simply pay the monthly contract hire cost, insure and fuel the vehicle.
Reducing Administrative Hassle.
As Westwood Motor Group are supplying the vehicle, servicing and disposing of your vehicles, administration for the fleet operator is kept to the bare minimum.
Used Van leasing is a simple finance purchase package designed to be of benefit to the business user. In the eyes of the Revenue it is a hire agreement but these days the terms of the lease and the guarantee to return the customer either 100% or 95% of the vehicle’s value following its sale make it an ownership plan in all but name. Given that there are advantageous tax rules relating to leasing and that the customer has the control and benefits of the vehicle’s value at the end of the lease it is not surprising that commercial vehicle dealers find it the most popular form of business finance.
Cash Flow and VAT benefits
Firstly, for all customers, whether or not they are VAT registered, there is a substantial cash flow advantage straight away. When paying cash, or on Hire Purchase, the Vat on the vehicle is due immediately. Obviously, the more expensive the van the bigger the burden – £1500 on a £10,000 van.
When a van is leased the VAT is due only on the deposit. Since the deposit can be as little as 10% of the vehicle value this initial VAT burden on a £10,000 van can be as low as just £175 – a cash flow advantage of £1575. Of course, VAT still has to be paid and is then levied on the monthly payments, spreading the burden over the length of the agreement. Also, should you subsequently register for VAT then this is fully reclaimable in the normal manner.
For the customer who is VAT registered this cash flow advantage lasts as long as it takes to complete the next VAT return, i.e., up to a maximum of 4 months.
Secondly, normal lease payments are tax deductible in full in the tax year in which they are made. This means a 40% taxpaying sole-trader will be able to claim 40% of this payment back against his tax bill. It is a fact that leasing is the fastest way of getting complete tax relief on a business vehicle. For this reason many accountants will advise their clients to lease wherever possible.
A fantastic company….from the initial enquiry right through to dropping the van back off.
The price was very reasonable, vehicle was fab and perfect for what I needed…(I hated taking it back…😬🙂) and the staff were all extremely helpful and polite….especially Emma, the rental manager.
A massive thanks to Emma, for all your help…from start to finish…it was very much appreciated. 5*
Excellent service and price. Great customer relations from Bethan on front of desk. Would highly recommend. Many thanks.
brilliant service and I highly recommend this company…bought my new van with no fuss or stress at all… got a great deal and my van runs superb. thanks Steve !
Great company full of great people – would recommend to anyone and have done, many many times. Excellent, personal service from people that care about what they do and have a real passion for their business – you won’t go wrong here! I have known this company, the owner, and many of those who work there for 10 years and they are very very good at what they do.
today i picked up my new van… absolutely top quality top of the range van. brilliant customer service by Emma who went above and beyond to meet my very specific requirements. 10/10
Hired a few vans from Westwood, I always get a spot on service, the vans are always perfectly clean. The people are friendly and professional, there are no scare tactics to upsell like other rental companies. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them!
Couldn’t ask for better service from the moment I entered Reception to returning the van.
Stephanie was excellent in her customer relations.
I can highly recommend Westwood Motor Group to anyone looking for a used van. as we were recommended
Chris Green is more than helpful and made sure everything was 100% perfect with the purchase Of 2 ford vans Connect and Custom
we will definitely be returning here for our next van.
many thanks to the staff at westwood, specially Steph. service was excellent, would highly recommend this company.
very good staff great and the vans are great too
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