How does a Car Lease work?

What is a car lease?

Otherwise known as a finance lease, if you’re using your vehicle mainly for business purposes, a car lease effectively works like a long-term rental without having to own the vehicle outright.

Rather than borrowing money to purchase a car, the financier purchases the car on your behalf and you then lease it back from them for an agreed monthly payment.

At Stratton, we can help you find and secure the right car leasing solution based on your specific business needs. We’ll evaluate your current situation and compare products from a broad range of lenders to identify the best deal for you.

How does a Car Lease work?

The lender purchases the vehicle on your behalf, and then leases it back to you. You’ll pay a fixed monthly lease rental for the term of the lease.

When the lease comes to an end, you’ll be given the option to purchase the vehicle by paying a final lump sum (the residual value) directly to the finance company, restart another lease to pay off the remaining balance on the vehicle, or trade the vehicle in.

What are the advantages of a car lease?

  • Flexible contract terms ranging from 1 to 5 years.
  • A residual can be applied to a lease, lowering monthly payments
  • Fixed interest rate and monthly lease rentals
  • As the GST contained in the car's purchase price may be claimed back by the lender, only the vehicle's price exclusive of GST is financed, lowering monthly payments*

* Please refer to your accountant for eligibility.

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Why choose a Car Lease with Stratton Finance?

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Our easy online process means you don’t have to leave the couch. Get an online quote, electronically sign documents, and receive/send funds completely online!

Versatile Solutions

Our unmatched partner network have a wide range of options available to provide you with the flexibility you need.

24/7 Support

We offer support whenever you need over the course of your loan. Whether it's assistance with figuring out how much you owe or assessing your changeover options, we're here to help every step of the way.

Common questions about Car Leasing

If you’re using a vehicle for business purposes more than 50% of the time but you’re unable or don’t want a chattel mortgage or commercial hire purchase, a car lease may be right for you.

A car lease may also be a good option for employees who are able to include their vehicle as part of a salary sacrifice scheme via a novated lease.

Other options to consider if you’re looking to finance your vehicle include a chattel mortgage and a commercial hire purchase.

To discuss your individual needs in detail and secure a finance option that's right for you, speak to one of the Stratton Finance team on 1300 787 288.

If you decide you want to buy your vehicle at the end of the car lease, this is technically treated as the finance company selling the vehicle to you. You’ll pay an amount equal to the remaining balance on the car – the Residual Value – plus GST.

Businesses registered for GST will be able to claim an Input Tax Credit for any GST paid as part of the purchase.

There is potential to claim tax deductions on your car lease depending on the depreciation limit set, speak to your accountant for more information.

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