What is a chattel mortgage?
A Chattel Mortgage is a commercial finance product where the customer takes ownership of the vehicle (chattel) at the time of purchase.
How does a Chattel Mortgage work?
Under a Chattel Mortgage the financier advances funds to the customer to purchase a vehicle, and the customer takes ownership of the vehicle (chattel) at the time of purchase. The financier then takes a "mortgage" over the vehicle as security for the loan, by registering their interest over it with the PPSR. Once the contract is completed, the security interest is removed giving the customer clear title to the vehicle.
- A tax deduction may be available when the vehicle is used for business purposes*
- A customer who is registered for GST may claim the GST contained in the vehicle price as an input credit on their next Business Activity Statement (BAS)*
- No GST may be charged on the monthly repayment or the contract balloon amount*
* Please refer to your accountant for eligibility.
Common questions about chattel mortgages
What are the benefits?
- Flexible loan repayment periods, ranging from two to seven years
- You may have the option to reduce your monthly repayments by setting a final balance (residual value or balloon) payment of up to 50%. This may depend on the type and age of the vehicle.
- Increase your cash flow
- The potential to claim tax deductions if the car is being used for business purposes
- The potential to claim Input Tax Credits if you are registered for GST
A chattel mortgage taken out with Stratton Finance also has these additional benefits (subject to lender selection):
- Fixed interest rate and monthly repayments for the duration of the loan
- Repayments can be aligned with your or your business' cash flow
Who would it suit?
Both businesses and individuals are eligible for a chattel mortgage, as long as the car is being used predominantly for business purposes.
A chattel mortgage is a good choice for those who are registered for GST on a cash accounting basis, as you should be able to claim the GST from the vehicle’s purchase price as an Input Tax Credit on your next Business Activity Statement.
Are there alternatives?
It could also be worth considering a car lease and a commercial hire purchase if you’re a business owner looking to finance a vehicle. Alternatively, if you’re an employee looking to finance a vehicle under a car allowance, you may also want to think about a Non-Maintained Novated Lease or a Fully Maintained Novated Lease, both of which come with significant tax benefits.
To discuss your individual needs in detail and secure the right finance option for you, speak to one of the Stratton Finance team on 1300 787 288.
What tax and GST can I expect to pay?
If the car is being used for business purposes, you may be able to claim a tax deduction on the loan interest charges, as well as on the depreciation value of the vehicle, up to the Depreciation Limit set by the Australian Tax Office.
Tax benefits are available on this type of loan, speak to your accountant to find out more.
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