There are a number of advantages to considering equipment leasing over purchasing expensive items outright. You can improve your cash flow and keep important equipment up to date, signing a new lease and taking on the latest items once your lease expires.
There are also a choice of different options available, which is another important factor to take into consideration when looking at equipment leasing companies.
One of the big factors you will want to take note of is the size of the company providing you with the finance. Some of the larger companies are managed by financial institutions, while the smaller companies are independent. Ideally you want to go with a company that is of a decent size with extensive financial experience.
Remember you are choosing equipment leasing for your business, you don’t want to end up in a difficult situation should the company close and they arrive to collect the items, that you need in order to operate. Ensure any company you choose has the relevant experience and has a number of happy customers under their belt, ensuring you make the right decision for you and your business.
A large number of companies, varying in size, turn to equipment leasing companies on an annual basis. In fact over thirty percent of equipment deals are leased items rather than purchased items.
Ensure you speak directly with the equipment leasing company to determine their area of expertise. Some will focus on the types of leases while others only focus on specific industries, such as those that only cater to the construction industry, as an example. Depending on your business, you may want to choose a company that will be willing to help you secure the products you need in order to operate on a daily basis.
The best place to find the good equipment leasing companies is through word of mouth or online. If you know someone in your industry that has already taken advantage of this service, you can pick their brain to find out as much as possible, helping you decide if it’s the right choice for your business. In addition, if they have had a good service, they will be happy to refer you to the company, which can make the search much easier and save you a lot of time.
The other alternative is to search online. There are three important factors you are looking for when searching online. The companies you put on your shortlist should have an excellent reputation, they should offer a good performance and they should provide outstanding service.
Narrow down your list to three companies that you can call and discuss your requirements with. Ensure you ask them as many questions as you can think of about themselves. This can include the company size, their expertise in this area of financing, how many customers they deal with daily and how long do they take to approve the financing.
With the interviews concluded, you may have struck one or two of the companies from your list. Now is the time to have a look at the different leasing options available and determine which the best choice is for you. The company should provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. If they try and bully you into a decision, cross them off your shortlist and move onto the next company, they should have your best interests in mind.
Finally, take careful note of the options that are available to you once the lease expires. When the lease comes to an end, do you have the ability to purchase the equipment? Can you return it and get a later model? Can you renew your current lease?