Knowledge Base

Have questions on what to do after a credit application has been submitted? Wondering how long it will take to receive your equipment after you have sent your completed and signed documents back to our funding team? Looking for general tips on how to keep your credit clean?

Over the years, we have helped thousands of business owners with questions just like this and many more. We have gathered some of the most commonly asked questions. Click on the tabs below to find out more!

When does the lease start?

When the equipment has been delivered and is operational. We will conduct a “verbal authorization” where you will instruct us to pay the vendor and commence the lease.

Do you finance all types of equipment in every state?

We are able to offer equipment financing in all 50 states for nearly any type of equipment. Although we do have several industry specific focuses we can also act as a general equipment finance company.

How will leasing equipment benefit my company?

Partnering with us will help build and maintain your business credit. All reporting is done your business’s credit, saving your personal lines of credit for your personal use. Additionally, financing conserves your cash and credit lines in case of an emergency or when your business really needs it.

What are the tax advantages of leasing?

In some instances the monthly lease payment is treated as an operating expense and creates a “line item deduction” against revenue. In other instances the equipment is depreciated and written off over the useful life of the asset. Because every business is unique, we encourage you to seek out a qualified accountant to assist with the specific situation regarding your business or organization.

Are there any down payments required at the beginning of a lease?

The first and last payment is usually required, plus any documentation fees.

Who owns the leased equipment?

The lessor is the owner of leased equipment until you choose to purchase the equipment at the end of lease term. In the case of an EFA, the borrower automatically becomes the owner at the end of term.

How is a lease structured?

A lease is flexible and can be tailored to your business needs. 95% of our customers opt for an Equipment Finance Agreement or EFA which results in the borrower owning the equipment at the end of the term. Terms typically range from three to seven years. The payment schedule can be fixed or timed to fit your needs. The most common is equal monthly payments.

What factors are used to determine credit worthiness of the business?

The length of time in business, references from bank and trades, Dunn & Bradstreet and credit bureau ratings.

How long does the process take?

With most transactions that are under $100,000 the pre-qualification process is completed within 1 – 2 business days. We will then issue the final documentation and when the equipment is delivered we are ready to pay the supplier. In most cases the funding only takes a few days. The longest lead time is typically associated with the equipment availability.

What do I need to get started on an equipment purchase?

A signed and completed one page credit application. We can typically issue approvals from $10,000 up to $100,000 based upon the application alone. Certain programs can qualify for up to $250,000 on an “application only” basis.

Are there any fees or charges that I should know about before signing?

We believe in doing business in a forthcoming manner with no surprises. All fees and charges (usually only a small administrative / documentation fee) are disclosed in an easy to read invoice included in your document package.

How do your rates compare to your competitors?

Although we would love to have the lowest prices in every instance, we know it is impossible to achieve. We carefully set our lease rates at a competitive range depending on the size of the transaction, equipment type, credit quality and other factors. Our lease rates are often on the lower end of the spectrum due to the outstanding performance of our portfolio (minimum losses).



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