Variable Rate Lease Purchase Explained
Car News 2 Feb 2016

Variable Rate Lease Purchase Explained

Also known as a Balanced Payment Plan, Variable Rate Lease Purchase offers the benefit of a set monthly payment, linked to a variable interest rate.

Unlike fixed rate products, Variable Rate Lease Purchase plans track the changes in the Finance House Base Rate or London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), depending on the agreement.

Following payment of an initial deposit, the balance is then payed in set monthly instalments, over an agreed term, usually between 1-5 years.

At the end of the agreement, any variation of interest is reconciled and will be settled as either a credit to you, or a charge.

Other options available with Variable Rate Lease Purchase include a deferred final payment, often referred to as a ‘balloon’. This final balloon is not an optional payment and is not a Guaranteed Future Value payment.

The benefits of Variable Rate Lease Purchase include:

  • Flexible deposit – allowing you to free up personal or business cash
  • Set Monthly Payments – perfect for budgeting
  • Tax Benefits – potential tax allowances for business users
  • Potential Savings – take advantage of current interest rates, with the potential to benefit should interest rates fall*
  • Flexibility – you have the option to exit the agreement mid term
  • Assets – you gain ownership of the car

*Not all agreements will benefit if rates fall

Before choosing Variable Rate Lease Purchase, you need to consider the following:

  • There is no option to return the vehicle to the lender
  • The rate may go up, resulting in you paying more interest
  • Balanced Payment Plans are not regulated by the Consumer Credit Act, however this gives you access to additional features of variable rate finance
  • You are bound to the terms of the finance agreement, so you should consider your ability to repay, even if your circumstances change. The lender may repossess the car without a court order if you fail to keep up repayments. This will impact your credit rating and may impact your ability to obtain credit in the future.

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