For many years I was convinced that leasing a Tow Truck, Self Loader, or Flat Bed Carrier was an expensive financing endeavor for a Towing Business professional. Now, with all the creative Tow Truck Lease Packages available that are designed to fit the needs of towing professionals, there are many reasons that Leasing has become the preferred financing alternative for Tow Truck Companies. Leasing puts the latest in Tow Parts, Accessories, and Equipment in the hands of towing businesses and professionals. Before you purchase your next recovery vehicle, check out our line of New and Used Tow Trucks, as well as the latest in Tow Truck Technology.
Here are some great reasons why Leasing may be right for you:
Put More Profit on the Bottom Line If you simply compare a monthly lease payment to the sum of depreciation plus interest on a conventional loan, you will see that the lower overall monthly expenses will result in a higher profit.
Preserves Cash In business, cash is king, and protecting our available cash flow is very important. Leases eliminate the need for a common 20% down payment required on many conventional loans. Most leases only require a first and last month lease payment.
Better Balance Sheet Your business appears to have a higher net worth because an operating lease is a monthly expense. It does not show on the company's balance sheet as a long term debt.
Choice You have a a choice of what to do with the truck later on. At the end of most leases, you have a "residual". The residual is the amount for which you can buy the truck from the lease company. Residuals range from $1.00 to 50% of the original purchase. You are given the choice to either buy the truck or let the lease company dispose of it. Why is this option valuable? One reason is the California "Freeway Service Patrol" contracts. At the end of a 3 year lease, and where the towing company has just leased another 10 trucks for the renewed contract; the option to return the 3 year old trucks to the lease company instead of buying 10 used trucks (and then finding buyers for these 10 used trucks over the next several months) can be a huge relief on both cash flow and energy expended.
Footnote:FSP contracts call for trucks to be no more than 2 model years old, and no more than 50,000 miles. Therefore, trucks used on one 3 year contract will not qualify for subsequent contracts.
In summary, for all of the reasons above, I now highly recommend a lease package groomed to fit your specific needs.Gary Coe
P.S. At Chevron West we offer the newest and best Chevron Tow Trucks, Wreckers and Car Carriers for purchase or lease. Just give us a call and we will help you any way we can.