Deciding to Own or Lease a Business Vehicle – Foster Financial

April 26, 2019
Deciding to Own or Lease a Business Vehicle – Foster Financial
Driving a business vehicle that you lease with GPS

There’s a lot to consider when deciding on buying or leasing a vehicle for your small business. Depending on your situation, you may require the freedom of purchasing for your business or settle on leasing the vehicle until the end of the term. If you have a business to run, then you’re probably looking for the best tax strategies to start seeing real results. The decision to buy or lease vehicles for your business is a great opportunity to make those results happen. Here are a few details to consider when making that choice:

Initial Costs and Repairs

Do you have the cash for a down deposit? Can you see yourself paying the deposits on your business vehicle? The costs will differ when buying and leasing, so make sure to go with the method best fit for your company. Additionally, the mileage and damage on the vehicle will influence how much you pay. If it has seen a lifetime of wear and tear, you will likely pay more in repair costs later on.

Essentially, understand the facts attached to the vehicle you are interested in, and the method of payment that would be the best fit for your business.

Using a Business Vehicle

The question of buying and leasing is also a question of who is using the vehicle. Essential questions to ask are:

∙ Who will be driving the vehicle?

∙ How many miles can you expect the vehicle to gain?

∙ How will you keep track of the vehicle?

As the owner of the vehicle, you have more influence on how many miles the vehicle will gain driving for your business. If an employee will be driving the vehicle most often, then it may be wise to purchase rather than lease. In turn, this will tie into the repair costs and wear and tear on the vehicle. Once you reach the end of the term, you may choose to purchase a leased vehicle, trade the vehicle in, or lease again.


In conclusion, buying versus leasing comes down to the details of the business. For more information and professional advice for your business, contact us today or visit our blog for more expertise.