Older equipment is a great solution for many business owners.
With imports impacted by slowdowns and dock issues, there’s a real shortage of vehicles and some equipment. This has put upward pressure on the value of assets and as a consequence, we’re seeing a number of business owners turn to the second-hand market and rolling over their existing equipment and machinery rather than buy new.
But if you’ve ever looked to older assets and vehicles to keep your business operating you know that major banks have a preference for financing new stock.
So what to do?
How to get equipment finance on older equipment and machinery
Knowing that older stock often has a useful lifespan that’s beyond what the major banks wish to finance doesn’t mean you’re at a dead end. There are a number of lenders who fill this space and are happy to provide finance against older assets.
This includes rolling over a balloon payment that’s coming up at the end of an existing finance term or raising capital against assets for longer terms and lower rates than those offered by unsecured loans.
Can I cash out equity in existing equipment and machinery?
A sale and leaseback is a solution we’ve helped business owners with to raise capital. The lender will take a valuation of your asset and offer cash against the value which you pay back over 3 to 5 year term in the same way you would any other equipment finance.
This will result in longer terms available and with much lower rates than unsecured loans offer while still avoiding using residential property as security. The benefit of this is a business loan that is much kinder to cash flow.
What kind of older assets can I finance?
There are so many different lenders with different appetites these days that if you can see it you can finance it.
Beyond cars and trucks, we’ve also financed yellow assets, specialist engineering equipment, industrial food manufacturing machines, packaging lines, lifting equipment and much, much more.
What if I have an ATO debt or financials aren’t up to date?
It’s true that some lenders will want their customers to be up to date with the ATO but for others they’re happy if there is a payment plan in place. Some lenders will look at each business on a case by case basis meaning that even without a payment plan we can successfully finance equipment for a business if you have a debt with the ATO.
The same is true if your financials aren’t up to date. Increasingly, lenders are making assessments by reviewing 6 or 12 months worth of bank data and won’t need your financials to make a decision.
Older equipment and machinery can be a great asset to your business and there’s normally a finance solution to match your situation. The key takeaway is to be upfront about your circumstances with your finance broker.