Things to consider when you compare equipment finance

Published on December 4th, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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Equipment finance is specially created for the sole purpose of providing access to necessary funds for buying latest specialist business equipment. In this view, a wide range of banks and lenders provide borrowers with this particular option. Still, opting for the best equipment finance for your individual needs necessitates keeping count of your budget, financial situation and taxation requirements. A good idea is talking to an equipment finance professional.

Additionally, there are certain important aspects that you should consider in order to make an objective, positive decision.

Interest rate

The interest rate on equipment finance will have an immediate impact on establishing the repayment of the loan or lease. Thus, we advise you to opt for a loan or lease that provides you with a lower rate of interest.

Taxation advantages

There are several structures to consider when financing a piece of equipment. Every particular approach encompasses its set of possible taxation advantages. Thus, you should consider asking for your accountant's advice to understand which structure suits your requirements best.

Repayment options

If you are thinking about making repayments, this particular option does not come with every equipment finance alternative. Still, you should consider your budget and future financial situation to schedule your repayments so that it meets your situation and needs.

Fees and charges

Every loan presents a range of fees and charges that are added to the loan. This is why you should pay attention to product information and determine if your choice includes early repayment fees, establishment fees or account keeping fees. These fees may vary depending on the life of the loan.


How long will it take to pay off your financial asset? The available terms might vary between 12 months up to 7 years. The terms of your equipment finance ought to provide you with a suitable term for your financial situation.


The assistance of a highly skilled equipment finance partner will have access to the best range of lenders. That imminently implies better and faster services.

What to avoid when deciding on the most suitable equipment finance

The major disadvantage that comes with equipment finance and that you should avoid is to agree to a financial agreement that exceeds your financial repayment capacity. Before making a purchase, consider the importance and the necessity of the particular equipment for the ongoing development of your business.

A common mistake most people end up doing is getting confused by the wide range of choices, and making a bad decision. Thus, seek the assistance of a finance advisor or an accountant and make sure your choice is a positive one for your financial situation.

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The interest rate, comparison rate, fees and monthly repayments will depend on factors specific to your profile, such as your financial situation, as well as others, such as the loan’s size and your chosen repayment term. Costs such as broker fees, redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, aren’t included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts may result in a different comparison rate.

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