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How to Find the Best Deals on Prestige Contract Hire

Oct 9, 2007
You can find a number of companies offering car and van hire on a long-term (usually three years or over) basis. Prestige contract hire is available to individuals, Sole Traders, Partnerships and Ltd Companies. For businesses, it offers major incentives in terms of tax and administration costs.

For individuals, it appeals to those who are looking to finance a luxury car with the benefit of fixed payments that cover maintenance, warranty and breakdown cover. A lease or contract will also build the costs of road tax into payments.

Prestige Contract Hire for businesses
The main benefit of Prestige Contract Hire for businesses relate to administration and tax. If you acquire some sort of contract or lease, rather than purchasing your company cars, you'll have off balance sheet funding, avoid disposal costs, and avoid the costs of depreciation (and avoid a large initial cash payment).

If the vehicle is used exclusively for business use, you'll also be able to claim the VAT back. In terms of administration, it means that you'll not have to worry about things like tax and breakdown cover, since this will be covered by the contract hire company.

Funding a Prestige Vehicle
Contract Hire (PCH) or Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) offers more affordable ways to finance a luxurious car such as a Ferrari or Aston Martin, and avoid the depreciation trap. At the highest end of the prestige car hire market, you'll find the Ferrari.

The F430 Spider, based on a combination of the latest F1 technology with style from the 1961 racing cars starts at a selling price of 137,000. Prestige contract hire perhaps a more realistic way of getting your hands behind the wheel, at around 2,000 pounds a month for businesses plus deposit of around 6,000 pounds: and you'll be tied into a contract of around 48 months and cover an expected 10,000 miles per annum. Other vehicles available under this type of scheme include Mercedes, Porsche, Range Rover and Audis.

For Personal Contract Hire you are required to pay fixed rentals for a fixed period, and then simply return the vehicle at the end of the period. Road tax will usually be covered, and you can opt to be covered for warranty or breakdown packages as part of your monthly payment.

Personal Contract Purchase could be used by people who have been given a monthly vehicle allowance, to allow you to finance the purchase a vehicle at the end of a term, for an amount agreed at the outset - the Guaranteed Future Value (GFV or 'balloon payment'). You may also be free to hand the vehicle back at no further cost (although you may lose your original deposit), or part exchange it for a different vehicle using the difference between the GFV and the actual value.
For both types of contract, monthly payments are based on factors including:

How much is the vehicle worth new?
How much is your deposit?
How long will the contract last?
What is your estimated mileage?

If you have a specific car in mind, the prestige contract hire firm you chose should be able to find a deal that suits your needs.
About the Author
Shaun Parker has been at the forefront of the prestige car leasing industry for the past ten years. To find out more see www.ambervehiclesolutions.co.uk
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