Articles relating to

Contract Hire and Leasing Guide

Account application criteria explained 

Navigating the process of securing a business account for contract hire and leasing agreements can seem like a daunting task, but understanding the eligibility criteria can simplify the journey.

Fundamentally, these agreements are a form of credit provided by financiers to businesses—including limited companies, sole traders, LLPs, and PLCs. The approval of such accounts hinges on the customer's credit status and the cost of the vehicle, despite the vehicle remaining the property of the financier from the start.

To apply for account approval, businesses must present detailed financial information demonstrating their ability to afford and sustain the leasing agreement. This typically includes, but is not limited to, company details, a trading history of at least three years, and up-to-date accounting information registered with Companies House.

In situations where comprehensive accounting details are not readily available, alternative documents such as management accounts or business bank statements may be requested to assess affordability. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, a director’s guarantee or a higher initial payment might be required to secure the agreement.

The vetting process also involves a thorough credit check, usually conducted through agencies like Experian or Equifax. Any history of county court judgments or defaults could lead to automatic rejection, although some financiers may offer non-status contract hire agreements under certain conditions.

For new businesses, presenting a solid business plan along with financial statements can help demonstrate viability and affordability. Moreover, to prevent identity fraud, individuals involved must provide valid photo identification, such as a full UK driving license alongside a passport if necessary. Understanding these criteria and preparing the necessary documentation in advance can greatly streamline the process of obtaining a contract hire or leasing agreement for your business.

©2024 All Vehicle Contracts Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
All Vehicle Contracts Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, our FCA Reference Number is 690140.
All Vehicle Contracts Limited are a credit broker not a lender.
Vehicle images shown are for illustration and guidance purposes only. All offers are subject to change at any time and are subject to finance approval and vehicle availability.