It’s a question that comes up a lot. Buy, rent or lease your new (or used) forklift. Each approach offers specific advantages and disadvantages. It comes down to what is right for the forklift purchaser and what is appropriate for the price and model being purchased. This is a summary of the available options that will hopefully help you to make the decision that is right for your business.
Buying a Forklift
The simplest and most popular method of purchasing a forklift. You choose your unit, give the dealer a cheque and they deliver your new unit. Appeals to many people, particularly those with no business credit rating. For many lower priced units it is the only feasible purchasing method, most lenders will not lease anything but a brand new forklift, even if purchased from a reputable dealer.
|Cheaper overall than rental or lease||The buyer is responsible for all upkeep and repairs (excepting warranty work|
|Easier purchase – less paperwork and no need to have a good credit rating||Not as good for business tax purposes|
|No ongoing lease expense||Purchase must be made in one lump sum|
|You can resell your forklift at any time easily||If your needs change you can’t return it to the dealer and swap for another unit|
Great for short periods of usage, renting a used forklift is the preferred method for large companies who want to spread out their expenses over a long period, and also the best way to obtain a modern, fully equipped forklift without a large capital expense or financing, which may not be feasible for small businesses.
|No upfront cost||Continual ongoing expense, higher than lease payments|
|No maintenance expenses||Operator is responsible for any damage|
|Option to switch to another forklift when your requirements change||Rental company can withdraw your contract at any time|
|Easy to add to monthly bills||Will never be ‘paid off’, continual ongoing expense|
|Can be returned if no longer required||Unable to recover sunk costs by reselling|
Leasing is the third way to purchase a forklift. It’s less common than buying or rental, because it’s usually only available for new forklifts, and thus is typically a dealer supplied option. The main advantages are the same as leasing a car, a fixed repayment over several years, with the option of a renewal on a new unit or a balloon payment on completion.
While very desirable for tax purposes, leasing is not for every business as it requires you to have good credit and be able to afford the lease on a new forklift, which is something that you may not require.
|No upfront cost||Large balloon payment at the end of lease|
|Can return forklift at end of lease and replace with a smaller or larger unit||Responsible for al maintenance and upkeep of forklift|
|The cheapest way to obtain a brand new forklift||Only available on new forklifts, not used forklifts|
|Cheaper than forklift rental||Must have good credit|
We hope that this article on purchasing methods for new forklifts and used forklifts is helpful to you when making your purchasing decision. Remember to check out our used forklifts, and our new YMA Forklift range as well. Don’t forget we are just a phone call or email away, even if you end up purchasing elsewhere, give us a call to compare models and pricing, or for advice on unit selection.