CLOSED-END VS. OPEN-ENDED LEASE:
When comparing a Closed-End Lease with an Open-End Lease, an Open-End Lease typically has more flexible terms. However, a downfall is that the lessee takes on the depreciation risk of the asset. This means when a customer enters into an Open-End Lease, they will use the forklift for the entire length of the lease term, and after the lease expires, the customer is liable for the remaining residual balance of the equipment.
Since the lessee has no obligation to purchase the leased asset upon lease expiration and does not have to worry about whether the asset will depreciate more than expected throughout the course of the lease, it is often noted that Closed-End Leases are better for the average person.
EXAMPLE OF A CLOSED-END FORKLIFT LEASE
Typically, a Closed-End Lease comes with a fixed rate and a term that will run for a certain amount of time (example: 60 months). The lessee might want to terminate the agreement early, a move that often incurs additional fees for the early exit. For forklifts procured through such an agreement, there are often annual operating hour limits that tend to stay around 2,000 hours. If the use of the forklift exceeds those limits, the lessee is then responsible for paying additional fees. Furthermore, the lessee is responsible for any excess wear and tear that occurs with the asset.
At the conclusion of a Closed-End Lease, the lessor might look to sell the asset at its depreciated value. It is possible that the lessee might still seek to purchase the asset at this new rate, and there may even be incentives offered to complete such a deal at a reduced price.
When financing a forklift or forklift fleet, always remember to ask a lot of questions and obtain as much information as possible. Your local authorized Toyota Dealer and Toyota Industries Commercial Finance are happy to provide you with any additional information you need as you begin your forklift leasing process.