Business owners understand the value of an effective financing option for their equipment. With the extensive variations possible for terms and conditions of a heavy equipment lease, finding the right option for your company can mean significant savings and an outcome that makes the most sense for your needs: Pay more when you use the machine more, pay less when you use it less.
With Caterpillar® Job Site Solutions you have more flexibility and options for financing the equipment your company uses every day. You need your equipment to be versatile. Shouldn't your lease be the same way?
Pay For Use is a simple way to describe a financing option that ties the hours your business uses its equipment to the overall lease term. There are two components of this approach: A minimum monthly fee, and additional charges based on your equipment usage. In other words, you only pay more when you use your loader, grader, excavator or other piece of machinery more frequently. Beyond this structure and the financial benefits available, consider a few of the other advantages the Pay For Use program brings to your business:
There are four key operational areas to keep in mind when it comes to Pay For Use.
The term of your lease is determined by a total number of hours compared to a set number of months or years. The lease progresses based on the number of hours the equipment is used. Actual utilization of your equipment is tracked by Caterpillar and reported to you monthly. Several benefits come from this approach, including a direct relationship between the monthly cost and how frequently you put your equipment to work.
The ability to bank hours is also important to keep in mind. When you do not hit your hourly minimum in a given month, the unused hours carry over giving you the ability to offset months with higher utilization. The result is a lease that gives your company a high level of control over costs, encouraging efficient cash flow management in the long term.
A very specific and structured lease can be a great thing if your company has predictable machine utilization. However, business work loads often fluctuate making it difficult to predict utilization. Customizable leases, including skip payment options based on seasonal operation, can be especially useful. And with the Pay For Use program also offering a return or fixed-price purchase option for equipment, this flexibility continues all the way through the end of every lease agreement.
Paying for equipment itself is a vital consideration, but it is also important to manage the maintenance and repairs needed for your equipment. Caterpillar Pay For Use gives you the option to add on additional services like condition monitoring and preventative maintenance. Instead of constantly contending with the possibility of unplanned repairs, you can trust in the benefits of this optional services agreement. This addition to the Pay For Use agreement makes sure your equipment is maintained and repaired by certified technicians through your local Cat® dealer. With the best possible service available for your equipment, you can rest assured that your projects and operation can keep moving forward.
Caterpillar Pay For Use takes the complication out of your equipment lease. Customers are billed an hourly rate that includes both the financing cost and any services chosen in a single monthly invoice. With this invoice, you can easily stay on top of costs, banked hours, and other considerations central to the program. This convenient solution means you can leverage the benefits of Pay For Use without having to invest a significant amount of time into managing the details each month, so you can focus on what you do best
Want to learn more about the Pay For Use program? Get in touch with your local Cat dealer today!
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