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BEST NOVATED LEASE COMPANIES IN AUSTRALIA: HOW TO COMPARE

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Pay for car and running costs with pre-tax salary

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A novated lease company does all the set up for you

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EV novated leases are exempt from FBT

There are quite a few novated lease companies in Australia who will help you salary package your car through your employer.

Unfortunately, some employees are locked into working with their employer's preferred novated lease provider. But if you have the flexibility to shop around for your novated lease, it’s important to pick the right company to work with.

What do novated lease companies do?

This will show you how much your novated lease will cost based on information about you (e.g. your salary and how many kms you drive per year), the car you want to lease and the lease duration.

The novated lease company's quote should outline:

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  • The cost of your novated lease (the regular deduction from your salary)
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  • What the allowances will be for your car running costs
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  • What the overall reduction will be to your take home pay
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  • How much tax you will save
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  • Any fees you will be charged (e.g. lease admin fees)
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  • The residual value of the vehicle

If you decide to go ahead, the novated lease company can help you source a new or used car to novate through their connections with dealers. This is optional, and you are free to source the car yourself if you’d prefer.

The benefit of getting help from the novated lease company is that they can sometimes negotiate discounts or find a car that will be delivered sooner.

They will also be able to advise you on the cars that will save you the most money, e.g the electric cars that are eligible for the novated lease fringe benefits tax exemption.

Novated leasing companies do not provide the finance. Instead they will work with a lender to get your finance approved. This can involve everything from advising on which lender will offer the best deal, to submitting the finance application for you.

Your novated lease company will establish the lease agreement that you and your employer will need to sign to finalise the arrangement.

They will then provide your employer with everything they need to ensure your salary sacrifice car paymemts are deducted correctly.

For example, they will ensure the pre- and post-tax salary deductions means there is no fringe benefits tax for you or your employer to pay. That’s assuming you are not eligible for the FBT exemption on an electric car novated lease.

The novated lease provider will also take care of any ongoing admin. That could include sending you a fuel card to pay for fuel, or reimbursing you for any car running costs you have paid for yourself.

If you need to increase or decrease your running cost budget, the novated lease provider will also take care of that.

When your novated lease term ends, the provider will advise you on your options and help you with the next steps (e.g. renewing the lease or setting up a new one with a different car).

Can I choose any novated lease company?

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to shop around for the best novated lease provider to work with. This is because some employers have ‘exclusive contracts’ with a particular provider. If that’s the case you will need to use that company, no matter how good or bad (and expensive) they are.

Shaun McGowan Money.com.au founder

Shaun McGowan, Founder of Money

"If that’s the situation you’re in, ask your employer why you don’t have the option to shop around for the best company for your novated lease. Remember, the ability to salary sacrifice your car through a novated lease is an employee perk. Employers looking to give the best experience and financial savings to their employees should be offering choice."

Shaun McGowan, Founder of Money

In other cases, some employers will use a certain company for the lease admin, but employees can choose their own novated lease company to take care of the finance and the other aspects of the lease.

This is usually referred to as a ‘self-managed lease’. But in reality you are simply using your choice of novated lease company to manage the process for you, source the finance and establish the lease. Your employer’s provider then takes over the ongoing lease admin.

How to choose the best novated lease company

If you’re able to shop around, ideally get a few quotes to see who’s offering you the best novated lease deal. Depending on what car you’re buying, the manufacturer may also offer a novated leasing service.

Here’s what to consider when deciding between novated lease companies:

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What is the overall cost of the lease quotes?

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What interest rate are you getting on the finance?

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What are the admin and finance brokerage fees and are they included in the overall cost quoted?

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Is there an additional fee for using your own provider for running expenses? For example, a good novated lease provider will allow you to do your own car insurance comparison, get the best deal and then simply reimburse you for the cost with no extra fees.

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How experienced is the company with helping customers in your situation?

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Do they add extra insurance or other products to your lease that you don’t need?

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What level of ongoing customer service do they offer?

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How have other customers rated their experience?

Where do novated lease companies source the finance from?

Novated lease companies help you source the finance for your lease from a specialist lender. They will also deal with the lender on your behalf – for example, by preparing and submitting the finance application.

Most novated lease companies work with several lenders and will submit your application to the one offering the best deal. But ultimately it’s up to you if you want to progress with an application with that lender.

Just as with a car loan, it’s important to understand how your novated lease is financed, which lender is providing the finance and what you’re being charged in interest and fees.

Be wary of novated lease companies that are not transparent about the finance providers you will have access to. Some providers funnel all their clients’ applications to a single finance company (or a very small number of providers) charging high rates and fees.

Car finance options and guides

The type of finance that will suit best depends on your circumstances. Here are some guides to help.

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Shaun McGowan Money.com.au founder

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Shaun McGowan

Shaun McGowan is the founder of Money.com.au. He's determined to help people and businesses pay as little as possible for financial products, through education and building world class technology. Previously Shaun co-founded CarLoans.com.au and Lend.

Sean Callery Editor Money.com.au

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Sean Callery

Sean Callery is the Editor of Money.com.au. He has over 15 years of international experience. He is qualified with a Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking (FNS40821) and is compliant to provide general advice in Tier 1 General Insurance (RG 146) products.

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