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Our expert lease solutions

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TIP provides a broad range of leasing solutions for your equipment. In fact, with one of the largest fleets, we are one of Europe’s largest transport equipment leasing companies. Our leasing solutions will provide you with many benefits, especially if you need an asset for part of its economic life. As your leasing company, TIP can purchase each asset specifically for you. Under our leasing agreement, you pay lease rates over an agreed period of time. Although you never own the asset, you have full use of it during the lease period.

TIP has more than 50,000 units in our transport equipment fleet, but if you can’t find the particular asset type you are looking for or require more information, please contact us. We will be happy to provide details of other assets available to meet your needs


Our different leasing solutions

Operating lease

Operating lease is off balance sheet leasing, with flexible terms, which can be complimented with value-added services. Operating lease is particularly effective for high-value assets, like trucks and trailers or specialised assets you need to support a specific contract. Lease rates are based on the value of the asset over the period you require it. As a result, you can link lease rates directly to the revenue your asset generates.

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Finance lease

Does your company lack the scale and expertise to reduce cost of ownership or suffer as a result of a challenging banking environment? The finance lease solution offered by our banking partners is the best way forward.

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Sale and lease back

When you choose sale and lease back from TIP, you will benefit from our years of expertise in the industry. We will buy your assets at a fair market price and lease these assets back to you for a fixed monthly lease rate, freeing up your invested capital and optimising your capital position.

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Four reasons why trailer leasing with TIP is a good idea

A major question for many fleet managers today is whether “to own or not to own” their trucks and trailers. Does it make business sense to purchase or to lease? The evidence points to increasing interest in leasing.  For example, the latest Quarterly Leasing Survey published by The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association in September 2017 reported that the total business fleet leasing market for the light commercial van segment grew last year to 371,000 LCVs by 14% year on year for Q2 2017.

What is a “trailer lease”?

A lease is an arrangement between the lessor (owner of the trailer) and the lessee (user of the trailer) whereby the lessor purchases a trailer and allows the lessee to use it in exchange for periodic payments called trailer lease rentals or minimum lease payments. At the end of the lease period, the trailer is returned to the lessor unless there is a contractual provision which obliges the lessee to buy the trailer or renew the lease for a specific timeframe.

Why trailer leasing?

There are several advantages to leasing:
Helps cashflow– Purchasing a trailer requires a significant upfront payment whereas leasing enables fleet managers to spread their payments over several years. Choosing leasing frees up capital for investment elsewhere. Regular lease payments enable fleet managers to budget more accurately. Leasing also avoids the issue of owning a depreciating asset and the need to dispose of it once it has reached the end of its useful life.
Offers tax benefits– When you buy a trailer, you pay VAT on the purchase price. VAT can add up to a large sum for many transport companies as they expand their trailer fleets. In most EU countries, by leasing, you pay the VAT on the rental amount rather than the much higher purchase price. Another advantage is that the repayment of installments in a leasing contract typically counts as a business expense as opposed to owning an asset, on which you can only claim the costs of depreciation.
Gives access to new technology– Leasing gives you access to the latest truck and trailer technology without having to find large amounts of capital to finance a new vehicle purchase outright. Leasing makes it easier to upgrade to a more technologically-advanced trailer than you could have afforded to buy. Indeed some leasing contracts allow fleet managers to upgrade to the latest models at the end of a contract term.
Provides maintenance peace of mind– Many leasing contracts include vehicle maintenance. Outsourcing trailer maintenance is more cost-effective than keeping it in-house because it eliminates the fixed overheads of technicians, their training, the latest diagnostic and repair equipment and liberates capital rather than tying it up in a warehouse of spare parts. Importantly, it ensures that your trailer downtime is minimised. [source: Daily Telegraph]

Trailer leasing differences between European countries

Leasing regulation varies from one EU country to another. The differences include the tax treatment of the leased asset. So, for example, in Germany, under some types of leasing contract, the lessee who leases the trailer is deemed to be the owner of the asset for tax purposes because the lessor/the actual economic owner does not get to use the trailers during the leasing contract. This means that the trailer is perceived by the German tax authorities as an asset for the lessee, for which VAT is paid on the purchase value of the asset and the costs are depreciated as opposed to being a business expense [source: NortonRoseFulbright]. This is different from the situation in the Netherlands or the United Kingdom, for example.

TIP and trailer leasing

TIP offers a wide range of leasing solutions and can advise on the different leasing regulations across Europe. With a fleet of over 70,000 units, TIP is one of Europe’s largest transport equipment leasing companies. It can also purchase assets specifically for you.

TIP leasing options

TIP provides several leasing options:
Operating lease– This is off-balance sheet leasing with flexible terms. Operating leases are particularly attractive for high-value assets such as trucks and trailers which are needed to fulfil a specific contract. Lease rates are based on the value of the asset over the period you require it. As a result, you can link lease rates directly to the revenue your asset generates.
Finance lease– A finance lease allows you to acquire an asset over time rather than paying for it upfront. The lease rates are calculated over an agreed term.  The regulations for Finance Lease differ from country to country making it not applicable everywhere.
Sale and lease back – Under this form of leasing, we will buy your assets at a fair market price and lease these assets back to you for a fixed monthly fee, thereby freeing up your capital for other uses and assuring you do not have to worry what to do with the vehicles after a certain period.
Additional value-added services available across all our leasing solutions– TIP can offer replacement vehicles during repairs, maintenance, damage handling, roadside assistance, fleet and tyre management and telematics for your fleet. We remarket trucks and trailers that are no longer needed. We can also provide rental units to fill short-term gaps in your fleet.
For more information about TIP trailer leasing, please contact us using this contact form.

The advantages of doing business with TIP

Flexibility and Competitive Pricing

Whether you need immediate access to trailers or wish to change asset type at short notice, we can offer you a totally flexible solution at very competitive rates.

Dedicated Customer Service Delivery

With our world-class customer service teams across Europe, you can rest assured that, with us, all of our rental trailers are maintained to the highest standards, ensuring total operating efficiency throughout our fleet. We view trailer uptime as the standard!

A risk-free journey

With our Damage Protection service, your rental equipment is protected against additional costs resulting from damage, fire and even loss of equipment. In this way, you can focus on the transport and do not have to worry about any ‘what if’s’. With a trailer from TIP, you know you have the best trailer, the best service and the best coverage in case of an incident.

A broad network to benefit from

We have operations in 16 countries in Europe and have a large network of 6,000 vendors located throughout these countries. You are assured of convenience and flexibility as we have the capabilities to serve you wherever you need us. Furthermore, our business scale allows us to provide you with competitive offerings in the market.

We have breadth and depth of offering

We have European reach, product and service portfolio breadth, and scale that allows us to provide you with flexible solutions whenever and wherever you need it. We operate with a preventative maintenance policy to align with operational requirements. With our Roadside assistance service, you can rely on our experienced Roadside Assistance service. We provide full support, seven days a week, around the clock.

Ability to choose the trailer that fits your demands

At TIP, you will be talking to trailer experts who can help you in finding a solution that fits your needs. Whether you need a reefer, a curtainsider or a tilt, we will be able to help you as our asset fleet is one of the largest in Europe.