Most businesses need equipment to run their operations at full capacity. What they may not have at any given time is the ability to buy all the equipment they need out of pocket. Borrowers with bad credit may worry that they’ll be locked out of the financing they need. This post takes a look at some of the challenges borrowers with bad credit may face in trying to get equipment financing — and some of the equipment financing solutions they can use to get around them.
Computers, IT equipment, and related items pose unique issues for businesses trying to decide whether to lease or buy. Tech equipment becomes obsolete more quickly than almost any other type of equipment, making it a poor long-term investment. At the same time, many businesses need to keep their tech hardware up-to-date in order to remain competitive. Should you buy or lease your tech equipment? Read on.
Pros Offers high-quality terminals and POS systems Cons Payments greatly exceed value of equipment over full lease term Contract terms up to four years Lease is noncancelable Early termination requires paying out all remaining months of contract Poor customer service and support Overview First Data Global Leasing (FDGL) is the leasing division of mammoth processor […]
Pros Simplified application Fast credit decisions Fast time to funding Cons Opaque borrower qualifications Opaque terms and fees Overview Western Equipment Finance is a subsidiary of Western State Bank that provides equipment financing nationwide. The company is based in North Dakota. Western provides a solid range of equipment financing options for new and mature businesses. […]
TD offers several short-term loans, lines of credit, SBA loans and equipment financing to small businesses located in the East Coast. They have stringent borrower qualifications but their interest rates are low. Be aware that your existing business relationship with TD will be one of the bigger determining factors.
Pros Good public reputation Suited for small business Cons Poor customer support Overview BSB Leasing is a Colorado-based funding company that specializes in small ticket and commercial capital equipment leases. BSB’s clientele span a wide range of industries, from food service to construction to computer hardware. BSB also serves as a short-term online funder offering […]
Pros Suited for large businesses Good public reputation Cons Opaque terms and fees Overview U.S. Bancorp is the holding and parent company of U.S. Bank, the seventh-largest bank in the U.S. by total assets. The Minneapolis-based bank finances equipment to both large and small businesses and maintains branches in 25 states. As a large, traditional lending […]
Pros Suited for large businesses Good public reputation Cons Opaque terms and fees Fair customer support Overview Key Equipment Finance (KEF) is the equipment financing division of Cleveland, Ohio-based regional bank, KeyCorp. KEF is, itself, based in Superior, Colorado, with regional headquarters in Albany, NY and Toronto, ON. KEF is a safe, stable financer for […]
Pros Moderate interest rates Relaxed credit score qualifications Cons Opaque terms and fees Overview National Funding is a California-based company that provides alternative funding to small businesses, particularly those with poor credit. Though the funder provides short-term loans and merchant cash advances as well, this review will focus on their equipment financing products. National Funding’s […]
AgDirect is an Omaha, NE based equipment financing program offered by a network of specialized lenders called the Farm Credit System (FCS). AgDirect is a convenient way to access the benefits of the Farm Credit System quickly and easily, and should probably be somewhere near the top of an agribusiness’s options.