leasing and finance jargon buster

Leasing Jargon Buster

The world of leasing and asset finance can be overwhelming to those new to it. That is why we thought it best to create a leasing jargon buster guide to simplify some common finance terminology that you may come across when looking to obtain business finance. So, here goes…


AKA the borrower. This is the company looking to secure a form of finance to boost their business.


In other words, the lessor. This is the company that lends funds to the lessee.

Here at WestWon, we work alongside a variety of funders to ensure you are getting the best rates for your finance needs. Our myriad of funders also allow us to sustain our 96% acceptance rate. So should you not be accepted by one funder, the likelihood of you being accepted by another is high!


A broker is the company who arranges the best finance agreement tailored to the needs of the lessee. They do this by communicating between the lessee and the funders as well as suppliers to sort this. This is what we do here at WestWon.


For equipment leases, this is the company that supplies the equipment to the lessee. As the broker, we then make payment to the supplier to compensate for the equipment.


This is where the lessee’s finance application has been approved. Keep an eye out for conditions of an acceptance, sometimes an application will be approved providing specific conditions are met, for example a personal guarantee.

Capital cost:

This is the total value of the lease equipment in question.

Activated agreement:

Once your finance agreement is activated, this is when the supplier is paid and the lessee’s repayments begin.

Agreement term:

This is the time span of the lease. For example, a 3-year lease would have a 36-month term.

Equipment refresh cycle:

This is a lease option whereby you renew your existing equipment at the EOL (end of lease). Regular access to the newest kit allows the lessee to remain competitive within their sector.

Fair market value:

This is the price of a product determined by the marketplace at the time.

Tax relief:

By taking out particular lease agreements a lessee can benefit from tax relief. For example, with a lease rental agreement 100% of the lessee’s rental is deductible against their corporation tax. Currently lessee’s taking out a hire purchase agreement benefit from 130% super deduction tax relief for qualifying assets.  Learn more here.

Hire purchase:

This type of finance agreement allows the lessee to own and thus keep the equipment automatically at the end of the lease. This type is agreement is ideal for timeless appreciating assets such a plant and machinery or commercial vehicles.


These are the repayments made by the lessee for the finance that they have taken out. These are usually made either quarterly or monthly, however annual payments can also be arranged.


This is the number of repayments that are required during the term of the lease. So, for a 3-year lease with quarterly repayments the profile will show as 1 + 11.


A proposal is a document detailing the information needed from the lessee for credit clearance.

Contact Us

We hope that this guide has provided better understanding on some commonly used leasing and finance jargon. However, should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly team will be happy to answer as questions you may have. So, give us a call on 01494 611 456. Or, send an email to hello@westwon.co.uk.

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