Difference between Hire Purchase and Leasing
There are many things that we aspire for. Electronic gadgets are one of them. We wish to buy expensive things like homes, cars, smart phones, headsets, etc., to enjoy its benefits. Now, these electronic items and houses are very expensive. Some people can afford it, while some cannot. People who can afford it make direct payments to the seller. But there are several options of payment for the ones who cannot afford it at the present moment. One of the options is EMI. For instance, in order to buy an expensive smartphone one can make a down payment that is less than 50% of the actual cost. The rest of the money is provided to the seller on a monthly basis. Nowadays, EMIs come with 0% interest, i.e., one does not have to pay the interest rate on an expensive item. EMI is one of the options available to people.
Now, let us talk about the other options of buying as well. There are two significant types of making transactions and purchasing things, i.e., hire purchasing, and leasing. Both are different in several aspects, but let us start with the meanings of these terms.
Hire purchase is defined as the transaction wherein the products are bought and sold on several terms like the payment will be made in installments, the goods bought will readily be given to the buyer, the ownership of the product remains with the seller until the last installment is paid, and every installment is treated as a hire rate till the payment of the last installment. Hire purchase is undertaken when the buyer cannot afford to pay the entire amount of a product. A percentage of an amount is kept as a deposit, and the monthly rent is paid for the product hired. Once the installments are complete, the ownership of the product is given to the buyer. Well, there are two significant kinds of hire purchase, i.e., customer hire-purchase and industrial hire purchase. In the consumer hire purchase, the purchaser hires the products for non-business purposes (personal uses). A seller is a person and not a company or a business. On the other hand, in industrial hire purchase, the seller is a company or an industry that allows the buyer to hire the products for business purposes. For instance, hiring machines for a factory is an example of industrial hire purchase.
A lease is defined as a legal/ contractual agreement wherein the lessee pays the lessor to use a particular product. Assets like houses, properties, buildings, etc., come under the contractual agreement of leasing. Apart from the buildings, mechanical equipments are also leased. Leasing can basically be defined as the contract between a lessee and a lessor wherein the lessee agrees to rent a product, property, or equipment owned by the lessor. The payment is made by the lessee in a specific time period. There is no extension in the time period for the payment of particular equipment or property. One of the common examples of the lease is when a tenant rents your property for a specific period of time. Lessee is the receiver of goods and services, and the lessor is the owner of the product. One of the features of leasing is that the lessee selects the product/ property/ equipment from the lessor, and the lessee uses the asset during the lease.
Now, there are certain differences between hire purchasing and leasing. So, let us have a look at them.
So, these are some of the significant contrasting points between hire purchase and leasing. Now, there are certain characteristics of hire purchase and leasing. So, let us have a look at them.
Characteristics of Hire Purchase
Characteristics of Leasing
So, these are some of the characteristics of hire purchase and leasing. Hire purchase and leasing are essential if one wants to buy or rent something. Thus, both hire purchase and leasing are significant aspects of buying and selling.