A chattel mortgage is a form of equipment loan where the bank or lender provide the funds to purchase a vehicle, asset or piece of equipment and then accept that item as collateral for the loan.
$5K To $2M+
1 to 7 years
5% to 15%
Key features of a chattel mortgage
The hirer takes immediate ownership of the asset and retains ownership after the end of the payment period. Payment instalments are a combined interest and principal.
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Advantages and disadvantages
What are the advantages of a chattel mortgage
What are the disadvantages a chattel mortgage
Common uses & good to know
Everything else about a chattel mortgage
This form of finance allows you immediate ownership of the item without the corresponding upfront cash outlay.
This form of loan can often be executed quickly and with minimal paperwork.
As you, the hirer, takes ownership immediately, you are able to claim the depreciation of the asset.
Good to know
Should you default on your debt, the bank may repossess your asset or piece of equipment.
While lower cost than unsecured loans, chattel mortgages are more expensive than business loans secured by for instance property.
There may also be fees involved from setting up the mortgage to early termination fees that add to the cost of the loan.
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Chattel mortgage FAQ
Frequently asked questions
As is the case for all equipment loans and leases, the fact that a chattel mortgage gives the lender collateral in terms of the asset leased means that the lenders may take a slightly more flexible approach to your credit score and operating history.