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Novated Lease Calculator
Novated Leasing is the cornerstone employee benefit for all Australian government, and private sector employers. Member Advantage have teamed up with Vehicle Solutions to offer a more competitive, efficient and simplified process.
This page allows you to change the main variables in a Novated Lease to provide a very accurate estimate on the vehicle of your choice.
What is a Novated Lease?
Most people who finance a car pay for the finance, fuel, tyres, servicing, registration and insurance renewals from their salary after after paying tax. Using a Novated Lease you can pay for the car before tax, reducing the amount of tax you pay leaving more in your pocket.
Total cost to take-home pay
From income tax
These Novated Lease figures include finance, fuel, tyres, scheduled services, registration and insurance renewals.
What’s the next step?
If you have further questions or would like to get a pre-approval, we’re always here to help. Getting a quick and easy pre-approval is a great way to feel more confident shopping for your car, by knowing exactly what you can afford. The pre approval has no obligation attached, it simply speeds up the final documentation and delivery process.
For more information on this quote or to get a pre-approval please complete the form below and we will contact you within 4 working hours to answer all of your questions and if required complete a quick pre-approval.
Information about our Novated Lease Calculator
When most people look at buying a car, one of the main decisions that need to be made is about affordability. What is this car going to cost me out of the pay I get in my hand. A good Novated Lease calculator will provide this information up front. Our Novated Lease calculator tells you in less than 30 seconds the exact cost to your take home pay for any vehicle value you enter.
But what does all this mean?
When looking at any Novated Lease calculator it is important to understand what is included and importantly what is not included. On a Novated Lease calculator the provider can change the way fuel, tyres and scheduled services are calculated which will reduce the amount allocated to the running costs to make their quotes look cheaper, but in the end you could be paying a lot more. It is very important to understand what is in each of the running cost budgets and how they are calculated. At the end of this explanation you will be able to do a quick check of your current budgets and see what’s right and what’s missing!
Each car manufacture (Eg. Toyota) will publish an average fuel usage for each of their vehicles. This fuel usage is normally represented in litres per 100kms. For example an average small car usage is about 6 to 7 litres per 100kms and for a large 4×4 this can range between 12 to 16 litres per 100kms. In our Novated Lease calculator we use this measurement to calculate each fuel budget;
(Litres/100kms) X (Your annual kms travelled/100) X (Average fuel cost per litre) = Fuel budget.
- (7.5) X (15,000/100) X $1.45 = $1,631.25 Annual Fuel Budget.
In our Novated Lease calculator we use $1.50 for the fuel cost because we have clients in parts of Australia where fuel is consistently at this price level.
In a Novated Lease calculator a tyre budget is a little harder to estimate simple because tyre prices can vary so much depending on the type of tyre the driver wants, for example a lower profile tyre maybe more expensive, but important to the vehicle driver. In our Novated Lease calculator we research an average cost for each of the vehicle categories we use. We simple apply this cost to an average tyre change time period and the budget is set.
(Average cost of a tyre X 4) = Cost of a set of tyres.
Your annual kms travelled X the lease term in years = Total KMs
Total KMs/35,000kms (average tyre change period) = Sets of tyres required.
Sets of tyres required X Cost of the set / years of lease = Total tyre budget per year.
Example – Mary drives 15,000kms per year and is about to start a 5 year lease. The cost of a set of her tyres is $850.
15,000 X 5 = 75,000kms /35000 = 2.14 sets of tyres X $850 per set = $1,819/5 years = $363.80 per year.
Most cars need a service every 10,000 to 15,000km and the cost of this service depends on the type of vehicle you choose. In our Novated Lease calculator we have set a preset budget estimate depending on the vehicle type (small hatch, large, 4×4…) you choose.
Example – Mary drives 15,000km a year in her Toyota Prado 4×4 Wagon.
$450 Per service every 15,000kms = $450 per year.
Registration and Insurance
For registration and insurance renewals we use an estimate again depending on the type of vehicle chosen.
The finance is on a standard novated lease calculation with a few small variations.
- The lease is two months in arrears. This means that the payments for the first two months are $0.00. These payments are spread over the balance of the lease term. For example if you are wanting to take a 5 year (60 month) lease then there will be 60 payments, however the 1st and 2nd month will be $0.00 and then 58 payments of $400 for example. This structure allows the Salary Packaging company such as Vehicle Solutions Australia to establish the service including the payroll deductions and collect several deductions prior to the first real payment is due.
- The first years Comprehensive Car Insurance can be financed if required. This means that you never have to come up with the cash for your insurance. When the insurance fall due again in 12 months simple send in the renewal and the Salary Packaging provider can pay this out of the funds in your Novated Lease account.
Residual Value – There is always a lot of talk about the balloon payment that falls due at the end of your lease. This is call the residual value or the final value (for tax purposes). The ATO allow you to pay for your car through your employer. This arrangement saves you take and is very convenient to run. However for tax purposes only, because your employer is paying for the car from money deducted from your salary you can’t get any equity in this vehicle. That means it needs to be paid back to a realistic market value at the end of the lease.
GOOD NEWS – Because there is a residual value at the end, your repayments are cheaper during the lease term. Most people use these cheap finance payments to get into a more expensive car.
The residual value is a ATO set percentage based on the lease term, but has a buffer of approximately 5% either side of required rates.
Finance Approval Conditions
After you have finished used our Novated Lease Calculator and being happy that you can afford the deduction from your salary the next step is getting the finance or lease approved. In general getting a Novated lease approved is a little easier than normal finance. The reason for this is simply because the financier is getting the repayments directly from your employer before you even get taxed. This gives the financier more confidence that their loan is going to be repaid.
The pre-approved will provide you with an approval in principle on the vehicle you choose. This approval is not binding and we never put any pressure on you to use this approval. The approval will provide you with a better negotiating position in the vehicle purchase. People who are ready to buy and have the funds in place can request a cash price for immediate delivery.
We hope that you have found both our Novated Lease Calculator and information on each aspect of the calculator helpful.
However if you have any questions regarding the numbers or would like to discuss the process please feel free to call us during office hours on 1300 990 880.