Contract Hire

Everything you need to know about Business Contract Hire


So, you’re looking to lease a vehicle through your business? Don’t worry, we can help. Usually, when someone is talking about car leasing, it’s likely they’re talking about Contract Hire (CH, for short).

We’ve put this page together to give businesses more information on CH. Contract Hire is also available for individuals, and we have a page explaining everything about Personal Contract Hire too.

Put in simple terms, a business CH agreement allows a company to rent a car for 1 to 4 years (or up to 5 years if you’re looking to lease a van). When you reach the end of the agreement you return the car with nothing further to pay.

Of course, there are a few stipulations on how the car should be returned at the end of your contract; as the company won’t technically own the vehicle, this is also known as ‘fair wear and tear’.


  • You don’t have to sell the car at the end so there’s no depreciation loss
  • You won’t have to worry about negative equity as you won’t be paying for the full value of the vehicle
  • Contract Hire agreements are easy to budget as the monthly cost will remain low and consistently the same throughout the contract
  • Road tax is included throughout


  • You won’t own the vehicle outright
  • You’ll be subject to fair wear and tear conditions at the end of the contract
  • You could incur charges should you go over the mileage allowance in your agreement
  • The car has to be serviced throughout which will incur an extra cost (although there are maintenance agreements available which can help spread out the cost in your budget)


With a CH agreement, the price is generally determined by the residual value of the car at the end of the contract. What this means is, the better a car holds its value, the more the finance house will be able to sell the car for when it’s returned at the end of the contract. They will also be happier to reduce the rental costs because of the residual value they’ll retain.

Cars from Audi and Mercedes are popular choices when it comes to this type of lease as they hold their value. This means that you can rent one for a great price, far less than their full retail value.

The mileage is the biggest factor in calculating the expected level of depreciation, and therefore the end value of the car. If you drive 30,000 miles a year, you can expect the car to reduce in value much faster than if you only travel 10,000 miles.

Overall, the payments are calculated by:
(Retail Price – Estimated Residual Value) / Months on Contract + Admin Fees = Monthly Payments.


Please note you will not own the vehicle outright until all payments are made.

If you default on your finance payments, then the vehicle may be repossessed by the finance provider.

You must be 18 years or older to apply for finance.

Finance is not guaranteed, and any finance application is subject to a credit check and individual circumstances.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

The finance provider will have their own Terms and Conditions, please contact them directly for further information.


If you need more information we can help. Download our Ultimate Guide to Vehicle Leasing.

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