Is Affordable Technology a Myth?

Affordable technology is as elusive as Big Foot… or is it? How to Install/upgrade and preserve your credit line.

It is common knowledge that the evolution of technology is happening at an accelerated rate. Trying to keep up with the technology changes has become much more difficult and extremely expensive. Not that long ago a phone would sit on a desk for years, if not decades, having very little need to change or update feature. The phone system of today has software applications, mobile functionality, unified communications, and other exciting and ever-changing features. For this reason, consider a financing vehicle that allows you to budget for first purchase, enhancements, and upgrades while offering peace of mind that depreciating assets do not control your business capital. Create consistency in your budget using lease agreements (see: Example of $10,000 Project image below).

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Example of $10,000 Project

The provided example shows the difference between a capital purchase and a payment schedule for a $10,000 project. As demonstrated in red, with a cash or credit line sale there is no predictable refresh cycle and large upfront costs. In green is an estimation of what a 36-month plan would look like for the same equipment. In this example, the standard payment is around $330/month. Two payments would be required up front and applied to the first and last payment. We expect that should you need it, every three years, you can get a new comparable phone system for around the same payment of $330/month. This is something you can budget year after year, without the fear of your phone system failing from age.

Do Your Homework

No matter how you choose to pay for your upcoming equipment installation, having all available information on your options could make the difference between a good and a great decision. Here is a brief overview of all the benefits of leasing your equipment over using new or existing lines of credit through a bank loan:

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Lease vs. Bank Loan Comparison

If you do choose not to lease with Tie National, LLC using GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation’s leasing, keep in mind that not all leasing companies are equal. At GreatAmerica, you can count on ethical practices and a good customer experience. That is not be something you will get everywhere. Tony Golobic, CEO at GreatAmerica, is so dedicated to being an ethical leasing company; that included in our Truth in Leasing statement is a personal letter from him in which Tony guarantees the following expectations:

  • You will have an opportunity to benefit from insurance we maintain on your leased equipment by paying a monthly charge or you may provide your own insurance.
  • Your monthly invoice will be processed at least 25 days in advance of the due date.
  • You will be charged a one-time documentation fee.
  • You will not be charged interim rent.
  • You will not be charged a fee for processing property taxes.
  • At the end of the lease term, our Customers For Life® program ensures you will never pay more than 15% of our initial cost of the leased equipment to exercise a Fair Market Value purchase option (except with respect to some short term healthcare equipment leases).
  • You will be notified that your lease is coming to an end on the last invoice of the initial term.
  • If you use the equipment after the end of the initial lease term without exercising your purchase option (if applicable), you will not be automatically committed to a 12-month contract renewal. Instead, your contract will renew month-to-month.
  • Lastly, you will always receive prompt, courteous, professional, and fair treatment from us.

We hope that your next installation with Tie National, LLC provides an opportunity to also realize our exceptional customer service, and come to experience the difference that is GreatAmerica.

DISCLAIMER: The Information on this post is provided for education and informational purposes only, without any express or implied warranty of any kind, including warranties of accuracy, completeness, or fitness for any particular purpose. The Information contained in or provided from or through this blog is not intended to be and does not constitute financial advice, investment advice, trading advice or any other advice. It is general in nature and is not specific to you the User or anyone else. YOU SHOULD NOT MAKE ANY DECISION, FINANCIAL, INVESTMENTS, TRADING OR OTHERWISE, BASED ON ANY OF THE INFORMATION PRESENTED ON THIS FORUM WITHOUT UNDERTAKING INDEPENDENT DUE DILIGENCE AND CONSULTATION WITH A PROFESSIONAL BROKER OR COMPETENT FINANCIAL ADVISOR. You understand that you are using any and all Information available on or through this forum AT YOUR OWN RISK..


About GreatAmerica

Established in 1992, GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation is a $1.5 billion national commercial equipment finance company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA. GreatAmerica provides financing and niche market-focused services in all fifty states and several U.S. Territories. We offer innovative non-financial services to help our customers evolve their businesses. GreatAmerica is dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors, dealers, and solution providers be more successful and keep their customers for a lifetime. Learn more at www.greatamerica.com/about/about-greatamerica.


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