How to decide whether to Balloon in asset finance or not?

How to decide whether to Balloon in asset finance or not?

The financial services sector is filled with its own jargon that can be perplexing even to seasoned business operators. While we can’t speak for the entire industry, we strive to clarify these terms through explanatory articles relevant to business lending. At Loan Junction, we prioritize ensuring our customers are fully informed about all aspects of our Balloon in asset finance truck finance products, including the offers we present and the details of the final contract.

In this article, we’re tackling the concepts of balloons, residuals, and buybacks – explaining their purposes, importance, differences, and similarities, and how Loan Junction can help you leverage these elements to meet your financial objectives.

Similarities and Differences

Loan Junction offers a comprehensive range of commercial finance facilities, including Chattel Mortgage truck loans, Truck Leasing, Commercial Hire Purchase, and Rent to Own or Rent to Buy. Each type of loan has its own set of similarities and differences, providing benefits based on factors such as business setup, accounting methods, taxation approach, and balance sheet strategy.

The key distinction among balloons, residuals, and buybacks is that they correspond to different loan products:

  • Balloon is a component of Chattel Mortgage and CHP loans, representing a set percentage of the purchase price.
  • Residual is a component of a Leasing finance contract, typically established upfront as a set percentage.
  • Buyback is a component of Rent to Own loan products, involving negotiations between borrower and lender for full ownership of the truck at the end of the loan term.

Despite these differences, each serves a similar purpose as an essential element of the finance contract.


Including a balloon/residual/buyback element in a truck loan contract aims to reduce monthly payments by deferring a portion of the purchase price to a later stage, specifically the end of the loan term, with interest applied to this amount.

The balloon/residual/buyback represents a portion of the truck’s purchase price not factored into the monthly loan payments, instead reserved for full payment at the end of the contract term. Typically expressed as a percentage of the total truck price, the allowable amount might be subject to lender guidelines. Loan Junction works on your behalf to negotiate with the lender to achieve your desired percentage.

As truck purchase prices can be substantial investments, reducing the amount due through repayments by the balloon/residual/buyback percentage can make an otherwise unaffordable purchase cost-effective. This mechanism is akin to paying a deposit at the end of the loan term rather than upfront, preserving cash reserves.

Working with the Balloon/Residual/Buyback

Optimizing the balloon is crucial for achieving financial objectives and maintaining cash flow. Borrowers must identify the ideal balloon percentage for feasible monthly repayments while considering the truck’s potential value at the end of the loan term.

It’s essential to be ‘realistic’ regarding the truck’s value at the term’s end. While selecting the largest possible balloon amount may reduce monthly expenses, you must ensure it aligns with the truck’s realistic value. Should the balloon amount exceed the truck’s value at term end, challenges may arise, potentially necessitating Refinancing Truck Finance Balloon or Residual.

Leverage Loan Junction’s Truck Finance Calculator to understand how adjusting the balloon/residual/buyback influences repayment amounts, aiding in decision-making regarding loan structuring.

The Pay Out

Planning for paying out the balloon/residual/buyback to take full ownership of the vehicle is essential. With Rent to Own agreements, borrowers negotiate with the lender regarding buying out the truck finance or relinquishing any claim to the vehicle.

Businesses can finalize these amounts by using existing cash reserves or seeking a new loan agreement to ‘refinance’ the residual. Loan Junction can provide a quote for this refinancing. Keep in mind that as this occurs at the end of the loan term, the truck, which was new at purchase, is now used, potentially affecting loan conditions.

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