Hire Purchase


DEFINITION of 'Hire Purchase'

A method of buying goods through making installment payments over time. The term hire purchase originated in the U.K., and is similar to what are called "rent-to-own" arrangements in the United States. Under a hire purchase contract, the buyer is leasing the goods and does not obtain ownership until the full amount of the contract is paid.


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BREAKING DOWN 'Hire Purchase'

Leasing goods in this manner is a tactic commonly employed by businesses in order to enhance the appearance of earnings metrics. For instance, by leasing assets, it may be possible to keep the debt used to pay for the assets and the asset itself off the balance sheet, resulting in higher operational and return-on-asset figures. In the U.S., consumer rent-to-own arrangements are controversial because they can be used in a way which attempts to circumvent proper accounting standards.

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  1. What are the financial benefits of hire purchases?

    The primary financial benefits for a company using a hire purchase plan include maximizing working capital, the ability to ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What are the most common instances to use hire purchases in a small business?

    Hire purchases are commonly used to acquire high-dollar business assets, such as technology equipment, transportation fleets ... Read Full Answer >>
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    Regardless of whether cash dividends are paid or accrued, a company's working capital is reduced. When cash dividends are ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Do prepayments provide working capital?

    Prepayments, or prepaid expenses, are typically included in the current assets on a company's balance sheet, as they represent ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Does working capital include salaries?

    A company accrues unpaid salaries on its balance sheet as part of accounts payable, which is a current liability account, ... Read Full Answer >>
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