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Finance Services FAQ

Understanding how you work

Production and broadcast professionals have needs that are truly unique and we understand this. Our financial service offerings are customized to work the way you do. 

How does AbelCine Finance Services differ from leasing companies?

When you work with AbelCine Finance Services, you have a partner that understands the production industry. Since you’re working with one company from beginning to end, the whole process is considerably streamlined.

We offer straightforward, consistently low monthly payment options and end-of-term buyouts. Our financing terms are always clear and upfront. You will never find us or our lending partners charging “interim rent” or daily usage fees, additional payments that are sometimes buried in the fine print of lease documents.

My bank is offering a low rate; when should I consider using your financing?

Banks are great resources, but they have a limit on what they can approve for any one customer. Our financing provides an alternative source of capital and leaves bank lines free for other uses. In addition, the low rates charged by banks sometimes require additional collateral, like a second trust deed on real estate.

Often banks require a great deal of paperwork, and they may have a longer approval process. We understand the demands and time constraints of the production industry, so we aim to make the financing process as quick and easy as possible.

If you are approved, a bank will often have a clause in their documents putting a “blanket lien” on all equipment that you purchase. In comparison, the lenders we work with only put a lien on the specific equipment financed.

What interest rate will I be charged?

Equipment financing differs from bank loans in that it is 100% financing, with no down payment needed. There is no stated interest rate; instead you are guaranteed a set number of fixed monthly payments.

Can I pay off my financing contract early?

Yes. Although every lender handles this a bit differently, in general you can pay off your contract early. In most cases, however, it is best to go with the shortest term your cash flow can handle. You are responsible for all the payments for which you sign up, but we have negotiated favorable terms for paying contracts off early, after the first 12 months.

How do I qualify for financing?

A simple one-page application can be used to finance packages from $10,000 – $150,000. Monthly term options are available from 12 to 60 months. For amounts greater than $150,000, custom programs and lines of credit are available. 

Production equipment is changing all the time. I’d like the ability to use the latest equipment as technology changes. Can I do that?

We understand it’s essential to stay on top of the latest technology while avoiding unanticipated costs. That’s why we offer our Technology Refresh Program, which allows you to implement a cost-effective, long-term equipment strategy – even if you don’t know what technology’s coming down the line. With technology refresh, you have the ability to use the latest production equipment for a two- or three-year period. At the end of this period, you may:

    • Refresh your gear. Turn it in for the newest technology, and renew your agreement for about the same budget.

    • Keep your existing gear and extend the term, or purchase it for fair market value.

    • Return your equipment. Give back the gear and walk away with no further obligation.

I need production equipment that is not available from AbelCine. Can I still finance it through AbelCine Finance Services?

Yes, we can finance a broad range of equipment in the entertainment and communications industries. Audio gear, lighting, post-production systems, and the ancillary equipment required for your live venue or studio integration project are among the assets you can finance with us. Send us a list of equipment or quotes from other vendors/manufacturers for a current financing quote.

If you need a combination of equipment obtained through AbelCine and other suppliers, you can still finance everything on one contract.

How is sales tax handled?

AbelCine is a nationwide company that complies with all tax laws. These laws state that tax must be collected on all lease transactions. Some states provide exemptions to sales/use tax. If you qualify for these exemptions, please let us know and provide the proper tax form.

Do I need insurance?

Insurance is always required for the equipment you finance. The lender will need to be named as loss payee and additionally insured. Many lenders can include the insurance cost in your monthly payment.

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