A chattel mortgage is a car financing option to buy a vehicle for work or business use. “Chattel” refers to movable property – in this case, the car being purchased. A chattel mortgage doesn't always have to be be for a buying a car - it could be used to buy trucks or other business equipment.
To be eligible for a chattel mortgage in Australia, the car or other vehicle being purchased will need to be used for business purposes more than 50 per cent of the time.
As well as letting business owners benefit from access to a vehicle for work, other benefits of a chattel mortgage may include some tax benefits. For example, the car can be considered a business asset, allowing you to claim the GST from the vehicle’s purchase price as an an input tax credit on your next Business Activity Statement.
You may also be able to claim the interest charges on the chattel mortgage and the vehicle's depreciation costs as tax deductions – check with the ATO and/or a tax accountant to learn more.