CARB offers lease-to-own truck financing

| March 14, 2012

The California Air Resources Board is offering lease-to-own financing designed to encourage small business owners to replace their older diesel trucks with new equipment.

The objective of the program is to encourage early compliance with CARB’s on-road diesel vehicle and tractor-trailer greenhouse gas regulations.

“This is a program that benefits small fleets and owner-operators,” said Mary Nichols, CARB chairman. “It provides them with an additional way to pay for a cleaner truck, even if their credit isn’t stellar.”

Leases, which are used widely in trucking for managing cash flow, combine the tax advantages of leasing while retaining the option to purchase the leased equipment in the future, CARB said. The agency said that is an attractive alternative for smaller owner-operators who may not meet stringent borrowing standards to comply with diesel truck and bus regulations.

Financing is available under the California Capital Access Program, which encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that might not fit their conventional underwriting standards. CalCAP insures loans made to small companies that do a majority of their business in the state.

The maximum loan amount is $5 million. Lenders set the terms and conditions of the loans and decide which loans to enroll into CalCAP. Loans can vary from short- to long-term, carry fixed or variable rates, be secured or unsecured, and bear any type of amortization schedule.

For more information, go to, call 866-634-3735 or e-mail

  • Doug

    Small owner operators cannot afford to lease a truck,pay insurance monthly, I only work approx. 3 days a week and that is not feesable, I am barley ends meet.There are many of us in this catagory. Why can’t CARB initiate smog checks 2 times a year to make sure that trucks do comply with regulations.Times are very hard for the single independent carrier. Looks like there just trying to have 3 or 4 Giant companies in America to control freight hauling, that’s where it’s heading. Independent truckers are creating a job to keep america going now there are these roadblocks that will force many out of business because of a decision from a small group of environmentalist. Please HELP the One Independent trucker.

  • Michael Cooper

    Good job Doug. I don’t know what the Governor is smocking to think the mosister known as state government can continue to live by creating insentave for the small business man to find a business friendly state.
    Maybe you should switch to moving business out of California!! strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.