One of the scams that was common at that workplace was actually buying out the car at the end of the lease (say for $15,000) and then selling it on the private market for $20,000. The lease company sold you the vehicle for whatever the list-price was given the age and kilometres but (as Calgully said) often your second-hand car was worth more than that so as a private individual you had a chance to make money tax-free and off the books; you also get another brand-new car straight away as part of your package. Either way the whole thing is geared towards consumption and rewarding over-use.Yep. I've seen that occur all the time. For many years it was Aussie made vehicles that were leased via this scheme, but not so much now that "Aussie made" is no longer a pre-requisite. One funny aspect is that many leases mandate a minimum mileage otherwise penalties would apply. I knew a few people that took a quick drive up to Ayers Rock or Queensland and back to get the miles up before the lease ran out!
The tax advantages of leasing your car for work really makes you look like a total fool if you opt to take public transport.
BTW, the director of the NGO I work for didn't want a lease car and uses public transport daily (and even between capital cities!) to set an example . She ain't no fool.