Frequently Asked Questions

When you're starting or growing a hospitality business, there's a lot to think about. We're here to make the equipment and finance part of the equation easier, so you can focus your efforts elsewhere. Here are some of the things our customers ask us.

About SilverChef

Is SilverChef a New Zealand business?

SilverChef was founded in Australia 30 years ago and is now a global business with offices in New Zealand and Canada as well as Australia. Our New Zealand head office is in Auckland together with our warehouse.

SilverChef has proudly invested $1.5bn in the hospitality industry globally and we're committed to supporting the success of our customers worldwide. During COVID-19, SilverChef is one of the only financiers who remained committed, and even deepened our support for the hospitality industry.


Does SilverChef has a corporate social responsibility program?

SilverChef is a proud Certified B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.


About Finance

What are the benefits of renting or leasing equipment?

Renting or leasing your commercial kitchen equipment can be a good alternative to buying. Firstly, there are a lot of costs involved in setting up and running a hospitality business, so choosing to rent or lease your commercial kitchen equipment can leave you more money for running your business and other expenses.

Secondly, there may be tax benefits to renting or leasing kitchen equipment – it’s important you discuss these with a qualified tax advisor before making any decisions.

Finally, with SilverChef’s Rent-Try-Buy® you get additional flexibility over typical financing options. You can decide to upgrade your equipment in the first 12 months if you need something bigger and better (in the same equipment category e.g. upgrade rented fridge to a bigger fridge); you can also decide to purchase it and get a rebate on your payments up to 12 months.

At the end of your 12-month contract, you can decide whether to keep renting your commercial kitchen equipment or return. Please note that if you continue renting your equipment after the end of your 12-month term, and later decide to buy, the rental rebate is lower. Also, if you return your equipment, you are responsible for cleaning and shipping costs.


What is the difference between leasing and renting commercial kitchen equipment?

Typically, the difference between leasing and renting has to do with the length of term – with the length of a lease typically being longer. SilverChef offers a rental product – Rent-Try-Buy, and a finance lease product – Lease-to-Keep®. They are different in several important ways.

With Rent-Try-Buy, you rent your commercial kitchen equipment and make weekly rental payments for a 12-month term, while retaining the option to purchase your equipment or upgrade it during the term. At the end of the 12-month rental term, you have the additional options to return; or continue renting and get a discount on your weekly payments when you sign up for another term.

With Lease-to-Keep you must be financing a minimum amount of $10,000 and been trading for at least 12 months. You sign up for a four- or five-year term, you make monthly lease payments, and at the end of the term you own the commercial kitchen equipment (providing the last payment has been made and you are not in breach of the agreement). It's that simple!


If I finance equipment with Rent-Try-Buy, who is responsible for servicing during the 12 months agreement?

Servicing is an optional maintenance cost, and the responsibility of the customer. For example, in some areas, coffee machines need to have their boilers serviced every 6 -12 months to remove water scale.

When you finance through SilverChef you need to make sure you follow the manufacturer's recommended servicing schedule as, if the equipment breaks down, SilverChef is not responsible for repairing or replacing it – this is a matter for the manufacturer and you may be covered by their warranty (but typically not if you haven't followed their recommended service schedule).


Is there a cost if I return equipment to SilverChef at the end of my Rent-Try-Buy term?

If you want to return your commercial kitchen equipment after your 12-month term, first remember that you need to give us four weeks' notice. You will also need to cover the cost of shipping the commercial kitchen equipment back to us. You can use our freight company or your own.

This is just like renting a house, it needs to be fit for the next person; so the equipment will need to be properly cleaned, then tagged and tested so it can go back on the market.

If you return your commercial kitchen equipment before the end of your 12-month rental agreement you will also be liable for any rent payments up to the full 12-month period.


If I decide to purchase my equipment during my Rent-Try-Buy term, how is the payout quote calculated?

With Rent-Try-Buy you have the option to purchase your equipment at any time during, or at the end of the 12-month term. Remember that you are renting the equipment for the first 12 months, so this is not an arrangement where the payments you make are working towards ownership of the commercial kitchen equipment. However, as a bonus for our customers, we do currently offer a 50% gross rental rebate during the 12 months – our friendly customer success team can work out your payout quote (including the rebate if eligible) when you contact them on 0800 453 010.

It's important that you make a choice at the end of your 12-month term about the next stage. You can opt to continue renting your equipment, and you may be eligible for a discount on your rental payments if you sign up for an additional term – however, you should note that the 50% gross rental rebate is only payable during and at the end of the first 12 months.


About Certified Used

Where does Certified Used equipment come from?

The commercial kitchen equipment in our warehouse comes from SilverChef customers who have upgraded equipment or returned it. We do not stock used commercial kitchen equipment that has not been previously financed by us.


How thorough is the cleaning and repair process for Certified Used kitchen equipment?

SilverChef is one of New Zealand’s biggest resellers of used hospitality equipment. We have a large team of qualified tradespeople at our warehouse who manage the preparation of used commercial kitchen equipment for sale.

All our used kitchen equipment is professionally repaired, cleaned and polished, and any damaged or worn parts are replaced and run-tested, including electrical test and tag. Then there is a final check by a quality assurance officer before it's ready to ship.


Can I finance Certified Used equipment using SilverChef's Rent-Try-Buy or Lease-to-Keep, just like with new equipment?

Yes, Rent-Try-Buy and Lease-to-Keep are available for all Certified Used equipment. If you opt for Rent-Try-Buy, at the end of the 12-month contract, you have a number of options. You can purchase the used commercial kitchen equipment, continue to rent for maximum flexibility, or return the equipment if it no longer suits your needs.


If I have Certified Used equipment on Rent-Try-Buy finance, can I still return or upgrade it?

Yes, you get all the same flexible options of Rent-Try-Buy when you use it to finance Certified Used kitchen equipment. This is useful if you find a piece of equipment is not large enough to meet demand (e.g. a coffee machine or fryer), or your style of food has changed.


Why is some Certified Used equipment nearly the same price as new commercial kitchen equipment?

Commercial kitchen equipment is much more robust than domestic appliances and built to last. Used commercial kitchen equipment that’s in very good condition is traditionally more expensive than what you find on second-hand equipment websites – those items have usually not been cleaned, repaired or refurbished, and do not have a guarantee. We pride ourselves on Certified Used commercial kitchen equipment having been completely refurbished, so it has the appearance and reliability of new.


How much does it cost to ship my chosen Certified Used kitchen equipment?

Shipping costs are worked out on equipment size, weight and distance. The website will give you a quote for the equipment once you put it into the shopping cart and give the destination address.


Can I organise my own shipping when I purchase Certified Used equipment?

You are welcome to organise your own shipping or collect your Certified Used kitchen equipment from the SilverChef warehouse in Auckland. Make sure that the carrier is experienced with commercial kitchen equipment of the size, weight and type that you have ordered.


Is all the Certified Used equipment on your website in stock?

If commercial kitchen equipment is on our website, that means it is in stock and ready for purchase or rental. Please order as soon as you choose an item, as we do not hold our used commercial kitchen equipment if payment has not been received.


Can I see the Certified Used commercial kitchen equipment in person?

We have the equipment visible on our web site. Let us know what you require and we will check stock and provide a quote with images. You are welcome to see the equipment if you book in a time at the warehouse where it is held (subject to COVID-19 safety restrictions). For safety and security reasons, this usually needs 48 hours' notice.


If I return Certified Used equipment, how is the cleaning cost worked out?

The cleaning and servicing costs are determined by the equipment’s condition when it is returned. Each item is rated from 1-5, and you can save on cleaning and servicing costs if you return the equipment in excellent condition. Here’s how we assess it:

  • Excellent Condition - no internal or external cleaning required, and needs safety checks only
  • Good Condition - basic clean and/or basic manufacturer maintenance and incidentals required only
  • Average Condition - full clean and/or full servicing and parts required
  • Poor Condition - extensive cleaning and/or major servicing, parts and accessories required
  • Very Poor Condition - extensive cleaning and/or major service and repair work required.

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