The history of AMS begins with the idea of car sharing. In the meantime, we offer different mobility services.
AMS is a leasing company that cooperates with other lessors in the area of car leasing (“double-deck leasing”) in order to promote the mobility change with new leasing concepts and thus also bring about a cultural change. We advise you in questions concerning company mobility and salary conversion or motivation leasing. The contract solution we have developed for cars, bicycles, e-bikes as well as IT equipment including tablets and smartphones has significantly simplified motivation leasing for companies.
The idea of sharing cars
The story of AMS begins in 1982 in what was then West Berlin. Faced with endless columns of parked cars, two young men wondered if the number of vehicles could be reduced without limiting the mobility of users. They developed the sharing concept RentSharing for better capacity utilization – and founded the company AMS.
The concept was taken up by students at Berlin’s “Technische Universität” (TU). This resulted in the first German company for car sharing, which was, however, taken over by the Dutch company Greenwheels a few years later. AMS itself then focused on two segments:
RentSharing for company cars with open driver group
RentSharing for personal company cars
A tax law marathon
It took a long time for the idea of car sharing to gain acceptance for company cars and company cars. At the end of the 1990s, the supreme tax authorities of the federal and state governments addressed the concept of AMS for the first time. They judged the contracts that AMS concludes with employer and employee to be a uniform contractual relationship between AMS and employer for income tax purposes, although they are separate exchange of services for VAT purposes.
The RentSharing decision was reviewed by the highest tax authorities in 2019 and also confirmed for the future. A few years later, AMS also achieved a breakthrough in the recognition of electronic driver logbooks. Later, AMS participated in the discussion on bicycle leasing. In doing so, AMS pointed out unresolved tax issues and the associated risks. In the meantime, these issues have been clarified.
Good ideas are usually simple. Even if they sometimes take a little longer to catch on. This is particularly true of the AMS leasing concept. And yet: Without the willingness of the tax authorities to examine and ultimately accept new forms of vehicle leasing, we would not have achieved our goal.
We can do more than finance
AMS is a leasing company and, in accordance with the German Banking Act (KWG), counts as a financial services institution. Therefore, we are subject – just like banks and savings banks – to supervision by the Deutsche Bundesbank and the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistung-Aufsicht (BaFin).
As a leasing company, we finance vehicles and machinery of all kinds. As a mobility service provider, we offer a concept that combines various instruments – from bicycles to passenger cars. As an IT service provider, we develop the software applications ourselves. Our expertise is also valued by other market players.
In the area of fleet management, we offer our customers alternatives to the usual form of company vehicle leasing. Our solutions also include applications in the field of telematics.
We create the right concept for your requirements and show you how the cost awareness of individual drivers can be strengthened, because the users of a vehicle can significantly influence the costs of a vehicle with their behavior. As part of our consulting service, we will provide you with sample contracts and interfaces for your data processing. You can find more information here.
We also offer our solutions in cooperation with other leasing providers. We have a particularly close cooperation with LeasePlan Deutschland GmbH.
AMS regularly conducts free webinars on the topics of mobility & salary conversion.