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Heavy Equipment Rental Tips to Avoid the Scams

Mon, 06 Jun 2016

Tools and equipment rental has made life easier for many people. Whether it is about DIY projects or professional assignments, equipment rental can considerably lower the overhead costs and help people to accomplish their jobs quickly and efficiently.

However, just as in case of any other rental like apartment rental or car rental, a number of people are out there to con the potential customers. So you must be very careful when hiring tools and equipment, especially when hiring heavy equipment for construction work or other projects. to help you stay away from equipment rental scams and rip-offs, here are some things that you need to consider before signing the contract:

Rent in Person

There is no doubt that the World Wide Web has made our lives easier, but oftentimes it can lead to troubles. This is especially true when you are hiring or purchasing things. So it is always good to rent heavy equipment in person. It can be tempting to rent online, since it is much easier and the rates are cheaper as well. But in many cases, you may not be allowed to see the actual equipment and its condition. Oftentimes unscrupulous people will also communicate with you through third parties, so that you can’t reach them directly.

These are signs of potential scams, so work with tools and equipment rental companies who have physical existence and allow people to walk into their office to check the tools and equipment they are considering to hire.

Advanced Payments

Many equipment rental companies will ask you for huge deposits even before you decide which tool or equipment to hire. Be aware of such companies, since in case you decide not to hire from them or you don’t get approved, the money will get forfeited. Moreover, it is best to work with companies who allow you to pay using credit cards, since you can take necessary actions whenever needed. Also, avoid paying any upfront money. 

Check Agreement Thoroughly

It is also necessary that you read the agreement thoroughly before signing it, especially the fine prints since these are places which hide the extra costs. Often tools and equipment companies provide rock bottom rental rates to attract customers and them design the contract/ agreement in such a manner that it adds hundreds or even thousands of dollars extra to your rental bill. So take time to read the agreement carefully.

Find Reputable Dealers

It is always best to work with licensed and certified dealers, since you can track them in case anything goes wrong and take necessary actions against them. Most licensed and certified dealers work according to a code of conduct and adhere to strict rules, so chances are you won’t face bad situations.

While tools and equipment hire can make life easier, it can also bring in several complications. So it is necessary that you choose the right dealer and make an informed decision. By preparing well, you can accomplish your projects efficiently and make the most of the money you spend.

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