Best Practices

Be Prepared before You Rent Construction Equipment

Renting construction equipment should be straightforward and hassle free. By being prepared and knowing the equipment dealer's requirements, you can speed up the rental process and be back to work in no time.

Credit Approval and Payment

Credit approval is often required when renting construction equipment. At a minimum, most dealers will either collect the rental payment in advance, or require you to set up an account. Before deciding what equipment to rent, be sure to have an acceptable payment method ready. If you're not sure whether you have the credit necessary to receive approval, contact the rental department to see what other options are available.

Rental Equipment Delivery

In most cases, you will have to pay for delivery, so make sure you make arrangements to pick up the construction equipment that you are renting, if you can. Otherwise, provide the location and agree on a time for the equipment to arrive. Remember to take the delivery schedule into account when planning your job.

Rental Equipment Insurance

Insurance is usually required for rentals, so contact your insurance provider before going to the dealer to see what steps you need to take. If you don't have an insurance provider, contact the dealer and see if they can recommend anyone.

Contract for Rental Equipment

Review the rental contract carefully before you sign it. This document will contain important information on your responsibilities while the equipment is under your control. It may also contain any hidden fees that might not be apparent, such as cleaning, repairs and maintenance fees. If you have questions about any of the information in the rental agreement, be sure to ask before you sign it.

Damage Responsibility for Rental Equipment

Take care of the construction equipment you rent, as though it's your own. You aren't typically charged for damage due to problems with the machine or normal wear and tear, but abuse or negligence of the equipment can lead to additional fees. Excessive staining or cosmetic damage necessitating additional cleanup often incurs an additional charge. If the construction equipment is damaged while you are using it, be sure to document the damage and immediately notify your insurance carrier and the dealer.

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