We get a lot of calls here at ConEquip Parts from people in desperate need of parts to fix their excavators, bulldozers, wheel loaders, skid steers or other machines. Often, while the machine is down, the company has to rent a machine to get the job going. Renting a machine can get expensive quickly. In other cases, contractors opt to rent machines rather than buy them outright. Whether you are renting a machine to pick up the slack from a machine that is down or if you are renting as part of your operation, there are some important things you should be before you contract a machine out for your jobsite.
First, you need to be sure to find the right company to rent from. A great place to start is www.rentalhq.com, this is an online rental locator. Here you can find rental companies in your area.
The rental company you choose should have a professional willing and able to help you make the right decision based on your needs.
A good equipment rental company should check its inventory regularly to make sure the older models have the newest safety features, emissions controls and better fuel economy that meet new governmental requirements.
Be prepared with the following questions to ask the rental company representative.
- What is your maintenance schedule for equipment?
- What is your response time if the equipment isn't working?
- What are your pickup and delivery times?
- What are your hours? Is someone always available after hours if there is a problem?
- What training do you provide?
- What are your rates?
- Are there any additional fees?
- What are your billing policies?
- What are your policies for returns?
Once you find a rental company you trust, you’ll have a partner to meet your heavy equipment needs.