Tips for First-Time Equipment Rental

Many companies turn to renting for a convenient, flexible, cost-effective construction equipment solution. A rental can fill an immediate need without you making a long-term commitment. When you rent, you'll avoid costs like storage, maintenance, depreciation and insurance — and renting is ideal when you only need equipment on a temporary or seasonal basis.

If you're new to renting equipment, you probably have questions about how the process works and what to expect when you call the rental company. Here at The Cat® Rental Store, we understand that renting heavy equipment can be confusing. We've assembled the following construction equipment rental tips to make it easier — and help you avoid costly mistakes.

What to Know for Construction Equipment Rental

If you have the right information, you'll rent the right equipment. Know:

  • What you need: The last thing you want is to spend money on a rental and get it to your job site — only to discover that it's not suited for the task. Do some preliminary research to determine the exact machine your job requires as well as the correct size. If you work with a reputable provider like The Cat Rental Store, you'll have access to expert product selection advice you can trust.
  • When and for how long you'll need it: Unless you're renting at the last minute to replace a broken-down machine, it always pays to plan. Creating a realistic schedule will help you determine the best time frame for your rental agreement. Pick the equipment up or have it delivered to your site the day before you need it so that it's there and ready to go first thing in the morning.
  • All the costs and fees upfront: A rental company that offers the lowest rate isn't always the best option. Some providers include hidden fees that drive up the final price. Scrutinize the rental agreement before signing on the dotted line to make sure you know what you're getting for your money.
  • What additional services the rental company provides: Available services such as maintenance and repairs vary between rental providers. Find out which services you'll get — and how much they'll cost.
  • How to use the equipment properly: If you're a first-time renter, there's a good chance that you or your operators will be unfamiliar with the machine. Getting trained on how to operate the equipment correctly and safely can maximize productivity and minimize the risk of job site accidents and injuries.
  • When you must return the equipment: Make sure you bring the rental back when it's due. Why pay for an extra day or late fees for a machine you're no longer using?

Contact The Cat® Rental Store for All Your Equipment Rental Needs

The Cat Rental Store carries a wide selection of construction machines at competitive rates. With our commitment to service, you can count on us for reliable guidance to maximize your rental experience.

Browse our equipment lineup and rent what you need from trustworthy professionals who do whatever it takes. Give us a call at 1-800-RENT-CAT for more useful construction equipment rental tips or to get the process started, and contact us online for a quick quote.

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