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August 26, 2011

Why Rent vs. Buy?

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Renting equipment offers the most efficient, cost-effective solution to completing every task. Renting offers you the widest variety of equipment for added job versatility without the added headaches associated with the by-products of ownership, including the cost of:

• Warranties

• Insurance

• Regular maintenance and repairs

• Storage

• Transportation

 

Renting not only helps to reduce costs, it also allows you to take advantage of the expertise of staffed professionals that will:

• Assess and secure the right equipment for the job

• Offer a wide-variety of specialized and modern equipment

 

Transfer the Burden of Ownership

Owning a piece of equipment requires a capital investment to cover the costs mentioned above. Ownership also requires consistent utilization of the equipment to justify the associated costs. Typically, equipment must be used a minimum of 900 hours per year to justify ownership. Owning the equipment will require additional costs for a maintenance shop, maintenance staff, training, fuel, etc. Renting keeps the burden of buying, maintaining and selling the equipment on the rental center. National rental companies make significant annual investments in the newest, most advanced equipment on the market. They also invest in maintenance staff to keep all equipment in top condition. When you rent, you can take advantage of these investments and not bear the burden of ownership.

Flexibility

Renting gives you the flexibility to take on a wide variety of jobs and projects that may require equipment that you don’t have the capital to purchase. From seasonal jobs to large projects requiring specialized equipment, you’ll have the equipment you need, when and where you need it. This access to equipment will save you time and money, and make your job easier.

Knowledge and Training

Having the most up-to-date equipment is one challenge, but knowing how to use it can be an even greater hurdle. Rental companies are staffed with professionals that will provide advice and training on the general tools and equipment available for rent. In addition, some rental companies offer groups that have experience with specialized equipment applications, such as scaffold services, aerial specialists, pump and power services and more.

The Better Option

Finding the right equipment is only a part of the solution when it comes to completing a project successfully. Selecting the appropriate means of acquiring equipment is a critical element of the process. Rental companies help customers evaluate equipment decisions and select the right item for the job, provide training on the use of the equipment, transport equipment and service it in the event of a breakdown.

With the industry’s broadest line of rental equipment, Sunbelt Rentals is committed to providing the equipment you need, on time, serviced and ready to do the job at hand. For more information, visit www.sunbeltrentals.com.

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