First of all: why would anyone rent a borescope? Why not just purchase one outright? Well, have you seen the prices for some borescopes? They can cost thousands of dollars! For many businesses, particularly smaller businesses, direct purchase of a borescope is out of the question. But there is an economical solution: borescope rental.
What should you look for in a borescope rental company?
Well, obviously cost is a major (some might say the major) consideration here. But that is not the only thing to take into consideration. For example, what types of borescope equipment are available for purchase? Some borescope rental companies provide a greater variety of different types of borescopes (rigid as well as flexible borescopes, video borescopes, accessories, etc.) than others.
Another thing to take into consideration is the quality of that companies borescope rental equipment — do they stock models that are known for their quality and durability, or cheaper knock-offs that will not give you the results you need? Does this company’s borescope rental equipment give you the best-quality viewed images? Does their borescope rental equipment operate at the highest possible image resolutions? Does their equipment give the brightest, sharpest image — at a high contrast? Don’t be “lured in” to a bad deal on the basis of rental price alone.
Another thing you should take into consideration is whether your quoted rental price includes necessary accessories. For example, if you are renting a hot-light borescope, and you break a bulb, will they supply a replacement? If they do, will you have to pay for it — or will it be included in your borescope rental fee?
Of course, when you order your borescope, your rental fee should normally include a light source, if one is used with your model. But if you will need a camera control unit or video monitor, ask if these items will be included with the borescope rental, or will you have to pay extra for them.
Another area where you will need to make inquiries is what will happen in case your rented borescope needs repair or servicing. If you have rented your borescope from a firm that is located a far distance away from you, it will need to be shipped to them for repair. In this case, will you have to pay the shipping — or will the borescope rental company pay the shipping? What about when your rental period is over — when the borescope must be returned, will it have to be shipped? Who will pay this charge?
Of course, it is always necessary in business to rely on a detailed, printed contract. Your rental agreement (contract) should specify all of the charges that will be applicable, and should also clearly indicate the beginning and ending dates of your borescope rental period. In general, charges for borescope rentals will depend upon the kind of equipment you are renting, as well as the length of time you will need it. You will also need to find out what types of payments will be accepted by your borescope rental firm — will they accept a credit card, personal check, company check? Will they require payment in US dollars, or are checks drawn on funds located in foreign banks acceptable?