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What do you do if you need to use a laptop but can’t afford one? Perhaps you only need to use it for a short period of time. Do you borrow one from a friend? Or is there a simpler option?
Fortunately there’s a solution. With the increased need to be online, tech rentals is now a viable option. You can rent anything from mobile phones to Alienware gaming PCs.
But, how simple is the renting process? Are there any particular tips to consider before renting a laptop for the first time?
4 Tips to Consider When Renting a Laptop
We live in an age where, if you can’t afford to purchase something new, you can easily rent it. Laptops are no different. There are however a few points to consider before you proceed with the rental option.
Reputable Renting Company
Although rental companies are everywhere, it’s important to do a bit of research before you make a final decision on who to trust. Have a look at social media pages, customer reviews and most importantly, speak to friends who may have used the service. If you read four reviews and three of them are negative, it may be wise to consider a different rental agent.
Terms , Conditions and Other Fine Print
A common mistake people make when they sign documents is not reading the fine print or review terms and conditions. Don’t assume everyone is honest in their business dealings just because they present you with a friendly sales face. Ask questions about liabilities, potential damage and faults you might find while using the laptop. And always obtain agreements in writing.
Inspect and Test
If you’re collecting the laptop from the rental agency, be sure to inspect and test the unit before leaving their premises. Record marks and scratches on your contract, as you might be held liable for damages at a later date. If you aren’t familiar with using a laptop, take a friend with you who will be able to check if the laptop works correctly and has the software & features agreed to.
If you’re receiving your laptop via delivery, follow the same process, but contact the rental agency immediately upon delivery if a problem is found. Ensure that you receive all agreed attachments and accessories such as the charging device or any additional cables agreed upon.
Consider Rates and Ask Questions
It’s important to not be easily swayed by “too good to be true” rates. Cheap rental prices don’t always equal agreeable quality. Don’t be so reserved that you don’t enquire. Ask as many questions as you need to be comfortable with the proposed agreement or product.
Laptop rental can be useful as a short term solution, or even in the long run. Be mindful of the rental agency, the actual product and the terms and conditions you’re agreeing to.
Taking advantage of tech rental, you’ll be able to have the benefits of using a laptop without the stress of a purchase agreement.
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