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Businesses always struggle with the decision about whether to rent or buy capital equipment. Of course, there are some favorable tax considerations that are associated with owning business equipment that includes depreciation and amortization. However, those benefits may be outweighed by some of the favorable aspects of a forklift for rent. Businesses have many incentives to rent over purchasing.

Administrative Ease

While there are some favorable tax results from owning capital equipment, obtaining these benefits is often not an easy process. Businesses must keep detailed and meticulous records pertaining to their capital equipment in order to receive the appropriate tax credits. A monthly payment with no recordkeeping burdens beyond that may be appealing for business owners who want to avoid administrative burdens.


For businesses, a workflow is not necessarily constant or linear. Businesses may have a busy season of a few months and not be busy at other points of the year. Alternatively, because of weather, businesses may have long stretches where they cannot do any sort of construction work. When you hire a forklift for rent, you have the ability to choose which terms work best for you. For example, if you know a certain time that your business will be busy, you can enter into a short-term lease. This way, when business slows down, you will not be locked into a monthly payment on a forklift that is sitting idle. Leases can be structured to last for various different durations, making the lease itself a flexible instrument that can be tailored to meet business needs.

No Maintenance Costs

When you hire a forklift for rent, maintenance costs and obligations are someone else’s responsibility. You simply have to report the problem to the owner. Provided that the lease makes maintenance the responsibility of the owner, it will be their obligation to fix the problem. The owner will be obligated to diagnose the problem and hire the repair person to fix whatever the defect is. Moreover, while the equipment is broken, you may be entitled to some relief from having to make rental payments until it is fixed. Of course, this is all dependent on the terms of our actual lease. Owners will usually build service and maintenance costs into the rental price so one payment will cover everything. Any unexpected repairs will not have any impact on your bottom line, giving you more peace of mind.

Access to the Latest Technology

When you own an electric forklift, you are stuck with the one that you have, even if the technology has been updated since you made your purchase. When you rent a forklift, you can get a new forklift at the conclusion of the rental period if you so choose. This will allow having access to all of the latest technology and any improvements that are made since your last rental. Depending on what you choose to rent, you can always have the latest possible model available for your use. When you choose to rent a forklift, you are never stuck using obsolete technology if you do not want to do so.