Do You Need Rental Equipment Insurance?

Whether someone is looking for a party tent for an outdoor wedding, a cement mixer to lay some concrete or an aerial lift for projects where the sky is the limit, the first place many of us turn to is a rental equipment company.

No matter if your customers need light or heavy construction equipment, one-time use tools or some extra supplies to get a party going, working with an insurance company with plans exclusively designed for your unique needs is the key to keeping money in your pocket.

Choosing the Right Coverage

Obtaining the highest level of rental equipment insurance coverage at the best price should be your primary goal to maximize your profits. Covering for unforeseen events, accidents and areas of general liability will help protect your business’s bottom line.

Work closely alongside a rental equipment insurance provider to make sure you have all areas of your business covered, including:

  • General Liability
  • Property & Equipment
  • Auto Liability & Physical Damage
  • New Workers’ Compensation/Employer’s Liability
  • Excess/Umbrella Liability

Party Rentals

Party rental companies may rent both indoor and outdoor equipment, like tables, trucks, or tents. Regardless of your company’s specialty, every item you rent out should be covered by an insurance policy to keep your profits protected. Working with your rental equipment insurance company to create an equipment insurance coverage plan that suits your specific needs is prudent. Attending closely to your coverage plan with your agent assures that all your items are properly protected and you are not at risk even if something were to happen with dangerous rental equipment.

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Renting Trucks, Vans and Other Vehicles

If part of your business is to rent out trucks, vans, or other types of automobiles, then it is important to ask your insurance provider about specialty coverage for the vehicles in your care, custody and control. Insurance companies may be able to provide you with damage waivers, and occurrence forms.

Damage Waiver or Rentals Insurance

While some people may believe they can protect themselves with a damage waiver once they learn the legal facts about the difference between a waiver and rental equipment insurance most people will reconsider using a waiver. A waiver does not provide the same coverage or protection that rental equipment insurance does. A contract or damage waiver is a tool that many companies may try to use where they charge a customer an amount or percentage of the value of the equipment if it comes back damaged or is lost or stolen. Unfortunately some items can either cause so much monetary damage that a client may not be financially able to follow through on the damage waiver. Sometimes unforeseen damage can be extremely great from an item a rental company may not expect. If this situation were to occur the damage waiver can potentially be useless to the owner of the rental equipment. This type of situation would be covered with rental equipment insurance and it is a great benefit of having a good plan.

Making the Correct Decision for your Business 

If you want to effectively insure the equipment you rent out, you absolutely must find an insurance company that understands your industry top to bottom. With a 30-year focus on Rental Equipment Insurance, Allied Insurance Brokers can anticipate your needs and create a rental equipment insurance plan that addresses those specific needs. To find out more about how Allied Insurance Brokers can help your rental equipment business, call Allied Insurance today!

*Allied does not deem this blog entry as a complete and thorough listing or overview of the above topic, and does not recommend it be primarily relied on. It only highlights some common issues and resolutions. For a thorough overview, please contact Allied’s Risk Engineering Division.