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The Benefits of Buying vs Hiring a Diesel Generator for Business

If you are considering purchasing a diesel generator as backup power supply for your business, you may be wondering whether it is better to hire or buy. There are pros and cons to both options, and the best choice for you will depend on your specific needs.

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Step 2

Tell us your requirements

Our team will discuss your requirements with you, explaining the options available to you.

Step 3

Site survey

One of our highly skilled generator engineers will visit your site to map out to take note of your power requirements, where the generator will be installed, answering any questions you may have

Step 4

Delivery, installation & commissioning

Once the order has been placed, our team will then install your generator on site. We also carry out rigorous commissioning processes to ensure that your equipment is ready to support your site.

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Hiring a Diesel Generator

There are several benefits to hiring a diesel generator. First, it is a more affordable option than buying in terms of upfront cost. You only pay for the generator when you need it, and you do not have to worry about regular maintenance or repairs.

Second, hiring a generator gives you the flexibility to scale equipment up or down as your power requirement needs change. If you only need a generator for a short period of time, you can hire one without having to commit to a long-term purchase.

Third, generator hire can help you avoid the hassle of storing and maintaining a generator. Our team at Vital Power will take care of all of that for you, from installation to removal.

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Buying a Diesel Generator

There are also several benefits to buying a standby diesel generator. First, you will have the right generator available whenever you need it, whether it’s a power cut or mains failure. You won’t have to worry about finding a rental company that has a generator available when you need it, or organising time-sensitive delivery and installation.

Secondly, you will have the option to customise your new generator to meet your specific needs. You can choose the size, power output, and features that best suit your business. At Vital Power we offer a huge range of generator types and sizes, and can advise on the ideal option for your output needs and location. For example, if you need a portable generator or a silent generator, you might find your options more limited by generator rental.

Third, you will be able to save money on fuel costs over the long run. Once you have purchased the generator, you will only have to pay for the cost of fuel.

Should you hire or buy a diesel generator?

The best way to decide whether to go for generator hire or to buy a diesel generator is to consider your specific needs. If you only need a generator for a short period of time, hiring is the most cost-effective option. If you need a standby generator for an extended period of time, buying may be the better choice for your business.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to opt for generator rental or to buy a diesel generator is up to you, however our team of experts are on hand to help in the decision making process.

Here are some additional factors to consider when making your decision:

  • The amount of power generation you need: The size of the generator you need will depend on the amount of power you need to generate. If you are only powering a few lights and appliances, a small generator may be sufficient. However, if you need to power a large business, a larger generator may be required, particularly to protect against outages.
  • The length of time you need the generator: If you only need the generator for a short period of time – such as for an event or to cover scheduled repairs – hiring may be the best option. However, if you need the generator for an extended period of time, buying will likely protect your business more and offer more flexibility.
  • The cost of ownership: The cost of ownership will vary depending on whether you choose to hire or buy a generator. When you hire a generator, you will only pay for the rental fee. However, when you buy a generator, you will have to pay for the initial purchase price, as well as the cost of maintenance and repairs.

If you are still not sure whether to hire or buy a diesel generator, please contact Vital Power. We can help you assess your needs and recommend the best option for your business.

What Our Customers Are Saying

"Your engineer was absolutely brilliant - he got the generator working again really quickly and so I have power; he was also really professional and a real asset to your company. I would recommend your company in a heartbeat. Thank you all for helping me out in a time of need. I'm very grateful."

Site Manager

"I would like to say that your company is very customer driven. To offer a service outside your normal scope to fulfil a market need is exceptional and professional. When our new generator requires a service, I will contact Vital Power again"

Maintenance Manager

"I wanted to say a big thank you for the way my generator was installed by one of your engineers. It was done extremely professional and quickly. The engineer projected a tremendous sense of enthusiasm and confidence – and his small-talk is also most interesting to hear. I was left in awe of his complete understanding of the installation requirements. He even management to iron out a difference on the auto start that the manufacturer did not tell him about. A very clean and good working in all respects, he is a tribute to your company"

Site Manager

"Everyone at Vital Power is very professional. I was really impressed with Managing Director, he worked very hard to make sure we were happy and got everything right. The engineers were superb and extremely professional when they came to inspect our cabling requirements. We couldn't be happier with the result and I couldn't fault the work at all. We're really pleased."

Site Manager (BituChem)

"Very happy with the engineer that was on site yesterday to get involved with the power switchover. All went successfully and brilliant result! Thank you."

Maintenance Manager

"Credit to Warren, he's been absolutely unbelievable. To get the generator working in the time that he has is amazing. Great work and thanks again."

Contracts Manager

"I have just received a phone call from the client in regards to the engineer’s visit yesterday. They were very impressed by him, so much so they are thinking of switching all other generators they have over to you. It’s so good to get positive feedback, thanks again for your help"

Contracts Manager

"Your engineers are great, they are keen to help and work proactively to get things done. We were also seriously impressed with Phill Walters getting an emergency hire set to us in just 2-hours from the initial phone call!"

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