When renting your automobile, truck or motorcycle, there are many questions and considerations. Here we will try to answer some, it’s called the do’s and don’ts.
Do make sure the production company has insurance for the picture (we will not work with any production company that doesn’t have proper insurance.)
Don’t rent your vehicle if it is the only one in the world, and cannot by any means have a scratch, dent or get dirty. If it’s more important to you than your wife or girlfriend. The production companies and individuals have been very good to us and our renters in the past at paying for any damages. Some film equipment may be used, more than others and sometimes accidents happen, (have a good record of your vehicle with photo’s in and out, before the vehicle is sent out) scripts can be changed. It is our intention to know what kind of use the vehicle will have and this is not to change without the consent of the owner. We have had less trouble with the production companies paying for damages than "someone trying to hose the production company."
Do make sure you have a contract with the company or individual you are doing business with, most of these are one page contracts covering the agreed upon terms.
Don’t rent your vehicle if you are trying to rebuild it at the expense of others (this can happen, but as a rule, it is with the approval of the individual or production company.) The average is usually around $150 per day.
Do rent your vehicle if you want to make some good money (this is one of the most asked questions.) This is always up for negotiations, vehicles can be rented by the day, week, month or months, the price has to do with the need for the vehicle, rarity, time needed, rent vs. buying, it can anywhere from $25 a day for long term, low end equipment to $$$ big bucks for some vehicles. The best thing to keep in mind is that our company and the production companies or individuals have done this many times and will pay a fair market price for the use of your vehicle.
Let’s face it, if you have a rare vehicle that is needed, you should be paid top dollar for the use of it. It has been our experience that not many have the market cornered on any vehicle. Use common sense when pricing your vehicle.
Keep in mind this is a fast paced business, and our policy has been to tell our suppliers when negotiations are at an end and that contract needs to be signed. Don’t wish you had done it.
Don’t rent the vehicle if it is not yours or you if it is not yours or you do not have written permission to do so.
Do rent if you have the time to assist with your vehicle on locations and like to have some fun (This can be a blast if your favorite actor/actress/model is on the set, but it can get a little boring, and if your contract is for the vehicle only, you don’t have to be there.)
Don’t pass up this fun and money making opportunity!