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LONG - TERM HIRE OF SHOWCASES

INTRODUCTION

This information is designed to give you an overview of our long-term hire programmes and to answer the most common questions.  For all our Long Term Hire rates etc. please click RATES
Exact terms and conditions will be incorporated in the hire agreement, this document gives a brief outline summary.

Our long-term hire scheme is designed to meet two differing customer requirements:

Scheme 'A' provides a means of spreading the cost of acquisition over a period of time to the benefit of cash flow but still retaining enough flexibility to cope with changing plans and circumstances.

Scheme 'B' provides an economical hire rate for customers who have a long-term need but no plans to purchase the cabinets at any time.  Again we allow for plans to change.

Flexibility is the keynote, we know that your plans and circumstances can change when you are looking one or two years ahead, so we have built into our schemes the flexibility to cope with this.  We start with agreed minimum hire periods, rates and quantities.  You can change hire periods and quantities at almost any time.  As a general rule and within certain limits, if you increase quantities or hire periods, rates come down and vice versa.

HOW MANY CABINETS CAN I HIRE?

There is normally a minimum order of two cabinets.  There is no maximum but all hires are subject to appropriate credit worthiness.

HOW LONG A PERIOD CAN I HIRE FOR?

The minimum period is normally one year and the maximum initial period is two years.  This can be extended up to a maximum of 4 or 5 years depending on model selected.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE HIRE PERIOD?

Provided all hire charges have been paid up to date you will have a number of options to choose from, you can always terminate the hire with no further hire charges, or extend the hire for another year up to the maximum for that model.  You can buy some or all of the cabinets.  Scheme 'A' offers attractive purchase options and the ability to extend the hire on a month by month basis at the old hire rate.

CAN I RETURN CABINETS BEFORE THE END OF THE AGREED HIRE PERIOD?

Yes.  The time you have had the cabinets on hire will be charged at the rate appropriate to that period which will be more than the rate for the full period.  Of course you will never be charged more than the full contract price that you would have paid had you kept the cabinets for the originally agreed period.

HOW DO I PAY FOR THE HIRE?

In all cases there is an initial charge to cover delivery and the first 14 days hire.  This charge plus the balance of hire charges to make up the initial period must be paid prior to delivery.  Most customers pay by cheque or credit card.  All subsequent payments must be made by bankers' order either one month or one quarter in advance.

WHAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE HIRE CHARGES?

As well as the use of the cabinet, our charges include delivery (subject to location & access), the maintenance of the cabinet including any statutory safety checks but excluding cleaning, except on delivery the replacement of consumable items like lamps, and any damage beyond fair wear and tear.

WHAT WILL I BE RESPONSIBLE FOR?

Apart from paying the hire charges you must insure the cabinets against all risks, as you are wholly responsible for their safekeeping.  Use the cabinets in a proper manner, and replace lamps and fuses.

ARE THERE MANY TERMS AND CONDITIONS?

We try and keep the 'small print' to a minimum consistent with protecting and informing both parties.  We like to know where our cabinets are and to be able to gain access to them when reasonably required.  We are not too keen on you selling, renting out or using our cabinets as collateral for a loan but this does not prevent the proprietor of an antiques centre renting the cabinets to his tenants.

WHAT IS FAIR WEAR AND TEAR?

Unless you buy the cabinets, we expect you to return them to us in the same state as when they were first supplied to you, fair wear and tear excepted.  This means that the cabinets must be complete and undamaged.  Although we would accept quite extensive scratching to shelves; extensive scratching to other glass and frames, any broken parts, including glass would not be considered fair wear and tear.  Obviously the length of time that you have had a cabinet is also a factor.

CABINETS AVAILABLE FOR LONG TERM HIRE:

MODEL NO

CABINET DESCRIPTION

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ST0100

Large Upright Aluminium Cabinet

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ST0711

Sleek Upright Aluminium Cabinet

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ST0081

Small Upright Aluminium Cabinet

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AD

Small Upright Cabinet

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AN

Counter Cabinet

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AT2

Standard Table Cabinet

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AC

Large Upright Cabinet

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AT1

Large Table Cabinet

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