How To Hire

Smiths Hire endeavour to make the experience of hiring and using equipment as simple and straightforward as possible. Should you wish to apply for a Business Trade Account, simply click on the credit account application form below, fill it in, read and agree to our terms and conditions and we will do the rest.

How to hire from Smiths Hire

Our General Terms and Conditions of Hire:

Equipment is hired only on the Terms & Conditions printed on the reverse of the customer copy of the contract / delivery note. This is in accordance with the Hire Association Europe’s “Conditions For Hire and Sale of Products” which can be displayed or download from the links at the bottom of the page. This page acts as a guide on how to hire equipment from Smiths Hire.

Copies of the conditions are displayed at every Smiths Hire It Centre and for viewing below:

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Basis of Charging and the Hire Period

  • First Day – 24 hours inclusive from actual equipment taken/delivered;
  • Second Day – 48 hours inclusive from actual time;
  • Weekend – Period of four days from Friday PM to the following Monday AM;
  • One Week – Seven days;
  • After one week hire a daily charge of one fifth (1/5th) of the week rate is charged;
  • Equipment fitted with an hour meter is hired on a five day – 40 hour week – basis;
  • Extra hours are charged at 1/40th of the weekly hire charge per hour;
  • A minimum hire period of one week applies to equipment with only a weekly price shown.

Quick and Easy Credit Account Application

We will be pleased to open a monthly trading account on request subject to satisfactory references being received and other stringent credit checks being completed.

Using the link below, please print off the account application form, complete it and then scan it and then email  a completed copy to the Head Office email address at the bottom of the page.

FAST TURNAROUND: Credit accounts can be opened within 24 hours of application receipt. Should you need any further information please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call 0333 323 2100

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Value Added Tax

All prices are subject to value added tax (VAT) at the appropriate rate as determined by the HM Revenue & Customs office.

Deposits & Identification

For non-account customers a deposit may be required before hire. We will also ask for two forms of identification from unknown customers. Both forms of ID should carry the hirers name and address.

Reservation of Equipment

Equipment can be reserved by calling our Central Hire Team Directly on 0333 323 2100, visiting one of our branches across the North West or by using our online Hire Cart system.

Delivery Service

We offer an efficient vehicle delivery and collection service for our equipment, which includes Guaranteed next day, and Same Day if you’re in fix and next additional help. Delivery comes with  a nominal charge, dependent on distance.

Accepted forms of ID

  • Driving License Photocard/Counterpart
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank/Building Society Statement

Unaccepted forms of ID

  • Passport
  • Receipts
  • Company bills
  • Letter head paper
  • Credit cards/credit card statements

Off-Hire

All requests for off-hire must be made directly to the depot and not to a Smiths Equipment Hire Ltd sales representative. A unique, random off hire number will be issued for every request directly from our hire system and logged against the hire contract. The off hire number only confirms the request to off hire and cease of hire charges it is not an end to the customer’s responsibility. Only a signed off hire note confirms this.

Damage & Cleaning

We accept fair wear and tear willingly, but damage or loss caused by negligence or total loss by theft or misplacement will be charged to the hirer. A cleaning charge will be made if equipment is returned in a overly dirty condition.

Smiths Hire Protect – Damage and Loss Waiver

We are in a position to offer comprehensive cover for equipment in your possession whilst on hire. For a small percentage of the net hire charges you are comprehensively covered against loss or damage anywhere in the United Kingdom from the moment you take possession of the equipment to the moment it is handed back and a receipt is signed. Some restrictions apply, please click here for full details.