In February 2009, television stations are switching to a digital signal and dropping their analogue services. Households who have not upgraded to HDTVs and don't have cable or satellite service will either need to get a converter box or rent or buy a digital television. HDTVs are expensive, and one way to get one is to rent it. Most of the rent-to-own stores do not require a credit check, so this is an alternative for people whose credit is not so good or for people who don't have the money to pay for one outright and don't want to put the purchase on a credit card.
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Search online or in your city's yellow pages for rent-to-own stores. Find one close to your home and write down the address and phone number and look its location up on a map if necessary.
Call the rental centre to see what kinds of HDTVs they have available and how much the rental rates are. Find out if you can rent to own, so you can apply your payments to the price of the HDTV.
Measure the space you have for the HDTV. You will need to measure the height, width and depth of the space you have for an HDTV. Write the measurements down on the paper that has the store directions and phone number.
Go to the rental centre and see the products in person to see if they have exactly what you want, making sure you have your space dimensions along with you.
Review and sign the application and contract and wait for the HDTV to be delivered.
Plug in and enjoy.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure you read all the fine print on the contract and have the store personnel explain it fully to you, so you know what you are committing to. If you want to rent to own, make sure you understand what the terms are for your eventual purchase.
- If you don't make your payments on time, you may lose your ability to rent to own under the terms of the initial contract.