Top Tips for Camera Shopping

Make sure you get the service you need with your next CCTV equipment purchase.
Top Tips for Camera Shopping
Your customers want fast, effective service when they have a plumbing problem, and you should demand the same from your inspection camera manufacturer. Make sure the service options meet your needs before you buy your next camera.

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Shopping for new CCTV inspection equipment can be overwhelming. With so many equipment manufacturers and so many camera options, narrowing down the search to just one can be a challenge. 

Keep in mind that manufacturers have salespeople who will come out and demonstrate their equipment. They will explain the features and benefits of the equipment. But at the end of the day, the choice can still be confusing because each brand offers a range of options.

The right inspection camera for the plumbing company down the street may not be the right choice for your business. It’s important to identify what you need and to understand how inspection equipment differs among manufacturers. 

Long-term relationship
The major difference among manufacturers, and in my opinion the most important, is the service they provide. Buying an inspection camera isn’t like buying a car. There are hundreds of places you can take a vehicle to be repaired. And contact with the car manufacturer normally ceases once you drive it off the lot. 

This is not the case with inspection equipment. You enter into a long-term relationship with the manufacturer, and in most cases the distributor, too. Equipment will break down whether it’s new or old, and it needs regular service. You are operating sensitive — and expensive — electronic equipment that is being introduced into a very hostile environment. In addition, you entrust equipment to employees who may not treat it as carefully as they should. 

Service comes first
Service is a crucial part of the purchasing process. When it comes to service, make sure to ask the right questions before buying inspection equipment. 

Service options are usually limited to manufacturers and distributors. Your relationship with them can dictate the success or failure of your pipeline inspection program.

Ask the manufacturer or distributor these questions:
Where is the repair facility located?
What repairs can the local distributor make? At what point does equipment need to be shipped to the manufacturer?
What is the expected turnaround time for repairs?
If the repair is going to take awhile, are loaners available so crews can keep working? 

Waiting a week or more for equipment to be returned after it’s shipped across the country for a repair is unacceptable. You need a quick turnaround time to get your crews back to work. You should be assured that equipment will be serviced as quickly and efficiently as possible with minimal downtime. 

The above questions should be answered before purchasing any equipment. Once you own it, the service options are limited. Make sure the service agreement you are entering into is acceptable and agreed to in writing. 


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