Rims and Other Weird Things You Can Rent

March 9, 2011  |  

(Daily Finance) — The U.S. economy may be starting to show signs of life, but that’s not stopping many people from begging, borrowing and stealing to make sure their cash goes a little further. And while some the largest U.S. banks and Bernard Madoff might have cornered the market on the “begging” and “stealing” parts, respectively, consumers have an ever-widening array of methods for handling of the “borrowing” part, and with far more pride and less public scrutiny.  With that in mind, here’s are a few unusual items people can save money on by renting instead of buying.

Loan Riders: Car Rims.  The license plate frame on your car may say “Don’t laugh, it’s paid for,” but that doesn’t mean its bling has to be. Whether you’re pimping the ride or tricking the truck, dozens of stores across the U.S. let customers rent car rims. For as little as $20 a week for a set of 20-inch rims, customers can start rent-to-own programs at chains such as EZ Rims 4 Rent, which has a half-dozen stores in California and Nevada, and RimTyme, which operates primarily out of the Southeast. Both companies offer the option of returning the rims and canceling the rental agreement if your financial situation — or mind — changes.

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