Buying heavy equipment is a needed purchase, but something that can put a real dent in your annual budget. Buying used equipment is a surefire way to help cut some of the cost, but as with buying anything used, there are things to know; things that can save you time and money instead of giving you trouble and headaches. Read on to find out our advice on buying used heavy equipment.

1. The Seller.
Obviously knowing who is selling the equipment can tell you a lot about the state of the equipment. Asking to see the inspection reports, and any maintenance records is going to help you decide, as well as good old word of mouth. A seller with a bad reputation is one to stay away from.

2. Warranty.
A machine that’s still under warranty is a huge advantage. While you may pay more than you would for one without, the peace of mind you gain by knowing your investment is protected is worth it.

3. Brand.
Brand name and recognition go a long way in the heavy equipment world. Having a machine that’s reputable for durability and reliability will make your job sites safer, and your life easier.

4. Test.
As a heavy equipment operator, you know how a machine should feel when you’re behind the controls. The feel of a machine is very important to its day-to-day usage. If you have a seller that isn’t willing to offer a test drive, it’s time to walk away.

5. Parts.
Ask the seller if the machine has any new parts. This can be a positive, as it can extend the life of the equipment. That being said, if the new parts were installed due to an accident, it’s probably best to pass.

Remember: Buying used heavy equipment can be an absolute benefit, especially when it comes to your bottom line, but be sure you get your money’s worth when you buy.

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