Are you thinking about buying used equipment? Maybe you have already chosen the model of the machine but did you ask the right questions before purchasing it?
Just like any decision in business, there are many factors you have to consider when making sure you are getting value for your money and you are not spending it unnecessarily. When purchasing a new machine, you are sure that it is in good working condition, but that cannot be said about a used machine. You need to ask additional questions.
- Is the seller serious and reputable?
You should detect the honesty and transparency of a seller as soon as possible. You can easily end up losing your precious time or getting ripped off if you don’t do this.
The internet has made it easier for people to find the reliability of sellers. You should do more research on the profile of the company. Does the company have positive or negative reviews? What are past buyers saying about the company? Did they have any problem with the equipment? If yes, what was the response from the seller? Does the seller have good customer services? You also need to talk about guarantees when talking to the seller. Buy from Surplus.Net for peace of mind that you are dealing with a reputable company.
If you find the machine in an online marketplace, you have to see whether there is seller information. There are some platforms such as Exapro that do not display the seller’s information. How can you make sure the seller is reliable? There is an in-house multilingual agent team that is going to do this for you. This ensures that you get a quality machine. The agent is going to have a closer look so as to avoid loss of time or scam which buyers can easily be victims of.
- How old is the machine and how many operating hours does it have?
It is very important for you to read the description of the machine over and over again. If there is information not displayed or missing, contact the seller. There are some who forget toad the number of hours and age of the machine. It is important to know this information because some parts might need to be changed. The two elements will help you known more about the lifetime of the machine. Another thing you need to look is its maintenance and parts changed. You should not hesitate to ask the seller for maintenance history.
- What is included in the equipment?
You already know the type of machine you need, and it is important to ensure than the one you get doesn’t have anything missing. This is the case you but the exact model or a different one. Start by establishing the list of elements needed for the equipment. You can then focus on built-in options and other useful items like the user manual. This is going to be important for both your current and future operators.
- Can inspection be done?
Before buying a car, you always try it out first. This should be the case when buying machinery. Machinery inspection gives you the chance to know the condition of the machine before you can purchase it. The ideal way should be seeing it in person, but you can hire an expert independent inspector or a manufacturer’s representative. You can even choose to have an online inspection. The seller might be very far from you, or even in another country. If it is a good deal, the distance should not be a drag. There are many benefits you can expect from an online inspection.
- What is the operating state of the machine?
It is perfectly normal for a used machine to come with wear. There are times when an unusual thing comes out during the inspection or when talking with the seller. Are there cracks or rust on the machine that could cause problems for you later? What about additional costs? You should be very careful because signs of wear could be caused by a significant shock that resulted in the damage to the equipment.
It is a good idea to pay close attention to the maintenance of the machine: engine oil, fluid transmission, hydraulic fluid, coolant, and other fluids. If the equipment has an engine, have a look at the quality of the exhaust. If the smoke is black, it could be a sign that there is a problem with the air filters or the injectors are faulty. If it is white, it could be a problem with compression or head gasket. Blue smoke is a sign that the seal is worn out.