Getting Heavy Machinery Home After an Auction

Getting Heavy Machinery Home After an Auction

Heavy equipment auctions are a great way anyone can save money by purchasing used equipment. However, it can be challenging to find a way to get that equipment back home, especially if the auction is in a different state. 

During our upcoming Florida construction auction, there will be many in attendance from all over the country to find the right piece of equipment for them and their company. Before leaving for the event, it’s important that you have a set plan on how you will be bringing the equipment home safely with you. Here everything you need to know when transporting your purchased equipment back home. 

Plan in advance

Before you attend an auction, narrow down your choices so you know what exactly you need to bring the equipment you buy home. Make sure you know how big each piece of equipment is, how much it weighs, and be sure before you purchase it that you will be able to get it home. Then you need to figure out what you need in order to haul the equipment. Will a trailer work? Do you need a U-Haul? Or even a large truck? These are questions you should ask yourself before leaving for the auction! 

Acquire any permits

Another thing that is very important to do is to acquire any permits needed to own, operate, and transport the machinery that you are purchasing. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has guidelines for transporting heavy equipment. Any loads that are either oversized or overweight will need a special permit. Depending on the weight, height, and size of your equipment, it may not be able to travel on bridges or certain roads. So, it’s important to research which route will make it easier to transport your equipment. Talk to your transporter about permits, and be aware of road complications so you can avoid any delays. 

Check the manual

Another thing that is very important to do before transporting your heavy equipment is to look at the manual of the equipment. If you do not have the physical manual, you can access one online! The manual is a great place to learn all the steps you need to take when transporting your equipment, such as removing batteries, draining energy fluids, or tightening certain parts. 

Cover valuable parts

Lastly, it’s very important to cover any valuable parts. More than likely you will be hauling your equipment in the open air, exposing it to all kinds of elements. Cover and prepare parts of your equipment that are vulnerable to rain, wind, and cold temperatures. 

As we continue through the new year, our Florida construction auction in Kissimmee, FL will be here before we know it! If you are traveling from out of state, be sure that you are well prepared and know everything that needs to be done when transporting your purchased heavy equipment!

At Lyon Auction, we offer heavy machinery auctions all across the country. Our upcoming Florida construction auction will be one of our biggest of the year! Visit this link to learn more about what equipment will be present at this upcoming auction, as well as all the details about the event! Hope to see you there! 


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