Have you ever bought or sold heavy machinery at an auction? Finding the perfect deal or heavy machinery is a great feeling, but do not forget the middle step, transportation! There are four steps to help to make the shipping process easier. In this blog, we will discuss what to do when you are planning to ship heavy machinery for sale.
Moving heavy equipment is not an easy task, you need experience and expertise because of their weight and size. When you are transporting heavy machinery for sale you will set up a date and time with a transporter. One question to ask them is how you can get your heavy equipment ready. The most common thing you will hear is to bubble wrap your fragile parts and to zip-tie the doors shut.
The first thing you should do is check the manual. If you no longer have the manual, look for it online! The manual is a great place to learn all the steps you need to do before transporting it. For example; it may tell you to remove batteries, drain energy fluids or make sure to tighten loose parts.
The second tip is to acquire any permits that are needed. 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 be sure to research a route that will make it easy to transport your equipment. Talk to your transporter about permits and road complications to avoid being delayed.
The third tip is to make sure that the parts over your heavy machinery for sale are covered. This is year-around, during the winter cold weather may cause harm and during the spring/summer the heat may also be harmful.
Last but not least, the fourth tip is to be prepared. Every auction is different so be sure to read the details before making any plans.
Budgeting for an auction
Planning to buy heavy machinery for sale is never cheap. You should create a budget, find how much you want to spend on the machinery and have money left over for the transport cost. The largest equipment you can have on the road is less than 102” or 8’6” wide. If your heavy machinery is larger than this you have an oversized load which means there will be more costs.
If this is your first auction, be ready to have some fun! Since this is the first one you are attending remember to register with the auction company! Another tip is to arrive early to ensure that the machine you want is in good condition.