What To Do Before Buying Heavy Equipment

What To Do Before Buying Heavy Equipment

You’ve been dreading this day: buying new heavy equipment. They are expensive and finding the best one can be time consuming. If you want to save your wallet from the damage, you should look into heavy equipment auctions. They sell all the name brands for a fraction of the price. There are a few things you should do before you make the purchase. 

Look Around Before You Buy

The first thing you need to do is research and determine which brand and model will be best for you. Never go into heavy equipment auctions without knowing what you want. After you have chosen which heavy equipment is best for you, look for the prices so you are not overpaying. When you are going to an auction you can bring along a mechanic to make sure the heavy equipment is working properly. Don’t forget you  can also take it on a test drive! 

What’s your process whenever you try something new? Look them up online and compare them to other local companies. It’s the same thing with heavy equipment, you want to research more than just the the item you want. Look up the person who is selling to you, the more you know about them the more you know about how they treat their equipment. Was it regularly maintained? Or was it just used without any maintenance. Also, do not get sold on the first one you see, shop around for different prices before you make a decision. 

Safety of Equipment 

Bringing along a mechanic to heavy equipment auctions might not be ideal for you. But that does not mean you should not go. It’s similar to your car, first, look at the hoses and make sure there are not any cracks. Make sure the fluid levels are normal, if they are not that is a sign that this vehicle has not been well-maintained. You want to be sure to look into all the parts you would if you were checking out a car. 

Mannerism During Auctions 

Now that you researched and shopped around for what fits your needs, it is time to take action and make that purchase. Going to your first auction might be intimidating but the important thing to remember is why you are there. You want heavy equipment, this is not the time to socialize with the people around you. Small talk can make you miss important facts about the heavy equipment. Also, if you are talking it can slow everything down. 

You found your heavy equipment! Don’t be obnoxious, don’t go crazy and put your paddle in the air and wave it like you just don’t care. Be respectful to everyone around you, they are still on the lookout for what they want and that can be a distraction for them. Once your paddle has been raised, the auctioneer typically will point at you to let you know they see you. One other important thing, do not spend over your budget. Have a price point you want and stick with it, do not overspend! 

At Lyon Auction our goal is to make your experience easy and worthwhile. One thing that makes us unique is that all of our equipment is in the same location! This makes it easier for the buyer and seller. If you have any questions, contact us today we are here to make the most of your auction experience.


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