So you’re in need of a new construction equipment to add to your current fleet; a bulldozer, an excavator, or a front loader perhaps?
For most construction companies, buying brand-new equipment is not always the most logical solution to expanding an existing fleet. Buying brand-new may seem the most ideal and the safest option, but it’s not necessarily the most practical, especially for some freelance contractors and small construction businesses.
So, the question now becomes “how do you make sure that your company doesn’t get duped or end up paying more than the equipment is actually worth if you’re going the previously owned route?” If you decide to purchase used machinery, there are certain details you need to figure out first.
It’s only natural to try and learn more about the seller and the equipment itself before you hand over that check, don’t you agree? So here are a few things you may want to ask before buying a loader for sale Philippines or any other used construction equipment you might need:
Important Details You Need to Figure Out before Making That Hefty Purchase
- Has the dealer ever sold any kind of used equipment in the past under a different name?
You might be asking yourself this very moment, why is this important? The question you should be asking yourself is: why would a dealership be selling equipment under different names?
You need to realize that there must be a serious reason why a particular dealership is forced to change its name, and that certain companies are actually operating under their fourth or even fifth company name. This should be reason enough for you to start looking the other way and start searching for other, more reputable dealers.
- Do you sense willingness from the dealer to provide several references and contact information?
Any reputable dealership should be more than willing to provide at least a handful of references and contact information, because they stand by their service record and they have nothing to hide. A dodgy seller, on the other hand, would probably hesitate to give away any contact information of previous customers, because they are fully aware of how that conversation is going to play out.
- Does the seller have a certified mechanic and electrician that handle all equipment inspection?
All reputable dealers and sellers should have an in-house mechanic and technician that have ample experience with the equipment they are trying to sell. This shows you, the buyer, that the dealer really is making sure that the equipment on sale is in good working condition before it is delivered to the customer.
Although as a buyer, you should also make sure to inspect the equipment in person and have your own certified mechanic to go and check it out for any potential problems. It’s just the prudent thing to do, especially when it comes to huge purchases. Even as a second-hand piece of equipment, these machines tend to be rather expensive. You can’t just throw caution to the wind and hope for the best.
- Does the dealership have a return policy?
When buying heavy equipment, especially when it comes to previously owned or used machinery, you should always inquire about the dealer’s return policy. This way, if you encounter unforeseen problems with the equipment upon delivery, you can have it returned or replaced with a more suitable machine in better working condition.
- What is the dealer’s policy on warranties?
Buying digital devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers typically entails a warranty. As consumers, we’ve come to expect such an agreement from the seller or the service provider. When it comes to huge purchases, like construction equipment, we should expect nothing less.
So regardless of whether you’re buying brand-new or used equipment, you should always be mindful of the warranty policy and ask, or probably demand, for it from the dealer.
- How long has the dealer been in business?
When it comes to business and companies in particular, there are two crucial elements that potential customers should consider; reputation and experience. Reputation has to be earned, but in order to earn it, you need to have experience.
That said; a business or a dealership that has been in operation for several years, or even decades, certainly has a level of authority in the industry it operates in. And that is the kind of company you should be looking for.