5 Tips for Buying Machinery for your Business with Consignment Service

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There are plenty of benefits that come with choosing used machinery. However, finding reliable second-hand equipment is not easy. This is why we’ve put together a list of tips to help you make a more informed decision. Knowing what to look for and what questions to ask the seller will be instrumental in helping you to find the right equipment from consignmentservice.com.



  1. Do your research

With so many sellers in the used-equipment market, it is important to ensure that the seller you buy from is trustworthy. You will need to do your homework. After determining which used equipment is right for your business, your next step should be to investigate the seller. Take the time to research the seller and only proceed once you are sure that they are a legit and trustworthy business.


Find out whether the seller is the outright owner or has the legal authority to sell the equipment on behalf of the owner. You need to see proof of this.


Ensure that the equipment has a clear title free of any liens. Ownership of the equipment cannot be legally transferred to you if the piece of equipment is attached to existing debt. Ensure to check this before proceeding.


  1. Check the operating hours

Once you are satisfied with the legal history of the equipment, you need to do the same with its work history. Find out its operating hours. While this isn’t necessarily an outright indicator of the machine’s condition, this combined with other factors can help paint the full picture.


Its maintenance history is another important aspect you need to look into. For instance, while a used machine with 1,200 operating hours may seem like a good purchase, it might not be if it has a poor maintenance history. In fact, a piece of equipment with eight times more the number of hours but with a stronger maintenance record is a much smarter investment. A condition report will help you to learn the condition of the various components. This will help you to understand the type of maintenance the machine will need in the future.


  1. Look out for signs of wear and tear

Since you are buying used equipment, you should expect some signs of wear and tear. However, this shouldn’t necessarily be a big deal as long as you know what to avoid. You want a machine with benign signs of use. Cracks and signs of rust are not very reassuring.


  1. Check the fluids

The condition of the fluids will help give you a deeper insight into the condition of the used equipment. Ensure to have an analysis of the hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and engine oil done. This will help you get a better understanding of the fitness of the machine and the quality of care.


Used equipment that has received proper care and maintenance will have a good report.


  1. Check the tires

Your assessment of the used equipment doesn’t end with its technical aspects. You also need to pay attention to its tires. The cost of construction equipment tires is quite high and the costlier it gets with each additional tire that needs replacement. The last thing you want is to invest a large sum of your money on a piece of equipment only to find out that you need to spend another large unbudgeted sum of money on tires.


Examine the tires to determine whether they have been patched or retreaded. In case you come across cuts in the tires, ensure that they are not serious. Any damage larger than a quarter of an inch should raise an alarm.

Also, check for signs of uneven wear on the tread. This can be a sign that the machine is not aligned properly.


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