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Top Factors to Consider When Buying Used Earthmoving Equipment

If you are in the market for earthmoving equipment, buying used equipment is the cheaper alternative to buying brand new. The cost consideration aside, there are several factors to consider in order to ensure that you will be getting value out of your purchase of used earthmoving equipment.

Here is a look at some considerations you cannot afford to neglect.

The Model Type

You may need to consider older models when looking at used earthmoving equipment. Whether you are looking to buy a grader or a backhoe, what is most important when looking at older models is the availability of replacement parts.

Used equipment generally tends to break down more compared to new ones. If you cannot quickly find spare parts for repairs and replacement, you can expect more extended and more frequent downtimes, which will stall your project.

Level of Use

Knowing how much a piece of earthmoving equipment has been used is essential, just as knowing the mileage is essential for other used vehicles. An excavator that has been in use on a full-time basis may be more susceptible to breakdown as a result of wear and tear as opposed to one that has been used less. As a general rule, you may want to stick to equipment that has been in operation for fewer hours.

Maintenance and Service Logs

Did the excavator you are interested in go through an engine overhaul? How frequently is the equipment serviced? You can find this and more information in a review of the maintenance and service logs of the earthmoving equipment you are interested in buying.

You can generally expect fewer issues with machinery that is regularly serviced and maintained. Again, knowing the specifics of past repair and maintenance issues can give you an idea of what to expect from the machines.

Clear Title Of Ownership

Earthmoving equipment, used or otherwise, does not come cheap. The last thing you would want to happen is putting your money toward the purchase and taking possession of the equipment only for your ownership to come into contention.

Do your due diligence about the ownership of the equipment before committing to a purchase. Ensure that the equipment is not stolen, in addition to carrying out a liens check.

You can buy earthmoving equipment from independent and individual owners or dealers. Either way, by paying attention to the outlined factors, among others, you can look forward to getting a good deal and real value out of your purchase.