You may be able to guess where I'm at by the topic of this weeks blog. Attending a large auction can be exciting. Seeing all of the different equipment available brings out the shopper in me, if only I didn't have a budget. It can also be a bit overwhelming with all of the options, not to mention the competition. Assuming you have an idea what you are looking for here are a few tips to consider.
Check the maintenance record, assuming that the machinery has one. Make sure the fluids were changed on a regular basis, look for major repairs and what kind of repairs were done. If it doesn't have a maintenance record, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Do your best to get as much information from the seller as possible.
Check the operating hours of the machinery. Even if the machine has more hours logged than you would like, as long as it's been maintained well it could still be a good buy. On the flip side of that, if the machine has low hours but was not maintained as well, it may not be worth your time and consideration.
Who the manufacturer is can make a difference on price. There are a few top names out there and those names tend to garner more loyalty and trust. If you find a manufacturer that you're not quite as familiar with, compare it side by side to take a closer look, it may be worth switching brands if it saves you in the long run.
Hopefully with some diligence, you can find just what you're looking for at just the right price. Enjoy the process because in the end it is a little exciting to hear that all important word....sold!