Buying Used Equipment

Originally Posted on August 21, 2018 by Everglades Equipment Group

Used equipment for an agricultural operation or construction contractor can save business owners a lot of money. It's easy to see why many owners choose used equipment, from the affordability to the wide variety of selection available. You don't always need the latest models, and new equipment keeps getting more and more expensive. At Everglades Equipment Group, we want to help our customers get the equipment they need at a price they can afford. In that spirit, we've put together this short guide with some tips for shopping for used equipment.

Find the Right Dealer

Finding the right dealer can sometimes be just as important as the right piece of equipment. When you shop with a less-than-reputable seller, you expose yourself to extra risks that could lead to malfunctioning or falsely represented equipment. It can be frustrating running into a seller who doesn't have the right info, who isn't familiar with the equipment, or doesn't plan to follow up or offer continued service.

Start your search with local dealers with solid reputations, as they're more likely to be helpful should the equipment take a turn for the worse. Public records and reviews can indicate just how helpful and trustworthy a dealer is which can indicate how well they inspect their used inventory. The better the reviews, the better your chances are of finding good equipment for your money. Auctions are also a popular place to find used equipment, but you take a chance with how good your price will be as you'll be competing against buyers who may have more money to throw around.

Do Your Research

Determining exactly what you're after can assist you when haggling price, thus allowing you to avoid stress down the road. This is probably not going to be any different than shopping for new equipment. Simply focus on the features, components, and specs that you know you'll need for the work you have in mind. One of the hidden benefits of buying used farm equipment is that enough time has likely passed for other buyers to have picked apart the machines and found exactly what's wrong or lacking in each model year. This can help you narrow down your choice and avoid equipment that won't be right for you regardless of its used condition.

You can use your research skills to verify the seller’s claims and equipment integrity once you have something particular in your sights. Ask the seller for any pertinent information or documentation. Get the PIN or VIN so you can check its official documentation against what the dealer offers. Most financing companies do their own background check, so you’ll have that to back you up if you intend to finance, but it’s still a good idea to do your own research.

Inspect the Equipment

Any equipment you're thinking of purchasing should be inspected thoroughly by someone who knows what they're looking at. If you don't consider yourself experienced of knowledgeable enough to perform an inspection and ensure a working piece of equipment, don't hesitate to bring along someone who does. That might be a friend, neighbor, or a worker who'll be operating the equipment. They can serve as an advisor and help you deal with sellers and dealers who might be using dishonest salesmanship.

Structural or mechanical issues should serve as clear red flags, and if they don't match up with the description you got from a seller then be extra wary. No used price tag is low enough to make buying junk equipment worth your time and effort. Check controls, tires, and components for wear and match the general condition against operating hours. Think twice about equipment (especially vehicles) with incomplete or otherwise lacking documentation. A good sign of quality used equipment is the operation record that comes with it. Keep your own records of any transaction and, once you make your purchase, of the tractor's condition. If something should go wrong, it'll be important to have solid records to backup your claims.

With a few of these tips, you should be on your way to getting a great deal on some quality used equipment. Remember to do your research, ask plenty of questions, and shop with a trusted dealer like your friends at Everglades Equipment Group. If you're looking for the best new and used equipment around, you'll find it at one of our locations throughout Florida, including West Palm Beach and Clearwater. Head in today and let our team of courteous professionals answer all your questions and help you find what you're looking for.

Belle Glade

2017 NW 16th St
Belle Glade, FL 33430
561-996-6531

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Boynton Beach

1335 Neptune Dr
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-732-8905

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Brooksville

22255 Cortez Blvd
Brooksville, FL 34601
352-573-2720

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Clearwater

5090 Ulmerton Rd
Clearwater, FL 33760
727-828-8200

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Fort Myers

9501 FL-82
Fort Myers, FL 33905
239-332-5045

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Fort Pierce

6150 Orange Ave
Fort Pierce, FL 34947
772-461-5568

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Immokalee

775 E Main St
Immokalee, FL 34142
239-657-4413

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Leesburg

1800 US-441
Leesburg, FL 34748
352-315-1016

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Loxahatchee

13295 Southern Blvd
Loxahatchee, FL 33470
561-784-4000

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Naples

1945 Pine Ridge Rd
Naples, FL 34109
239-260-8800

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Odessa

2240 Success Dr
Odessa, FL 33556
727-842-8618

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Okeechobee

820 US-98
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-763-1921

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Orlando

12049 S Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837
407-240-1023

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Palmetto

906 US-301
Palmetto, FL 34221
941-722-3281

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Plant City

2805 West, FL-60
Plant City, FL 33567
813-737-1660

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6209 McIntosh Rd
Sarasota, FL 34238
941-924-9709

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117 13th St
St Cloud, FL 34769
321-209-4888

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