A Guide to Buying Second Hand Farm Machinery

18 11 2011

Before you decide that buying second hand farm machinery is something that you should do, there are a few considerations that you need to make. Farm equipment often costs a lot of money and buying second hand will help to save money. The question is whether you want to risk spending money on used farm machinery that does not work or will constantly need fixing.

The good news is that buying second hand farm machinery is worthwhile as long as you take precautions. You cannot just go to a farm and buy something; you will need to look it over and know that you are buying from a trusted seller. This means following a guide on buying used farm machinery.

When you start your search for farm equipment that is second hand, you will need to think about the place that you are buying from. If a farm with a good reputation is selling, then you stand the chance of getting good equipment. The same goes for buying from another source that has a good reputation. However, if you find a farm that is not reputable then you will need to question the equipment that is being sold.

The trick is to ask plenty of questions. Get all of your worries out in the air and let the seller answer your questions. Most reputable sellers will answer every single question without skirting around the issue. They will make an effort to put your mind at rest. Any seller that does not do this and just pressures you into buying is not worth your time. Polite decline and start looking elsewhere for the second hand farm machinery.

You need to know about farm machinery and about the general prices. You will be able to find out about this buy checking online and looking at reputable sites. It is also likely that you have some networks and contacts so use them to find out more. The more you know about used farm machinery, the less chance a seller will be able to pull the wool over your eyes – pun intended!

You need to remember that when you buy second hand farm machinery, parts will need replacing. You will need to look over the tractors or mowers or anything else that you are looking to buy to determine how long each part has and whether the replacements are going to be expensive. The last thing that you want to find out is that you will spend more than a new tractor is worth over the space of time.

You need to know what the second hand farm machinery has been used for in the past. This will help you determine whether it is something worth considering. Use the average of ploughs or combines will last for around 2000 hours and tractors will last for 12000 hours. You need to know how much life the used farm machinery has left in it.

Something that you need to do is avoid buying anything that has been damage. A little paintwork may seem like nothing, but you have no idea how that paintwork was damaged and whether there is anything else wrong with the second hand farm machinery.


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