How to Buy Second Hand Farm Machinery

18 11 2011

Like buying a used car, buying second hand farm machinery is often the quickest way to getting something that you need for your budget. However, there are a number of cautions that you need to take when it comes to buying one. Taking precautions will help to ensure that this is something worth spending your money on.

Know What the Used Farm Machinery Is Worth

Before you start spending money on farm machinery, you need to know how much it is worth. Take some time to do your research online and ask as many questions about it as possible. It is worth having your questions in writing, so contact the seller via email or ask them to put the answers in writing for you.

You need to have the funds for the second hand farm machinery, so take some time to look at how much you have to spare. Are you selling your own machinery at the moment? If so, then you can put the money from that towards a new one. If not, then you may need to look into taking out some finance.

Choose the Right Used Farm Machinery

You need to find something that does exactly what you need. You will have some choice available, depending on the type of machinery that you are looking for, but you need something that does the job, instead of looking good.

You will also need to think about the cost of maintaining the second hand farm machinery. Take some time to consider the costs of the gas and then consider the possible problems that you may face. What will it cost to get the parts replaced or to repair a problem?

Talk to the Seller

Before even thinking about handing over any money, you need to know what the used farm machinery is like. Talk to the seller and ask all of the questions you can think of – write them down beforehand. Find out about the condition and any past problems that the seller has had. Think about the answers that the seller is giving and pay attention to everything that he has to say. If he avoids your questions or tries to give an answer related to something else, he either does not know what he is talking about or is trying to flog a dodgy vehicle.

View the machinery during the day and always look it over fully. Make sure that the parts are in good condition. If it is a tractor that you are looking at – which is the usually second hand farm machinery that you would need – look at the condition of the blades and see whether these will need replacing anytime soon.

Take your time to look over any used farm machinery that you are considering and keep your options open. You do not need to buy the first thing that you find. The last thing you want is to find you are paying over the odds for something that you will need to replace in a few months time.


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