When shopping for heavy equipment online, you could end up viewing hundreds of listings, but which one should you actually buy? Researching equipment online can be time consuming if you don’t know what to look for in the listings. For example, if you’re choosing between multiple for-sale telehandlers, the listings can provide photos and details about each machine to help make your decision. To better understand, Equipment Trader has compiled five factors for comparing listings when buying heavy equipment online.
One of the most important things to know before shopping for heavy equipment is your budget. If you’re looking to save money, cost will be a key factor in deciding between for-sale machines. Before you start comparing listings, take some time to research the general market value for the piece of equipment you’re interested in buying to ensure you’re getting a fair price.
2. Description and Details
The listing description will provide you the most information about the heavy equipment you’re shopping for before you speak with the seller. A good listing should include the following details to help you compare units:
- Make and model
- Fuel Type
- Transmission make
- Additional features
Make a list of the details and features that are important to you. As you read through the listing descriptions and details, take note of which units have these features.
The condition of the heavy equipment is often included in the listing description or details. Condition refers to whether the unit is new or used. If the machine is used, you should also be able to see the amount of hours the unit has been in operation. When comparing used equipment, the hours used could be a key difference in deciding which you buy.
Listing images will allow you to get a good look at the heavy equipment you might buy. A good listing should have plenty of photos at different angles. Make sure you can see wide shots of the machine’s exterior, as well as close-ups and interior/cab photos. Be weary of listings that don’t have images or only use stock photos. You’ll want to make sure you’re seeing the exact unit you’re considering. Bonus points of a listing has a video that lets you see the equipment in action.
5. Pick-Up or Delivery Options
Shopping for equipment online allows you to browse inventory from around the country. While it’s great to expand your options, you should keep in mind how you’re going to get the equipment delivered to you. As you peruse listings and contact sellers, be sure to ask if you’ll have to visit the seller in-person, or if the equipment can be delivered to your home or business. If you do get the machine shipped or delivered, find out how much that would cost and factor that into your budget.
Conclusion: Remember, as you’re shopping for heavy equipment online, you don’t just want the best unit, you want the machine that’s best for you. When you’re searching through all of the equipment listings, prioritize those with the price, description, condition, photos, and pick-up or delivery options that fit your needs. Read our previous article for more tips on researching and buying heavy equipment.