The last few years have been tough all around, and most branches of industry had to deal with significant cut-back. However, as important as saving and cutting the expenses down is, it’s even more important to be able to do the job as efficiently as possible, even on the limited budget. If you are a farm owner, you are probably struggling to set enough money aside to buy some much needed farm equipment. Well, the good news is that most farming tools, equipment and machines are still built to last and withstand the challenges of a farm environment. This means that you can make significant savings and still get the tools you need by buying used equipment instead of brand new one. Naturally, you will have to put in some effort in research – finding an well maintained and reliable used farm machine on the cheap isn’t as easy as taking a drive to the local John Deer dealership. Still, this is probably the easiest way to save hundreds and thousands of dollars, and still keep your farm running smooth and efficiently.
Some people are overly cautious when it comes to buying used farm equipment. There are many reasons for this type of thinking. On one side, you have those people who love to have the latest and greatest. On the other hand, a majority of potential pre-owned farm equipment buyers is afraid that they might end up with a piece of gear that’s going to break down on them in a matter of days. While a risk of a hidden mechanical fault is always present, if you are eager to get a piece of equipment manufactured by one of the top quality brands at a fraction of the cost, buying pre-owned farming equipment is still your best bet. Here are a few carefully chosen tips and tricks that will ensure that you don’t end up with a dud on your hands.
First of all, if possible – always insist on buying equipment that has a warranty. Yes, you can still get a reliable warranty on an used piece of farming equipment. Certain dealers that specialize in selling pre-owned farming machinery even go so far as to tailor a customized warranty plan that ‘s best suited to your needs and budget. Also, every pre-owned farming equipment dealer that’s worth it’s name will make sure that they perform all the necessary maintenance, repairs and servicing on every single piece of equipment in their catalog. After all, dealers mostly live of word of mouth recommendations. Coincidentally, this is also the best way to find a reliable dealer – just ask around for recommendations from your neighboring farmers.
Another good idea is not to stop there, but to further extend the life and value of your purchase by following a regular servicing schedule. The older the equipment is, and the more usage it has seen, the more servicing and maintenance it will require. But still, if you take good care of your equipment, it can serve you for many more years.