Buyer’s guide: Machinery sales

Ready to start your next big project but need some kit to help get you going? You’ve come to the right place. With the long, darker days of winter behind us and the freshness of spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to update some of that old rusty equipment that’s in desperate need of an overhaul.

We’ve got a wide variety of items on offer at William George - whether you’re after a forklift to help move stock or you're kitting out a fleet of landscape gardeners – you’re sure to find what you require. Whilst it might seem daunting buying machinery equipment online, once you’ve got your head around it, you’ll be amazed at how much you can save in the long run.

Here’s my buyers’ guide to help get your hands on exciting items from some of the biggest names in the industry… you’re in for a ride!

You’ll know from previous posts that research for any type of product is important. With machinery sales, it’s vital. This will vary from lot to lot and it will get easier over time as there can be quite some information to take in. Machinery sales are some of the most complex as there’s a lot to think about. Cogs, chains, belts, controllers… the list goes on! You might want to make a note of requirements and check them off against the specification of the equipment you’re hoping to buy at auction. And if you’re not sure, always ask. It’s much better for both parties to be thorough prior to committing as, at auction, you’re entering into a legally binding agreement with the seller.

This part will also inform the price you are willing to pay, possibly the most valuable consideration. You might feel that once you’ve started looking into a piece of machinery, it’s going up for auction at a lower price than others have in the past. Another signal to make sure you enquire prior to making a bid as it might indicate a potential issue. Sometimes you can be provided with a condition report which is worth checking as although something might look perfectly fine on the outside, there are so many parts involved that can’t simply be judged by looking. With machinery, similar to buying a car, the seller should have additional documentation such as number of hours, maintenance and service records relevant to the purchase which you’d be wise to ask for upfront.

As with all online auctions, the logistics of the delivery is a factor when buying; somewhat more so important when it comes to machinery. This is largely because of the size of some pieces of equipment, as it takes a fair bit of planning to transport from A to B. Make sure you have the right people on hand to help manoeuvre and be sure to have any relevant insurance in place. We’ve had people bid on and win tractors before with no way of picking up the item, believe it or not! And remember, we’ve got a great team of expertly trained individuals who are on hand to help you along the road… with or without a JCB!

Visit here to find out more about our plant and machinery auctions.