5 advantages to buying used vs. new heavy equipment & trucks.

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Buying used equipment – a good way to get the most for your money.

Used heavy equipment and trucks for sale at Ritchie Bros.

Given the chance, who wouldn’t love to buy all their heavy equipment and trucks new? It’s got that shiny, new “wow” factor, doesn’t have scratch or ding on it, and the latest bells and whistles – not mention that “new equipment smell”. But all that comes at a significant cost – both upfront in sticker price and taxes, and hidden in depreciation.  

And cost aside, with so much quality used equipment for sale on the market at any given time, there’s really no need to buy new. Here’s a look at 5 big advantages to buying used equipment and trucks over new.

1. Lower cost

Buying a new piece of equipment is a significant investment that can easily eat up money better spent on a second piece of gear, attachments, or maintaining equipment you already have.

The cost of one new piece of equipment could equate to two or more used pieces, depending on availability and demand.

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Used transport trucks for sale at Ritchie Bros.

2. Avoid initial depreciation

New heavy equipment and trucks are no different than new cars in that the minute you drive them off the lot, they depreciate in value – as much as 20 to 40 per cent in the first 12 months!1 Buy used equipment or trucks and you’re avoiding that initial depreciation.

3. Used equipment holds its value

Although used equipment has depreciated, it can hold its value if it’s well-maintained. When it’s time to sell, it’s actually possible to get close to what you paid if you sell at the right time, to a market where your equipment is in demand.

So stick to a regular maintenance schedule, and document all service and repairs for future buyers to see. Read our 5 tips to help you get the best price when you sell equipment and trucks.

4. More choice

The global used equipment market is massive, to say the least. And that’s good news for buyers. That means more choice of equipment than any one brand could ever offer.

Whether you’re looking for construction, transportation, mining, oil & gas, or farm equipment, there are literally thousands of items available for sale at any given time across North America and around the world.

With hundreds of live unreserved auctions conducted around the world each year, and equipment and trucks selling every day on EquipmentOne, buyers can look beyond their local market and tap into the global used equipment market through Ritchie Bros.

Used heavy equipment and Class 8 trucks for sale at Ritchie Bros.

5. More flexibility

Buying used equipment offers a high degree of flexibility for your business. If you have short term contracts that require a specific type of machine, you can acquire it relatively quickly and then easily sell it after the job wraps up—with little depreciation.

Buying new can mean long wait times for equipment orders and a significant loss in value from the time you buy to the time you sell.

If you buy at a Ritchie Bros. unreserved auction, every item is sold to a new owner on auction day regardless of price. And we deliver clear title, or we offer the buyer a full refund of the purchase price. That means you can get the equipment you need and put it straight to work.

Find the used equipment and trucks you need at an upcoming live unreserved auction or on EquipmentOne, our online auction marketplace.

Get the equipment you need at a price you can afford

Used equipment offers a great alternative to buying new. And if you finance your equipment purchases, you can spread the cost out over years—saving your cash to run your business.

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Related articles:
When to buy, lease or rent used heavy equipment or trucks.
5 tips to help you get the best price when you sell equipment and trucks.
5 tips to protect you when buying used heavy equipment and trucks.

Sources:
1 http://www.industryandbusiness.ca/insight/6-reasons-to-see-value-in-used-construction-equipment

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