Lincoln Douglas looks back on 40 years in business.
Lincoln Douglas started working heavy equipment at the age of 12—when he wasn't busy with school—skidding logs out of the bush for his father's company. More than forty-years later and Lincoln is the owner of his own company, K & L Contracting.
"I would work after school, on weekends, and holidays," said Lincoln. "At 18 I headed out on my own, working in roadbuilding and pipeline construction all around British Columbia. I made my way back home to Rosedale in the 1990s and started K & L Contracting in 1999."
"Ritchie Bros. [is] a great source for gear"
Lincoln has deep roots in B.C., as a former Chief of Cheam First Nation, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who were also both Chiefs of Cheam and successful business owners. Today Lincoln's company K & L Contracting offers a wide variety of services across Lower Mainland B.C., including civil, forestry and aggregate services.
"I started my company with used equipment and Ritchie Bros. was a great source for gear," said Lincoln. "I still remember the first piece I bought from Ritchie Bros. almost twenty years ago—a 1970 Kenworth dump truck. As my company grew, I started buying more and more new equipment and selling my older and surplus equipment through Ritchie."
Lincoln has sold dozens of items through Ritchie Bros. since the early 2000s.
"Ritchie Bros. takes all the effort out of selling"
"Ritchie Bros. takes all the effort out of selling," said Lincoln. "When you sell privately it can be a lot of work—putting together advertisements, setting up meetings with potential buyers, and then you might not even sell it. With Ritchie Bros., we hand over the equipment and they take care of the rest."
Lincoln continued, "We've tried selling through dealerships, but your success really depends on the salesperson you're working with. At Ritchie Bros. you have an entire team behind your piece, making sure it's marketed to the world."
Most recently, at the May 2018 auction in Chilliwack, BC, Lincoln sold a 2015 Caterpillar D6T LGPVP crawler tractor for CA$375,000 to an online buyer from Spruce Grove, AB and a 2014 Caterpillar 972K wheel loader for CA$172,500 to an online buyer from Prince George, BC.
"The cleaner it looks, the better it's going to sell"
Lincoln is a strong believer in refurb before auction, often painting, fixing decals and more.
"The cleaner it looks, the better it's going to sell," said Lincoln. "And with Ritchie Bros. you can get it all done right there on site and get great returns. They make it easy."
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