What To Consider When Buying Used Plant Machinery

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Whether you’re starting up a new construction business or just looking to expand your fleet of machinery, buying used plant machinery can be a minefield. From dodgy dealers to unexpected faults, there’s a lot that needs to be considered to ensure you aren’t being swindled. 

In this week’s blog, we’ll provide you with some tips to help you buy the best used equipment possible.


The best place to start when looking to buy used plant machinery is by determining what equipment you actually need. Think about your current projects and anything you have coming up, what’s missing from your fleet that could be really useful? Having a clear idea of what you need will make the process much easier. It’s also important to consider any attachments that you might need for your new machine. If you’re struggling to find the perfect attachment for your project, companies such as Masterhitch can help you by creating a bespoke piece of equipment.


The key to buying used plant machinery is research. Once you’ve identified the equipment you need, you should then start looking into the different manufacturers who make those machines. Features on a machine vary depending on the make. For example, you may find that a JCB telehandler has more technology that would be useful to you than a Manitou telehandler does. It’s also worth looking into how easy it is to get parts for the machine or if there’s someone local to you who could fix it. This will help save on any downtime should the machine need maintenance in the future.


Another important thing to consider is who you are buying your machine from. We will always recommend buying used machinery from a reputable dealer rather than a private seller. This way, you should have peace of mind knowing you’ve bought from someone who knows what they’re doing. They should also be able to provide you with all the correct information and paperwork, as well as potentially helping with transport and shipping.


It’s always worth trying before you buy, or at least going to view the machine in person. By doing so, you can see for yourself the condition of the machine and check areas that haven’t been shown fully in photos. If you aren’t able to test operate the machine yourself, ask if you can see someone else operate it. This way you can still hear how the machinery sounds and see that everything moves correctly. If you are unable to view the machine in person, ask for a virtual viewing via a video call. By doing this, you can see the machinery in its current condition.

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IPS are industry experts and have years of experience when it comes to selling used plant machinery. When you buy a machine from us, you can rest easy in the knowledge that you’re buying from a reputable company. Don’t just take our word for it, check out our customer reviews.

When you buy from IPS, you’ll have the benefits of:

  • In-person and virtual viewing appointments are available
  • We can arrange international shipping for you
  • Warranty is included on all machine sales
  • Our machinery is fully refurbished by The Finishing Touch prior to sale

We currently have a great range of used plant machinery available for sale. Ranging from Komatsu PC26 mini diggers to Manitou MT1840 telehandlers, you can view our full, up to date stocklist here.

If you have any questions about any of our machines, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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