5 Things To Consider Before Buying Used Construction Machinery

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If you’re in the market for used construction machinery, there are several things to consider before making your purchase. Buying used digger equipment, also known as plant machinery, can be a cost-effective option for those in the construction industry. However, it’s really important to do your research to ensure you’re making the right decision before you buy any used plant machinery. Whether you’re looking for a used mini digger, or a used tracked excavator, here are five things to consider before buying used construction machinery.


The first thing you should do when considering purchasing used construction machinery is to assess your needs. Ask yourself important questions, such as what kind of projects will you be using the equipment for? How often will you be using it? What kind of terrain will you be working on? Answering these questions will help you determine what type of plant machinery you need, and what features and specifications are necessary. For example, if you’re looking to buy a telehandler for a job with a long timescale, you want to check the number of hours on a machine before you buy it. If you’re unsure of what you need, do some research on the types of plant machinery available and what they are best suited for. Remember, some machines can be utilised in a number of different ways by changing the attachments to be better suited for the task at hand. Masterhitch is our sister company, which deals with made-to-order attachments for construction machinery. Check them out to see how versatile your used machinery could be.


When buying used construction machinery, it’s important to check its condition thoroughly. This includes inspecting the machinery for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or rust. Where it is possible, take a test drive of the machinery to ensure that it’s in good working order, or observe someone reliable test driving it. Check the service history of the equipment to ensure that it has been properly maintained and serviced over the years. If you’re unsure about the condition of the machinery, consider hiring an independent inspector to assess it before making your purchase. Buying a piece of used digger equipment with a tenuous service history could be a huge financial mistake, so this step is really important to ensure the longevity of your equipment. It’s also a good idea to research any company local to you who specialise in plant machinery, so if you do find any issues in the future, you know exactly who to contact for help.


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It can take time to find the right supplier for you, so whether you’re looking for a used excavator, or to buy a telehandler, it’s important to research the seller. Before buying any ex-fleet machinery, look for reviews or testimonials from previous customers to get an idea of their reputation, as well as to check if the used construction machinery has been up to standard. Check the seller’s credentials and verify that they have the necessary licences and certifications to sell used plant machinery, and always be wary of any seller who is hesitant to provide you with information, or who seems too eager to make a sale. File the contact information accordingly, as well as any details regarding warranty or guarantees for future reference.


Buying used construction machinery can be a significant investment, and it’s important to consider your financing options before making your purchase. Look for sellers who offer financing options, such as leasing or hire purchase agreements. These options can help you spread out the cost of the machinery over time, making it more affordable in the short term. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of any financing agreement carefully, and consider seeking advice from a financial advisor if you’re unsure. This highlights another reason why background checking the seller, and the machinery itself, is so important, as if you’re entering an agreement or contract with someone, this ex-fleet equipment needs to be at a high standard.


While used construction machinery may be cheaper upfront than buying new, it’s important to consider the long-term costs of ownership. This includes maintenance costs, repair costs, and the cost of replacement parts. Look for plant machinery with a good track record of reliability and durability to minimise these costs over time. Additionally, consider the cost of fuel and other consumables when using the machinery. Look for equipment with good fuel efficiency to reduce your operating costs over time, while also being environmentally aware.


In conclusion, there are several things to consider before buying used construction machinery. Assessing your needs, checking the condition of the machinery, researching the seller, considering financing options, and thinking about the long-term costs are all imperative steps to consider before making your purchase. Whether you’re looking to buy a mini digger or searching for any other type of used diggers for sale, taking the time to do your research and making an informed decision can help you get the most out of your investment.

Here at International Plant Sales, we are specialists in our field, with a reliable history in selling used machinery, as seen in our abundant positive reviews. So, if you’re looking for used construction machinery, be sure to keep our tips in mind to find the equipment that’s right for you!

When you buy any used construction machinery from IPS, you’ll have the added benefits of:

  • Worldwide shipping available
  • Warranty included on all machine sales
  • Minimal previous owners
  • Low hours
  • Machinery is fully refurbished by The Finishing Touch prior to sale

If you have any questions about our machines or would like a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.


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