If you are in the market for new or used agricultural equipment there are a number of things to keep in mind before you go and open your wallet, whether it be a leather one or a digital one.
To help you on your way, I have put together a list of the more important things to have in mind when you go to purchase agricultural machinery or items.
Does The Equipment Do The Job?
It may seem an obvious point, but you really should look into buying agricultural equipment and machinery that do the jobs you want them to do. Imagine spending a big sum of money on a piece of machinery only to find it doesn’t do one of the things you bought it for in the first place.
Apply the same savvy you would when purchasing any other items to buying agricultural equipment too. You wouldn’t simply just buy the first TV you saw in a shop without first looking elsewhere, and that is exactly the same with equipment and machinery for farming. The Internet is a great tool; you found this blog with it, so you should be more than capable of unearthing the best deals to meet your needs rather than picking the first products you happen to stumble across. Similarly, it is in your best interest to find out what similar items are selling for. If things are particularly more expensive or cheaper, then you will want to know why exactly while a similar price level indicates you’re probably looking at the typical asking price of the item in question.
Condition Is Obviously Important
Unless you are looking at buying new agricultural equipment, you will be investing a fair chunk of your money on previously used items; therefore the condition it is in is an essential consideration to have in mind. How much has it been used, has it been well maintained. If you are looking into a used tractor enquire about the hours it has been in use, asking for an oil sample could also be a helpful way of unearthing some engine or transmission problems – although any responsible seller will inform buyers of such issues in their advertising. Often an item in need of some repair can be picked up cheaper than one in better condition, if you can pick up the parts cheaper and know how to do repairs these may actually be a better investment.
Is A Brand Name Important?
Well yes and no, while buying a brand named tractor might be more expensive, you also have to consider the availability of parts and such forth. Normally renowned brand names are far more likely to have more source able spares and replacement parts. This is equally the case with agricultural equipment. If after a bit of research you discover a lesser known brand, which also seems to have a reliable source of spare parts without expensive fitting or shipping charges, it may seem a better option.
Elaborating further on the issue of parts, you will also want to find out how easy it is to source them, can you find somewhere locally or will you have to order them online, can you wait to have a part shipped from abroad? All these considerations should factor in any final decision to buy agricultural equipment.
Louisa Jenkins is a keen automotive industry blogger. Here she blogs on the farming community, or rather tips on buying the right agricultural equipment, normally however she blogs on everything from buying a used car to changing a punctured tyre.