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Used Equipment Searches

May 26, 2023

How to approach your used heavy equipment search to locate exactly what you need, when you need it.

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The Used Equipment Market

In industries such as construction, mining, agriculture, and transportation, the demand for used equipment is strong, but the process of finding the right equipment can be daunting.

Searching for good quality used equipment can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, frustrating, and may ultimately result in not finding what you need when you need it.

In this article we discuss:

  • Where to begin
  • Finding equipment
  • Next steps

Beginning your equipment search

When embarking on an equipment search, it is essential to approach the process with careful consideration and attention to detail. Here are some key steps to help you prepare:

  1. Define Your Requirements: Begin by precisely identifying your project requirements. Determine the specific type of equipment you need, its intended use, capacity, and any specialized features required. This clarity will help you focus your search and find the equipment that best fits your needs.
  2. Set a Budget: Establishing a budget is crucial. Determine how much you are willing to spend and be realistic about your financial limitations. Consider the equipment's age, condition, and expected lifespan to determine value for investment.
  3. Research Reputable Sellers: Look for reputable sellers; seek recommendations from industry professionals, check online reviews, and visit websites of companies specializing in used heavy equipment sales.

Once prepared, you can approach your search with confidence and increase your chances of finding reliable equipment that meets your requirements, while staying within your budget.

Where to find equipment

Suggested starting points include:

  1. Online Marketplaces: Utilize online marketplaces that specialize in buying and selling used equipment. You will find extensive listings from various sellers that often include detailed equipment descriptions, photos, and contact information for sellers.
  2. Dealers/Resellers: Connect with reputable dealerships or equipment resellers that specialize in used heavy equipment. Established dealers often have a wide selection of reliable equipment, and they may offer warranties, financing options, and after-sales support.
  3. Auctions: Participate in heavy equipment auctions, either in person or online. Auctions can provide opportunities to find quality used equipment at competitive prices. Research auction houses that specifically deal with heavy equipment and stay updated on upcoming auctions. Some companies may also offer equipment for sale that’s available now so you don’t have to wait for the auction date.
  4. Rental Companies: Equipment rental companies often sell off their used fleet. They generally maintain their equipment well and offer well-maintained units for sale.
  5. Industry Trade Publications: Check industry-specific trade publications or magazines. These publications often feature classified sections where sellers list their equipment for sale. They may also provide valuable insights and information on equipment trends and reputable sellers in the industry.
  6. Local Classifieds: Explore local classified advertisements, both online and in print. Many sellers, including contractors and small businesses, may list in local classifieds. Keep an eye on newspapers, community bulletin boards, and online classified websites specific to your region.
  7. Networking and Word of Mouth: Tap into your professional network within the industry. Connect with colleagues, industry associations, or equipment operators who may be aware of individuals or businesses selling their equipment. Recommendations can lead you to trustworthy sellers or even private owners looking to sell.

Exercise caution and due diligence regardless of where you find equipment listings. Research sellers, inspect the equipment, and consider seeking expert advice before finalizing any purchase. By exploring these options, you can increase your chances of finding exactly what you need.


Next Steps in your search


With the initial preparation taken care of, and based on your research, conduct your equipment search.

  1. Create a short list of potential equipment listings that meet your requirements and budget. Prioritize options that provide comprehensive information, including photos, specifications, and maintenance records.
  2. Reach out to sellers for more details. Do they have the service history and any other relevant information that can help you evaluate the equipment’s condition and performance? Inquire about the reason for selling, previous usage, and any modifications or repairs conducted.
  3. Compare Prices to ensure you're getting a fair deal. If there is room for negotiation, engage in a discussion with the seller. Highlight any concerns discovered during inspections or request a price adjustment based on market value, maintenance records, or other relevant factors.
  4. Finalize your purchase and arrange pickup. Ensure all necessary paperwork is in order, including transfer of ownership.

By following these steps, you can systematically approach your search for used equipment, gather relevant information, and make an informed decision. Always exercise caution and engage with reputable sellers to ensure a successful transaction.

Get more information on how to buy used heavy equipment.

Let the Experts at Black Star Help!

You can request a search now, or check out all our current inventory and auction listings here.

There are going to be times when you are unable to locate the equipment you need, or just don’t have the time or inclination to conduct your own in-depth search, or negotiate the sale.

With our far-reaching network of contacts, we already know who may have what you're looking for. If not, we’ll find out who does.

We also have many sellers ready to sell and are just waiting for a buyer to come along.

We work with customers in a wide range of industries to meet their specific equipment needs, and we conduct searches all the time.

So, if you would like Black Star to do the heavy lifting and find equipment for you, just let us know.

This article is our representation of useful information and is not intended to be a complete guide for making the right decision for your company. Ask our experts - or your own - for specific advice based on your unique circumstances

Used Equipment Searches
Brandi Kay

Brandi has worked in the heavy equipment industry for many years with a strong focus on everything related to auctions and private selling processes. She takes a hands-on approach to ensure the best experience for every customer.

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