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Paul Hendrix, equipment pricing analyst for IronPlant, provides these eight tips that could save you from a lemon. If you don’t know what to look for, you may end up bringing home a machine that costs you more than if you bought a new one, Hendrix says. You either need to hire someone to inspect a vehicle or train yourself in how to assess the equipment.
7. Assess the dealer landscape
Know the support offered by your local dealers. It may determine what brand you buy. “We see that as a big driver in a lot of equipment decisions,” Hendrix says. “If you don’t have a dealer close by, do you really want to drive 100 miles to get parts?” Dealer support may change if a branch closes or changes hands. Stay current on the providers and services in your area.