should you rent or buy heavy construction equipment?

My husband is a contractor that does all sorts of jobs. There have been times that he has had to turn down a job because he didn't have some of the equipment that he needed to do the job right. Other jobs require that he rents some heavy construction equipment. We have been trying to decide if we should invest in purchasing some of that equipment that he needs or if it is better to continue renting it. Go through our blog to learn about purchasing heavy construction equipment. Here, you will learn the cost of purchasing and maintaining versus renting it.

How To Determine The Value Of Heavy Equipment


Heavy equipment used in construction, farming, or excavating work is expensive, and determining the value of the equipment can be difficult. Used equipment is tough to value because there are many things to consider that all add or detract from the overall value of the machine.

Equipment Appraisals

When you need to know the value of a piece of equipment, hiring an appraisal company to work up an estimate for you is often the best option. The appraiser will go over the equipment and look for damage, repairs, or mechanical issues affecting the value.

Often, heavy equipment appraisals are used to determine the damage to a vehicle after an accident, set a value for sale, or determine the value of a collectible vehicle for the owner. If an insurance company needs to know what a truck or piece of equipment is worth to write a policy for it, they will often ask for a heavy equipment appraisal before they will cover the equipment. 

Heavy equipment appraisals are completed by experienced appraisers who have a background in the industry as technicians, engineers, or some other job that gives them advanced knowledge of the equipment. They are also highly trained to be an appraiser by the company they work for in most situations.

Damage Appraisals

If a piece of heavy equipment gets damaged in an accident, the insurance company will often need an estimate of the damage. Unfortunately, taking the equipment to the body shop is not possible, so many times, a heavy equipment appraisal is requested, and the appraiser will often come to where the equipment is to make their assessment. 

The appraiser will report the damage found back to the insurance company so they can negotiate to make repairs or replace the equipment for you. If the damage is greater than the value of the equipment, the appraiser will report that to the insurance company so they can decide if they are going to replace the equipment or not. 

Sale Appraisals

When you are looking for a piece of equipment and will purchase it used, it is essential to ensure that the value is in line with the sale price. Having a heavy equipment appraisal on the item you are considering is a good option and is very common when dealing with large machines. 

It is vital that you are not overpaying for a piece of equipment and then getting stuck with it or losing money on it later. The appraiser will let you know if the equipment is worth buying after going over it completely. In these situations, working with a private appraiser is often the best option because they have no stake in the equipment and are only looking to find a suitable machine for the client.

Reach out to a local heavy equipment appraisal service to get the help you need.


17 June 2021