Tips For Buying Used Heavy Equipment Parts
When you need to buy heavy equipment parts you probably get a bit worried about how much it is going to cost you. If you buy all new parts, you have a right to be concerned. Luckily, there are many ways you can get used parts and save some money. You may go to a junk yard or even a used parts dealer and find what you need. Other alternatives include buying them through an online broker or from an individual who has a machine they are parting out. If you decide to go with a used part, there are a few things you need to consider. Here are some tips to make sure you get the parts you need that will last:
Ask for a Warranty
While you will never get a full warranty for used parts, it is possible to get a warranty that will last long enough for you to know if the part is good or not. This will allow you to use the part for a while and make sure that it fits and runs properly. Make sure you get the part installed and in use as much as possible before the warranty wears out.
Ask for a History
If possible, ask how old the part is and why it is no longer being used in the machine it came installed on from the manufacturer. If the machine quit running due to another part, the one you are considering could very well be in excellent condition. You should also ask if the part had been rebuilt or refurbished in any way. A rebuilt/refurbished part is often as good as a new one. If the part was one that requires regular servicing, ask if there is documentation regarding how often and when it was last serviced.
Ideally, a part will be kept in a dry location so it cannot be damaged by weather. If the part was already removed from the machine, make sure it was kept in an environment that would not cause rusting or allow other people to mess around with it.
You may be able to find OEM parts to replace the ones on your machine, but do not dismiss aftermarket parts if they fit and work well with your equipment. The important thing is to find the right heavy equipment parts for your needs that fit in your budget. You may have to look around a bit, but getting just what you need at a price you can afford will be worth the wait.