Do you know the best time to buy used equipment?

Dec 11, 2017, 12:54 PM

Usually the worst time to buy something is when you’re desperate to have it—or when everyone else wants to buy it as well.  That’s definitely the case when it comes to used ag equipment.

Buying during the off-season will usually give you a greater selection and a wider range of price options.  If you put off the decision, you’ll have fewer options from which to choose—and you may pay more in freight in order to get want you want from a distant location.

It’s a good idea to think about replacement when you’re ready to put away a piece of equipment for the season.  That’s the time when its performance and condition are fresh in your mind—and it’s probably the best time for you to be shopping for something else.   Frankly, our inventory, selection and pricing tend to most favorable just when farmers are finishing up with a particular process.  For example, the best time to shop for a used planter is when you’re done planting.  The best time to shop for a used combine is right after harvest.

Elsewhere in this flyer you’ll read about the Preferred Service Program (PSP) that we offer at 21st Century Equipment.   PSP goes hand-in-hand with purchasing used equipment.   The thorough inspection of PSP gives you—and us—a great idea about the condition of your equipment.   That can help you determine if it’s time to replace or repair.  And it gives us an accurate assessment of the trade-in and resale value of your equipment.

As you know, we’ve added two more locations in our network—Scottsbluff and Torrington.   That means two more resources for pre-owned equipment.   We also expect to see an even larger variety of the types of equipment available, thanks to these new locations.   You’ll likely see more balers, loader tractors and other unique items that haven’t typically been part of our used equipment portfolio.

Regardless of when you decide to start looking for used equipment, start your search at 21st Century Equipment.  If we can’t find it among our 17-store network, our network of contacts across the nation is likely to get you what you need at a price point that makes sense.

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