An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development inspector says that, by following a few basic steps when buying used farm equipment, purchasers can help shield themselves from future problems.
“Purchasing good used farm equipment can be a way of reducing equipment costs on your farm,” says Robert Martin, farm implement inspector, Edmonton. “There are several things you can do at the time of purchase to avoid any potential disputes with the dealer later on.”
Martin says it is very important to physically and thoroughly inspect the equipment at the dealership. “Do not assume the condition until you have seen it. Ask the dealer for an on-farm demo of the equipment if possible and practical. Rent the equipment from the dealer for a day or two to see if it is suited to your farming operation. Ask questions and be as informed as possible regarding to condition of the equipment.”
Used equipment carries no warranty unless it is specified on the sale agreement. If any warranty is discussed and agreed upon, make sure it is written on the sale agreement.
“If repairs to the equipment are negotiated with the dealer, include the details and terms of the repairs on the sale agreement,” says Martin. “Ensure the sale agreement contains a full description of the equipment – make, model, year, serial number, hours and attachments to the equipment. The sale agreement must be signed by the dealership and the purchaser.”
For further information on purchasing used farm equipment, call 310-FARM (3276) from anywhere in Alberta and asked to be connected to Robert Martin, farm implement inspector.