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7 Questions to Ask Your Farm Equipment Dealer

So, you’ve finally broken down and decided that it’s time to buy new farm equipment. For many farmers, this can be a large ordeal, as you’ve more than likely grown to love your previous equipment and have gotten used to using it every day. Taking the step to buy new equipment is exciting, yet there are some questions you must ask before you do.

When you are in the market for new farming equipment, there are many options available for you to make your purchase. Maybe you want to buy brand new equipment, or maybe used farming equipment will suit your needs just fine.

Richmond Brothers Equipment offers both new and used farming equipment, including carts, mowers, tillers, blades, and more. We have options from a range of brands such as Art’s Way, Bush Hog, Degelman, Salford, Horsh, and more. If you are shopping for farm or agricultural equipment, reach out to our team of experts at Richmond Brothers Equipment today. We can help you find the farming equipment that’s just right for you. Read this week’s blog post for seven questions you should always ask your farm equipment dealer when purchasing new farming equipment.

1. Is This the Right Piece of Equipment for Me?

You know your farming needs better than anyone and finding the right equipment to suit those needs is critical to keep your operation functioning at maximum capacity. Keep these needs in mind when you head to the dealership and be sure to explain them to the equipment dealer. The dealer should be able to help you understand whether the piece of equipment you’re looking at is compatible with your goals.

Richmond Brothers Equipment has a team of experts that can help you determine what kind of farming equipment will work best for you. Stop by one of our dealerships today so we can help you find exactly what you need.

2. Can I Inspect Farm Equipment?

When purchasing new, expensive farming equipment, you should always make sure to inspect each piece before making a final decision. You can either inspect it yourself, or have a mechanic you trust go along with you. Before you head to the dealership, give them a call and double-check to make sure that they will allow you to inspect both new and used equipment before purchasing.

If they do allow inspections, you should conduct both a physical and functional inspection. Look to make sure that everything appears to be intact. Also, be sure to make sure the equipment starts up and runs smoothly.

If the dealership does not allow inspections, try to find this information online in the equipment listing. If there is no information, be weary of purchasing this piece of equipment, as it may be defective.

Reach out to us at Richmond Brothers Equipment and start shopping for your next piece of farming equipment. We are happy to answer any questions you may have for us.

3. Is This Price Negotiable?

A very common question asked when making an expensive purchase is “is the price negotiable?” This is something you should definitely ask the farming equipment dealer so you can get the best deal possible.

There are a few things to consider before asking that question, though. First, conduct research on prices in the industry for similar pieces of equipment. Gather these prices and come up with a median price so you can properly negotiate with the seller if necessary. Sometimes at dealerships, the listed price is non-negotiable. Be sure to always do your research and find the best prices available.

At Richmond Brothers Equipment, we always aim to offer high-quality new and used farming equipment for a fair price. Contact our team today to learn more about our pricing for new and used farming and agricultural equipment.

4. Is Financing Available If Necessary?

We know that farm equipment — new and used — can be really pricey. If the equipment that you are looking at happens to fall outside your budget, ask whether the dealer has financing options available. Oftentimes, a lower monthly payment can be much more affordable for customers than a one-time lump sum.

5. Will There Be Any Additional Costs When Purchasing?

Purchasing farming equipment is already quite expensive as it is, but sometimes, there can be additional costs associated with purchase. When purchasing farming equipment at an auction, there are often buyer’s fees attached to the winning bid.

Depending on where you purchase your equipment from, be sure to ask about the final price you will need to pay to purchase the equipment.

At Richmond Brothers Equipment, we always strive to offer the fairest prices possible to each one of our customers. For any questions regarding pricing and additional fees, reach out to our experts today.

6. Does the Equipment Come With a Clear Title?

Whether you are purchasing new or used equipment, a clear title is a very important aspect. A title is a document that proves legal ownership of the farming machinery. Your title will help you ensure that the equipment is free of any liens, which may cost you significant amounts of money down the road. It also ensures that no one can contest your ownership of the equipment, since it provides legal proof that you are indeed the owner. Check with the seller to ensure you will always receive a clear title when purchasing your new equipment.

Reach out to us at Richmond Brothers Equipment for more information about titles for new and used farming equipment.

7. Can I See the Equipment’s Maintenance and Service Logs?

When buying used farming equipment, you should consider whether or not the equipment has been well-maintained. One way to do so is to ask the dealer for proof of maintenance and service through logs. Find out regular service and maintenance was kept up to date.

You should also ask what the previous purpose of the equipment was, as this may give you a better idea of whether it was gently or vigorously used and what kind of condition it may be in.

Why Choose Richmond Brothers?

Richmond Brothers Equipment offers a variety of agricultural and farming products and equipment. Whether you are shopping for new or used, we can help you find the equipment that will meet all of your needs.

We also offer farming and agricultural products including Ripper Points, shovels, and shank savers. Visit our website today to learn more about the brands and types of products and equipment we offer. Contact our team today with any questions or concerns. We are excited to work with you and help you find the equipment you need for your farm!