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Unlocking the Insights: Top Questions Asked By Buyers About Equipment Auctions

Used equipment auctions have become a go-to destination for individuals and businesses looking to procure industrial machinery and equipment at competitive prices. We’ll explore the top questions asked by buyers at used equipment auctions, shedding light on their concerns and needs.


1. How do machine auctions work?

Machine auctions, also known as equipment auctions, are events where a wide array of used machinery is put up for bidding. These auctions can be in-person or online, depending on the platform. Nowadays, the majority of auctions are held online, allowing you to bid on used equipment no matter where you are in the world.

2. What is the role of the machinery auctioneer?

A machinery auctioneer plays a crucial role in overseeing the auction proceedings. They manage the bidding process, ensuring fairness and transparency. You can also schedule inspections with the auctioneer before the auction ends to view the used machine you’re interested in. Reputable equipment auctioneers are involved with the auction process from start to finish, will provide you with your invoice, details on when and where you can pick the equipment you won up, and provide great support when it comes to any questions or concerns you may have. 

3. Can anyone participate in online equipment auctions?

Online equipment auctions have gained immense popularity in recent years. Buyers can join these auctions from the comfort of their homes or offices, making the process convenient and accessible. Depending on the platform the auctioneer uses, you’ll need to sign up and be approved to bid. Always read the terms and conditions of the auction you’re interested in or attending to ensure you understand the expectations and details of the auction. Learn how to sign up for used equipment auctions today. 

4. What should I look for in used equipment auctions?

Buyers often want to know what to consider when browsing used equipment auctions. Fortunately, the digital platforms that auctions are hosted on, are some of the world’s leading marketplaces for industrial machinery, manufacturing, and processing equipment, so buyers can feel confident in the equipment they’re purchasing. In these platforms, equipment auctioneers will give you access to key factors of the equipment including type, make, model, condition, high quality photos and videos, rigging information, and so much more.  

5. How do used equipment auctions compare to new equipment purchases?

Buying from used equipment auctions often offers cost savings, immediate availability, and a wide selection of equipment compared to purchasing new machinery. It’s an excellent way to acquire top-tier industrial equipment from top manufacturers at competitive prices. This makes online equipment auctions an attractive option for businesses seeking affordable alternatives.

6. Are there risks associated with used equipment auctions?

Like any purchase, there are risks involved. To mitigate these risks, it’s essential to thoroughly research the equipment’s condition and the reputation of the auctioneer or company conducting the auction. On the auction platform, you’ll have access to the machine’s condition, specifications, photos, videos and more, as well as information on how to schedule an inspection if you’d like to have an in-person look at the machine you’re interested in before the auction ends. Always peform research on the reputation of the auction house that is hosting the event. Take a look at their history with the auction platform, view their website for testimonials and past auctions they’ve hosted as well as upcoming auctions to determine their industry experience. 

7. How can I physically inspect the equipment before bidding in an online machinery auction?

Many online machinery auctions offer inspection days or provide detailed descriptions and inspection reports, giving buyers insights into the equipment’s condition. Once you sign up for an online equipment auction, you’ll be able to find this information in multiple areas including the terms and conditions section, auction information section, and on the main auction page where you’ll find auction start and end time and dates, and inspection time and dates. 

8. How are auction items scheduled?

Auction catalogs list by number all items that are to be sold and the order in which the sale will occur. Occasionally, lots may be grouped together in one bid. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the auction platform. Review their help section if you’ve never used it before, learn how bidding works, and review their guidance for first-time auction bidders. On the last day of the auction, you’ll want to bid quickly. Lots are usually staggered to end every 60 seconds when the auction begins closing and will be extended by 90 seconds from the top bid.


9. Can I place a proxy bid?

If you are not available to bid at the time of the auction, you may place a pre-bid on the online bidding platform. The auctioneer will bid this amount for you at the auction. While the answer is typically yes, you’ll always want to verify this with the auction host or view the terms and conditions of the auction.


10. What is the auction timeline?

Knowing the auction’s start and end times, as well as any extended bidding options, helps buyers plan their participation. On the auction platform, you’ll have access to the auction start time and date, end time and date, as well as the inspection time and date. Equipment inspections are by appointment only in most cases so you’ll want to make sure you reach out to the auction house to set up a time for you to view the machine you’re interested in. Always read the terms and conditions of every online equipment auction you attend. There, you’ll find timelines for when you can expect an invoice for any machine you’ve won, when payment is due, as well as when you can pick up your newly-acquired equipment. 


As online equipment auctions continue to grow each year, you can feel confident before, during, and after an auction whether you’re a seasonsed veteren or a first-time buyer. Not only will you have the knowledge of what to expect and what to look for, but you’ll have a chance at securing quality used industrial equipment from top manufacturers at a competitive price. 


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