Tips For Selling Used Machinery Online

Maintenance and CareSo you want to sell your used machine?? It’s really not as complicated as it may seem. With the help of, the most difficult part may be getting the pictures from camera to computer.

Below is a step-by-step guide to selling any used machine.

1)? Give the machine a thorough cleaning.

It may seem like an irrelevant step but no one wants to buy a crud-encrusted (insert machine here). Though you may just want to get rid of that thing taking up floor space, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. What would you want to see if you were buying this machine? Remember, humans like shiny things.

Though it may be fifty years old, make it look twenty and you’re bound to attract more attention and perhaps command a higher price.


2)? For vehicles and heavy equipment (i.e., trencher, backhoe, skid steer, etc.), gather all of the important legal and descriptive information.

Selling any vehicle or piece of heavy equipment requires transfer of title. As such, you’ll need the following:

1)? Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) for vehicles and serial numbers for heavy equipment.

2)? Mileage/Hours

3)? Additional Features or Accessories – Does truck have front-mounted, battery-powered winch?? Does the backhoe have extra attachments?

4)? Are there any conditions, problems, or issues that should be mentioned?


3)? Take some pictures.

benchtop milling machineMaybe that should be, “Take A LOT of pictures.”? Don’t be afraid to get creative; you’re not wasting film.

Photograph the machine from every logical angle and configuration you can think of – all four sides, top, bottom (maybe you can leave that one out unless it’s relevant), interior, power on, power off, boom extended, dump bed raised, machine in operation, close-ups of important controls, aerial views, machine with bikini-clad model (send those to my personal? e-mail), whatever you can think of.

Even if you don’t use but one in your listing, potential buyers may want to get a closer look at what you have to sell since they can’t (in most cases) physically come and see the machine.


4)? Assemble all paperwork associated with the machine to be sold.

Go through your files and gather every piece of paper related to the machine in question:? instructions, spec sheets, warranties, repair/maintenance records, manufacturer contact information, operation records, drawings your kids did of their beloved CNC Lathe, the more the better.

This is an important step because potential buyers don’t want to have to go searching the dark corners of the interweb to find an obscure spec sheet for their newly-purchased automatic chucker. Like step number one, including all necessary paperwork makes the machine shiny and appealing.

You’re also going to need the information found on that paperwork for step six…unless you’ve got a really, really good memory.


5)? Use to list your machine for sale.

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? ? ? ? ? ?? It’s easy. Don’t be afraid…it won’t bite.

Just point, click, and follow the on-screen instructions.


6)? Write a detailed description.

Don’t be that guy who just writes, “Riveting machine for sale,” in the description.? We know it’s a riveting machine and we know it’s for sale. As potential buyers, we need more than that. Remember that pile of paperwork you assembled that it teetering on the corner of your desk?

Put it to good use before it topples and injures your miniature schnauzer. Relevant information includes stock code, year of manufacture, manufacturer name, serial number, ranges of operation, model, size, weight, included equipment, and anything else you can think of. Again, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes.

The more information you can provide, the more attractive your machine will look to potential buyers.


7)? Set your terms of sale.

??????????? Are you going to pay for freight? Is the buyer going to pay for freight? Are you going to deliver the equipment yourself? Does the buyer need to arrange for its transport? Do you ship internationally? What payment method(s) will you accept?

Will you load the machine onto the pickup vehicle? Will the machine be boxed or unboxed? Palletized or not? Information, information, information. Cover all bases in your listing and you’ll avoid headaches later.


8)? Sit back and watch the offers roll in.

That’s it!? While I’m still trying to get the pictures off my camera, you’ve finished listing your machine for sale.

There will likely be questions from potential buyers but that’s good!? It means you followed all the steps above, produced an awesome listing, and can now reap the rewards.? Happy selling!

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