United Rentals Highlights Important Considerations When Purchasing Used Equipment

United Rentals, a construction and industrial equipment rental provider, shares eight considerations when purchasing used, lower cost construction equipment.

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Think beyond the purchase

  • Equipment servicing: An ongoing equipment servicing program that includes professional inspections, preventative maintenance and repairs by expert technicians can be an efficiency strategy for equipment owners. 
  • Training: Operator training on equipment is important both for worker well-being and worksite productivity. Training formats have evolved to accommodate worker availability and a choice of instruction methods.
  • Warranty: Consider bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage options to safeguard your equipment investment and minimize any disruptions. 

Confirm the quality 

  • Maintenance history: Regularly-maintained equipment is likely to perform more reliably. Ask to see a machine’s detailed maintenance history before you buy it.
  • Inspection: The benefit to viewing equipment in person is that it gives you the opportunity to do a visual inspection prior to purchase. 
  • Consider use hours more than age: Check the hour meter and compare the annual usage to an industry benchmark for that type of equipment. Also take into account how you plan to use the equipment and the worksite environment as factors.


Buy the right model at the right time

  • Financing: Financing enables a buyer to manage the purchase cost of the equipment over time, and should cover all equipment-related costs, including warranty and freight. 
  • Tax savings: Consider purchasing the equipment before year-end for potential tax savings. Consult with a tax advisor for more information. 

The company will host its Blue Thursday Equipment Sale on Nov. 19 where customers can browse used equipment at special discounts, originally sourced from top-tier manufacturers. COVID-19 safety measures will be enforced. 

For more information on participating locations, visit the Blue Thursday page on UnitedRentals.com.

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