How to Buy a Used Bulldozer
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If you're starting a construction business, already have an established business in need of more equipment or want to work on a heavy-duty outdoor project, buying a used bulldozer can save you money. Finding a used bulldozer is a relatively easy and stress-free task, as long as a few key things are kept in mind.
Figure out your equipment needs. Whether you need a mini bulldozer or one that can handle huge tasks, knowing your needs is essential for determining your budget, which may range from $2,000 to $40,000. Of course, smaller bulldozers cost less than larger ones.
Find a way to transport the bulldozer to your place of business or work site. In most cases, you will be required to transport the bulldozer. If you do not have access to a truck with the equipment to haul a bulldozer, you can rent trucks from local construction companies.
Search on an online auction site, such as eBay. To avoid having to enter a bidding war, filter your searches to include only those auctions that are "Buy it now."
Ensure that the bulldozer you're buying is appropriate for your needs. Some of them will require repairs; if you want one that is in good working condition and not in need of repair, read the auction ad carefully.
Call around to local construction companies to see if they have used equipment they want to sell. This is a good idea for those who do not want to bid online, and it provides a local source of bulldozers, possibly saving transportation costs. For a small fee, the company may even deliver the bulldozer to you.