Are you thinking of buying a used agricultural machine, tractor or combine harvester from abroad or within the country? We have some tips for you that will help you check the actual condition of the machine, verify the seller and save money.
1. Serial number
Ask the seller for a photo of the type plate, which shows the serial number of the machine. This number will allow you to check the exact data and history of the machine.
2. Database of stolen vehicles
It is worth checking the legal status of a given tractor or combine. You can do this at the police who have access to the lost items database in the Schengen area. You will need the machine’s identification numbers.
3. Detailed photos and a video
Ask the seller for detailed photos that will allow you to look at important elements. Also ask for a video and you will see if the machine works properly. It will also allow you to check whether the seller is the actual owner of the machine and has it in stock.
4. Advertising websites
On websites with advertisements, check how long the seller is a user of the website – this is possible, for example, at Agriaffaires. Companies that have been adding ads for several years will be more trustworthy than those that have been available on them for several months.
Prices for the same models of agricultural machinery vary depending on the production year, hours and condition. If the price is extremely low, ask the seller why this is the case. Answers like ‘sale’ or ‘warehouse cleaning’ should light a red light. Ask for the price of transport. Companies that have been providing agricultural machinery for many years, have developed relationships with transport companies and offer favourable prices and high quality of services.
6. See yourself
Come and check the condition of the machine, alone or with the help of an external company. The seller should enable the machine to be turned on and show how it works.
7. Check the documents
Depending on the country in which you will be using the agricultural machine, different rules will apply regarding the entry and registration of the machine. It is worth noting that regulations in some European Union countries do not allow combines to be registered, while in others they require it. For registration you will need a registration certificate for an agricultural machine, but combines from a country where a farmer cannot register a combine will not have such documents. In such a situation, the seller may issue a certificate of non-registration and explain why the combine has not been registered.