As you look at different options to get the equipment you need to either expand or keep up with the competition, you may look into leasing used equipment. If you can operate used equipment, this may be a great option for you since it is much cheaper and you do not pay for the expensive first few years. Financing used equipment is a little different than financing new equipment and as you look into equipment financing companies there are several things you should be aware of.
First of all make sure that the equipment financing company actually offers used equipment loans. Due to the increased paperwork and effort in financing used equipment, inventory and dealing with agents and older equipment, many financing companies do not offer used equipment loans. Look for a company that not only does loans on used equipment but sells equipment from their inventory. This could help on lease terms and financing options if they want to get rid of some of their inventory.
Make sure the company isn’t too rigid on their loan terms and don’t have too many restrictions. Some companies have strict rules on the financing used equipment. They may only make loans on equipment that is 5 years old or newer, less than 100,000 miles or limit the terms to 36 months or less. You business or needs may not fit into the companies criteria. If they can’t meet your needs there are companies that can. Each company is different and may be in different financial situations. You are trying to build a relationship with the finance company and they should be able to meet your needs.
Choose an equipment financing company that doesn’t use a third party appraisal. This is especially true for loans under 150,000. The company should be familiar enough with the equipment that they would not need to get a third party appraisal and more importantly have you pay for the appraisal. You should be able to effectively convey to the condition of the equipment so that the appraisal isn’t necessary.