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Video: Let's Have a Look at Those Fluids, Shall We? IronPlanet's Thorough Inspections

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 13, 2016 4:04:00 PM

Investing hard-earned dollars in heavy equipment is stressful; buying equipment online calls for an especially high level of trust. That's why IronPlanet devotes a great deal of time and energy to training our inspectors and developing detailed reports for the buyer. IronPlanet’s inspection program, including the company’s patented IronClad Assurance®, is built from the ground up to ensure that every inspection meets a high bar of accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Not only do IronPlanet inspectors view of every part of the machine, they take samples of the engine, transmission, and hydraulic oils to send to the lab for analysis. If problems are detected, they are reflected on the report.

Check out this video from our colleagues at IronPlanet in the UK to get a look at a Cat Auction Services event and see the inspection process every item goes through before it's made available to our buyers. 

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Topics: Heavy Equipment, Cat Auction Services

October 13 is Your Lucky Day at the IronPlanet Auction

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 12, 2016 2:52:00 PM

This week's auction falls on a date that some think is unlucky - the 13th. 

If you're a 13-phobe, you're in good company; it seems the building industry also buys into the 13 voodoo.Venerable magazine The Atlantic states that more than 80 percent of hi-rise buildings in the United States do not have a 13th floor, and the vast majority of hotels, hospitals and airports avoid using the number for rooms and gates as well.

Now that your 13 fears are validated, here's your opportunity to reverse them: go to IronPlanet's October 13 auction and bid on the Komatsu excavatorscrawler tractors, wheel loaders, and compactors that are available - over 1,500 items inspected and ready for you to purchase.

If your luck still needs a boost, look over the versatile and useful shipping containersPeterbilt, Walmart, and Kenworth trucks, dump trucks, and much more available for you to purchase.

Have no fear - IronPlanet is here to help you stretch your dollar and refresh your fleet during the October 13 auction.

View the October 13 Auction

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Topics: Trucks, Heavy Equipment

Time to Sell? Don't Stress - Use IronPlanet Technology

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 4, 2016 5:26:00 PM

So you're thinking of selling the old Cat crawler tractor. You could take pictures, email all the people you know, put an ad in the paper and online, field phone calls, be available to show it, negotiate a deal, then hang around the day the truck is supposed to come and take it away. 

Or, with one call, you could use the power of technology to gain top dollar for your item. Just tell the people at IronPlanet that you're ready to sell, then let the professionals take care of all the details for you, from evaluating and photographing the item to spreading the word far and wide via our extensive email lists and the interwebs.

IronPlanet will be in Kissimmee, Florida from February 13-17, 2017, and we are animals when it comes to selling your equipment for the highest price. Last year's event broke records:

  • More than 1,100 registered bidders onsite;
  • Online attendees topped 100,000 people from 175 countries;
  • Equipment received bids from buyers in 48 countries;
  • More than 2,350 items sold for $93.8 million in gross merchandise volume.

All you need to do is give us a call to get the ball rolling. Operators are standing by.

Red pins indicate bidders, blue pins indicate winning bidders in IronPlanet's September auctions.

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Topics: Events, Heavy Equipment, Cat Auction Services

Now You'll See More Information in Your Search - Go Bigger!

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 1, 2016 5:44:00 PM

Introducing IronPlanet's Bigger Search Experience

Prepare to have more options, better viewability, and a search that's tuned in to your specific needs with new features in IronPlanet's marketplace. We're releasing IronPlanet's updated look and improved searches so you can find the equipment you need quickly. 

Search Results That Are Easier to Read

In response to customer feedback, we're updating our site to make buying even easier. Previously, search results were shown in a grid layout. We learned that losing your place is a common problem with long, vertical columns of text, so we made reading search results easier by replacing the grid format with a more eye-pleasing list display.

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Topics: Trucks, Heavy Equipment

That Looks Like My Tractor: Stolen Items and How to Protect Your Assets

Posted by IronPlanet on Sep 28, 2016 2:43:21 PM

Easy pickings and a smooth disposal process. High profits. Worldwide, clandestine markets. It sounds like a pitch for joining a drug cartel, but these are some of the reasons heavy machinery is frequently stolen by small-time thieves as well as more sophisticated crime operations.

Equipment is stolen for the simple reason that the reward for the thief is greater than the risk taken. Small pieces like tractors are easily boosted, and heavy equipment has little security, either on the piece itself or in the place it's parked. There's also the time lapse: when a car is stolen, it's realized within hours or even minutes of the theft. When a dozer is parked on a Friday night, it's idle for the weekend. Its disappearance may not be discovered for days or even weeks, creating a big window of time for its disposal.

Since 2001, The National Equipment Register (NER) and National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has published an annual report on equipment theft in the United States. The findings are based primarily on data the NICB drew from the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) database of more than 10,000 construction and farm equipment thefts, and information reported to ISO ClaimSearch.® We've condensed some of the information in the following infographic, but you can download the complete report by going to this website - it's concise and well laid-out.

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Topics: Trucks, Heavy Equipment, Equipment Maintenance

Make BIG Upgrades With IronPlanet's End-of-Quarter Two-Day Auction

Posted by IronPlanet on Sep 26, 2016 3:30:00 PM

The end of the third quarter is here; now is the time to assess what's left in your 2016 budget and determine your fleet's health and well-being. Are there units you've needed to purchase that have languished in the "hold" column until now? Funds left in your 2016 capital budget (that is about to disappear), can help you spruce up your fleet heading into 2017.

IronPlanet's two-day end-of-quarter sale beginning Thursday, September 29 will cross marketplaces: government surplus including military trucks, oilfield equipment, excavators, skid loaders, compactors, tools, attachments, and more. Check out the 420 backhoes and vibratory drum compactors from the Quinn fleet; well-cared-for Freightliner Cascadia 125 T/A Conventional trucks from Walmart, or this 2013 Kenworth T800 T/A Conventional Day Cab.

Go BIG for two days - you can do it!  This huge auction has over 3,000 items that are inspected, online, and available now to preview. 

 View the End of Quarter Sale

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Topics: Trucks, Auctions, Mining, Oil & Gas, Heavy Equipment

Truck Tuesday: Six Tips to Maximize Your ROI

Posted by IronPlanet on Sep 26, 2016 10:18:00 AM

Maximize Your ROI When Buying and Selling Used Trucks Online

Paul Blalock, Vice President, Sales, IronPlanet

Every seller wants a great return on their truck investment and every buyer wants to get a good deal. Understanding when to buy or sell and how to take advantage of an online marketplace can make for a low-cost, safe and efficient transaction. Here are a few tips for maximizing returns:  

Assess your Current Business Goals  

Analyze your upcoming business needs and be sure your current fleet supports it. Will you need all of your equipment this season or down the road? You might find that you need to augment what you have or that it might be economical to sell today and buy again later. Disposing of unneeded units now means you’ll have funds at the ready for other investments. If you employ that cash better now, you can pick up a used truck at a later date. 

Know the State of the Used Truck Market 

Always keep current on the economy and the truck marketplace in general before deciding to add or subtract from your truck inventory. If selling, you want to ensure that there is solid demand. If buying, a soft market means more good trucks to choose from at competitive prices. You might buy before the need arises, but getting a good deal allows you to put the extra money into make-ready.

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Topics: Trucks, Heavy Equipment

It's the Season to Go BIG: Deal of the Day and End-of-Quarter at IronPlanet

Posted by IronPlanet on Sep 23, 2016 1:48:00 PM

We're telling you this because we care. At some point this weekend, you're going to walk into a store and see holiday stuff, and we don't mean Halloween pumpkins, because that would be OK. No, you're going to see pine trees and little sweet reindeer and lots of ornaments. We know - you haven't even unpacked your camping gear from Labor Day yet, and you're faced with holiday stuff. It's wrong in so many ways.

IronPlanet feels your pain. Here's an idea: cheer yourself up by checking out the used heavy equipment in IronPlanet's Deal of the Day event, happening Monday, September 26 through Friday, September 30. After that, take a look at the 3,000 plus items in the cross-marketplace, two-day end-of-quater sale beginning Thursday, September 29.

Show Me the Deal of the Day

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Topics: Trucks, Auctions, Mining, Oil & Gas, Heavy Equipment

Equipment Making Headlines - Yellow Iron on Sale from the Belo Monte Dam Project

Posted by IronPlanet on Sep 22, 2016 10:28:00 AM

Brazil, a country not known for being an introvert, is currently building Belo Monte Dam, the world's biggest hydropower plant in the Amazon basin.

Day and night, some 20,000 laborers are working at the Xingu river, digging a canal about 12 miles long to funnel water to the site of the main power plant. (According to Forbes magazine, "the vast majority of workers building the Belo Monte dam say labor conditions are good to excellent.") At the plant, dozens of excavators dig down through about 230 feet of rock. When complete (projected to be 2019) Brazil will have the world’s third-largest hydroelectric dam. Norte Energia, the managing firm, has hired a second tier of Brazil’s big construction companies to complete the project.

Everything about Belo Monte is BIG, from its $14.4 billion price tag to the earthworks— enough rock and soil excvated to fill the Panama Canal. And there's this. (Warning: this video freaked out the Terminator, Bruce Lee, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)

IronPlanet has been selected to sell construction equipment from the Belo Monte Dam project. From dump trucks to crawler tractors and compactors to excavators and off-road trucks, IronPlanet plans to sell the equipment through its high visibility Daily Marketplace. All of the equipment is backed by IronPlanet’s IronClad Assurance® equipment condition certification, which assures buyers of an accurate representation of equipment condition so they can buy with confidence. All logistics and transportation details will be handled with the help of our experts at Soimpex and Roll Logistics

View the Equipment in Brazil

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Topics: Trucks, Heavy Equipment

Go BIG Up North at IronPlanet's Edmonton, AB Auction Sept. 21

Posted by IronPlanet on Sep 20, 2016 6:10:00 PM

Place your PriorityBid now for equipment to be auctioned at tomorrow’s Cat Auction Services online sale in Edmonton, AB on September 21. This exciting auction features over 500 items including compact tract loaders, compactors, and more. All items are now available to view, along with our IronClad Assurance inspection reports.

View the Edmonton auction, eh?

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Topics: Trucks, Heavy Equipment

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