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Inspection tips: five things to look for when buying a used truck tractor.

Posted by IronPlanet on Nov 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Truck drivers depend heavily on their trucks. It's their livelihood and, for long-haul drivers, it can be their home away from home. This extremely interdependent relationship between drivers and their trucks quickly turns even the greenest of drivers into truck experts.

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Topics: Trucks, Inspections, transport, ironplanet, 2017

IronPlanet Returns to Houston for the First Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction of 2017

Posted by IronPlanet on Jan 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM

On-Site Event Featured Sellers Include Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders



IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, rolls in to the Houston area on Wednesday, February 1 for its first major Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction of the of the year.


This Texas event will feature hundreds of items from Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders, and other sellers. Those who cannot make the on-site auction in person can bid on the equipment of their choice with IronPlanet® LiveStreamTM, the next generation in online bidding for live, on-site auctions. Additional details on this on-site event are available at


IronPlanet was selected by Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders to help manage and sell equipment related to the major regional SH99 Grand Parkway Project in Houston, Texas, as it moved toward completion. IronPlanet was chosen for its comprehensive platform, offering fixed and negotiated price formats that compliment online and on-site auction options, returning higher ROI by matching equipment to the best formats and buyers locally and around the world.

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Topics: Trucks, Press Releases, Heavy Equipment, Cat Auction Services

IronPlanet Concludes 2016 with All-Humvee, Government Surplus, Truck and Heavy Equipment Auctions

Posted by IronPlanet on Dec 15, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Over 300 Humvees available to the public, including the USMC Model M1123 


GovPlanet to feature additional government surplus equipment and IronPlanet to hold equipment and trucks sales in end-of-year online events



IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, today announced that its GovPlanet marketplace will hold its last “All-Humvee” online auction of the year, featuring US Army and US Marine Corps Humvee vehicles on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.


Building upon the momentum and growth of GovPlanet, the sale will include a wide assortment of US Army Humvees. Further, GovPlanet is featuring an opportunity for civilians to purchase a US Marine Corps M1123 Humvee. These specialty units are demilitarized and outfitted for sports and outdoor enthusiasts.


IronPlanet will also host multiple “end-of-year” online auctions, including a government surplus sale on GovPlanet on Wednesday, December 21 and a construction equipment and trucks sale on IronPlanet and its TruckPlanet marketplace on Thursday, December 22. The sales will include late-model, low-hour equipment and trucks.


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Topics: Trucks, Press Releases, Government Surplus, Heavy Equipment

IronPlanet's TruckPlanet Featured in FleetOwner Magazine

Posted by IronPlanet on Nov 14, 2016 6:00:00 AM

IronPlanet launches new service for fleets, partners with veterans' charity


Online used equipment marketplace IronPlanet has launched Fleet Services to allow easier bulk purchasing in conjunction with its TruckPlanet marketplace.


The services allow buyers to purchase multiple trucks in a single or batch transaction easily and affordably, according to IronPlanet. With access to over $200 million in Class 8 and other trucks, Fleet Services and IronPlanet Truck Locator especially target the needs of multi-unit and fleet buyers in the trucking space.

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Topics: Trucks, In the News

IronPlanet® and TruckPlanet® Launch Fleet Services Offerings Featuring Powerful New IronPlanet Truck Locator for Multi-Truck Purchases

Posted by IronPlanet on Nov 10, 2016 6:00:00 AM

New Fleet Services Uniquely Addresses the Needs of Buyers Looking to Quickly and Economically Purchase Multiple Trucks in a Single or Batch Transaction

 IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, in conjunction with its TruckPlanet marketplace, today launched Fleet Services featuring IronPlanet Truck Locator. With access to over $200 million in Class 8 and other trucks, Fleet Services, and particularly IronPlanet Truck Locator, will uniquely meet the needs of multi-unit and fleet buyers.


“IronPlanet and its TruckPlanet marketplace have become go-to destinations for the disposition and purchase of quality used heavy equipment and trucks,” said Paul Blalock, Vice President, Truck Sales, IronPlanet. “With our new Fleet Services program, and IronPlanet Truck Locator, we are now also the destination for fleet buyers of all sizes. If you want to buy one late-model sleeper or daycab, that’s great and we have what you want, but now if you want to buy 25 matched trucks that are all trade-term ready, IronPlanet Truck Locator will help you manage or grow your fleet quickly, easily and economically all at once.”


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Topics: Trucks, Press Releases

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

Trucking Tuesday - Five Apps Truckers Love, and Lots of Trucks in October 13 Auction

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 11, 2016 5:00:00 PM

With an outstanding selection of clean, well-maintained trucks from the Walmart fleet as well as Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks available for bid this October 13, it's no wonder IronPlanet staff are thinking about roads. And gas. And weather. And since we are an online auction, we think about technology and how our buyers use it.

Mobile apps have made huge inroads into our everyday lives, and that extends to how work is done. Out on the road, drivers rely on their cell phones to book and bid on loads, check the weather, find gas prices and traffic conditions, and do paperwork. Many apps also help improve drivers' quality of life by connecting them with family and friends as well as streaming audio and video.

Here are five apps for professional truckers, gathered from comments on trucking websites. IronPlanet does NOT receive kickbacks for the apps mentioned in this list. If you have a favorite app, please share your knowledge in the comments below! 

And be sure to review IronPlanet's outstanding selection of trucks, equipment, and more in the in October 13 auction.

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Topics: Trucks

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

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