As the owner or manager of a construction company, high capital costs will be a serious obstacle to success throughout the life of your business. From trucks to cranes to rigs to scaffolding, construction equipment is highly expensive, and is only getting costlier as time goes by. This creates a challenge for small and new construction companies, which struggle to afford all the equipment necessary to do their work safely and effectively. Used construction equipment offers an array of advantages for cash-strapped companies, allowing you to:
Reduce Purchase Prices
The initial purchase price for used equipment is far lower than that for new equipment. Depending on what specifically you are buying, you may be able to get twice as much used gear as new for the same cost. Not only does this prevent you from tying up all your money in initial purchases, but it gives you more financial flexibility to make sure you have every piece of equipment you need ahead of time. You’re thus unlikely to ever begin a construction job unprepared.
As with most vehicles, new construction equipment loses a large portion of its value the moment you take it off the lot— even if you keep it in pristine condition! When you buy used equipment, that initial depreciation will already be out of the way long before you make the purchase. As long as you make sure what you’re buying hasn’t been seriously damaged, you’ll be able to get the same quality gear without having to deal with depreciation. You can then resell it for nearly what you paid for it if you ever have to raise money or realize you don’t need the equipment.
Avoid Production Losses
When you buy new equipment, it’s often necessary to wait for weeks or even months for the manufacturer to produce and ship it. Used equipment, on the other hand, is ready to go right away. This means you will not have to pause your operations for as long, saving you from the cost of lost productivity.
Lower Leasing Expenses
Even if you plan to lease your equipment rather than purchasing it, there is still a financial advantage to choosing used. Used equipment is less expensive to lease than new equipment. This decreases the chance that you’ll have trouble keeping up with all of your payments. It also frees up more of your credit for use on emergencies and other expenses.
For more information on purchasing or leasing used equipment and other tips for cash-strapped construction businesses, contact Dimension Funding today.