If you’ve ever spent any time on Craiglist or other forums like it, you know that it is a mix of great deals, shady characters, and outright scams. You can find good prices on used equipment and products, but it is a “buyer beware” situation. This is even truer when it comes to sewer equipment.
Construction and repairs can be expensive, so it makes sense that people would turn to places like Craigslist to save some money. However, the building or sewer that you are working on is a big investment. The machine used to maintain or make repairs is probably not the best area to cut corners. You might save money today, but when the item fails, you could be stuck dropping a lot of money on repairs. Additionally (and more importantly) people can be injured and property damaged when sewer and plumbing equipment fails.
The same thing that makes Craigslist attractive is what makes it dangerous. The site isn’t regulated much at all, which allows for people to make deals and offer items and services you may not find elsewhere. Unfortunately, this also means that Craigslist is full of scams, fake listings, or worse. When it comes to sewer equipment, you need to be a smart consumer and protect yourself. Knowing what options are available is key.
There are options like Rock Equipment if you are looking for used sewer equipment. They are trustworthy and stand behind their product. But if you buy a piece of used equipment from an unscrupulous scammer, you can only guess what kind of junk you’re going to get. When you are looking for used sewer equipment, you need to know exactly what you’re getting, and it is much too risky to buy it off of Craigslist.
When you get a used jetter from someone online, they can tell you that it works, even if there are underlying problems that may damage the machine or cause it to break down. Worse still, is if your equipment breaks, the previous owner isn’t obligated to do anything to help. Due to this level of uncertainty, it’s often wise to budget at least 10 to 12 grand just to account for repairs when buying an old unit online; you might not know that the pump needs to be rebuilt until it’s already broken, and no one wants to be in that situation.
Sometimes buying online from strangers seems worth it if it’s a rock-bottom deal, even accounting for repairs. But those instances are rare, making buying any used sewer equipment a gamble. Ill-maintained or malfunctioning machinery can cause serious harm to operators which have to be considered if you’re using the internet to shop for pre-owned trucks and trailers.
On the other hand, buying used equipment from a dealership offers benefits that you simply can’t get elsewhere. Purchasing from a reputable dealer means the machine will be properly tested and guaranteed to function. You don’t need to worry about rebuilding the pump or replacing the blower if your machine came from a dealer. Dealers are knowledgeable about the equipment they sell. That knowledge means they’ll help with part and product care should you need it after the sale. This long term relationship between dealerships and buyers ensures that if you need help with your used bucket machine or pre-owned jetter trailer later down the road, your dealer can help get you up and running again.
Sewage systems and equipment involve so many parts, that even one bad part can cause major issues. You need to make sure what you buy is up to the specifications that you require. A cheap price on Craigslist can cost you much more in damage, repairs, and injuries.
As stated above, there are places you can buy used equipment that is reliable and affordable. You can shop online or in-person at sites like Rock Equipment. Things you’ll find at Rock Equipment that you won’t find on Craigslist or any other online forum includes financing, rental options, as well as service and support.
Additionally, at Rock Equipment you’ll find trust and reliability. Before we turn it over to the consumer, all vehicles and equipment at Rock Equipment are fully serviced and tested by certified mechanics. We want to make sure that what we sell is in great shape and up to the task. Once the sale is made, the service doesn’t stop there. Rock Equipment has a team of field service technicians available to help after rental or purchase of the equipment on the rare occasion something happens. The team can come to your location and provide any maintenance or assistance you may need.
We know that sewer equipment isn’t something that people can just decide to buy at a drop of a hat, and that is why Rock Equipment offers a couple of financing options. You can choose from a traditional rental program, a fleet renewal program, a rent-to-purchase program, and an equipment leasing program. The sewer equipment experts at Rock Equipment want to make sure that you have the best equipment available, allowing you to do your best work. Contact Rock Equipment today to learn more about our sewer equipment and financing programs.