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How to purchase municipal equipment??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by CK82, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. CK82

    CK82 Senior Member
    Messages: 185

    Hey guys, a larger snow plow contractor I know of, purchases various equipment from municipals (loaders, dump trucks, etc.)

    Have any of your purchased municipal equipment and if so how to I go about finding equipment and purchasing?

    Thanks!
     
  2. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Auctions...
     
  3. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Govdeals.com is a good place to start.
     
  4. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    here are 4 sites i use:
    govdeals.com
    usgovbid.com
    ironplanet.com
    govliquidation.com
     
  5. CK82

    CK82 Senior Member
    Messages: 185

    Thanks for the website links and info. I have purchased a skid loader from Ironplant a few years back, transaction went well.

    How or where do I find Auctions to attend? Whether there online or a physical location I would have to be in person.

    Anyone purchased through Richtie Bro's Auctions?

    Thank!
     
  6. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    when my town gets ride of there stuff they just park it in a certain area but a a banner from the street beside listing in paper and have a sealed bid auction
     
  7. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

  8. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    That's how most of the towns in my area do it to. Maine DOT has a big yard they bring all of their "old" equipment to and they auction it off twice a year after they let municipalities and non profit groups have first dibs on it.
     
  9. Team_Arctic

    Team_Arctic Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    Watch the state and local news papers for sealed bid requests. Stop at the local shop and ask them when they will be sending off the next item, where is it going. Also watch to see who is building the new trucks for them. Alot of the old stuff gets traded in to the body builder. For the equipment side of things it depends on your local govs money position. If they run a tighter ship they may own their stuff and keep it a long long time. If they have a little more money there is s good chance they are on a lease program with deere,cat,komatsu ect. Then you need to make friends with your salesman and find out when the next batch of lease returns are comming.