When it comes to equipment transportation, especially when bought from actions or other non-traditional vendor, there are several things one must consider.
But, people often overlook the obvious and focus on just a particular detail. For many this point of focus is not as important as one might think, in relation to the overall operation of equipment transportation.
After all you would think since there has some form of equipment transportation or other cargo shipping they could get it figured out by now. Just think how hard it is to find equipment transportation services and means to get your stuff home today, imagine what it was like 20 years ago.
When it comes to equipment transportation, things have changed since the days of negotiating at the rock quarry auction, then dragging the stone slabs across the desert to build pyramids. Or even the logistics of supporting Napoleon’s troops at Waterloo!
How about equipment transportation during the westward expansion of the United States? People would buy from second and auctions all the time, but often it wasn’t getting it transported across town. No, it was hundreds or even thousands of miles.
Do you know the one thing that remains constant, well besides change? Nothing! That’s right, as technology pushes us forward we still face the same issues as the pyramid builders did.
After you win the bid you still have issues to address. These include reliable means of equipment transportation, properly understood purchase agreements, deadlines, the weather, staffing shortages, and all those other factors that were present 5000 years ago are still here, and most likely will in the next 5000.
But in an effort to assist you with operations, here are a few things that might mitigate some of the issues. Though there are more, hopefully these 9 points of safe equipment transportation bought at auction will help.
1. Confirm the Delivery Address, Delivery Contact Person and the Contact Number
This is probably the most overlooked yet obvious mistake people make when they need to find equipment transportation. So there you were out in the hot sun or braving the thunderstorm because you were at the auction and there was this thing you just had to have.
So, after waiting hours for your item to come up, it is finally announced. You then successfully outbid the three other people who also wanted the thing. (Or they were just driving up price.) You are the winner and proud only of a one of kind new-to-you thingamajigger.
So after giving the payment and making a thousand calls you find the right equipment transportation company to haul to where it needs to go. This where the issue comes in, are you sure you gave them all the right information?
Are they certain of where it needs to go? Do they know who to contact? Does the receiving end know who is coming? Does everyone involved have a good and reliable means contacting each other in the event something was to happen?
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The answer must be a yes! There is no one to blame but yourself if you didn’t give out the correct information on delivery address, delivery contact person and the phone number.
Same goes for no matter what you purchase in life, which needs to be delivered to you! Regardless if it’s the new truck mud flaps or the truck you’ve purchased from the truck auction, the few items for equipping you’re trucking office or the fire truck games that you ordered. You just have to give the right address and contact information! So pay good attention on that! It’s a MUST!
2. Get the Equipment Accurate Dimensions
When it comes to equipment transportation, this is one of the overlooked details I mentioned. I mean it seems like it should be obvious. You would think that! But have you even been to a blind auction? Have you ever purchase the entire contents of a storage unit?
Another case is when you tell someone, “Go bid on this or that” they might not understand the entire process. Or, you might not be planning on buying the ‘thing’ but can’t resist.
However, the most common issue associated with equipment transportation, after the purchase of the equipment is how to get it home.
Regardless if its trucks engine, new truck tires or the whole class 8 truck, or truck equipment and truck body parts, the question will still be there: How to safely get them to their final destination?
You would be amazed at how people eyeball something and say, “That’ll fit”. Then when they arrange for the equipment transportation they find out that no, it doesn’t! But then it is too late. You already bought the thing and you already hired the equipment transportation company.
So, the smartest thing to do is to measure it because details will help in preparation of properly sized vehicle for safe equipment transportation.
If you are not the one buying it personally, hopefully they will have specs for you, but if you’re getting it from auction there is a good chance they don’t. So when possible find out few things including:
- How tall it is;
- The wideness of the equipment;
- How long it is;
- The weight of the equipment;
- How many pieces is it (and there sizes).
Now of course you might need to consider a few other things, but these are one of the key points when it comes to safe equipment transportation bought at auction.