Equipment Appraisal Blog | Understanding Machinery Appraisals

Why equipment appraisals are helpful when going through property tax appeals

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Maybe you've been avoiding opening that envelope or are still in denial about how much you seem to owe.

When it comes to property taxes, getting a bad appraisal can mean a lot of extra time spent dealing

with government bureaucracy. But what if you could get a tool that would provide positive proof of your equipment values and help ensure you come out on the right side of your property tax appeals? An equipment appraisal can provide you with the documentation you need to make it happen.

Why equipment appraisals are helpful when going through property tax appeals

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When you get a bad property tax assessment, it can be very frustrating. Many people choose not to fight a bad assessment because they think the tax assessor knows more about their equipment values than they do. However, let's take a quick look at the tax assessor's job:

  • As with virtually all government agencies, the tax assessor's office is under pressure to raise values. Why? Raising property value increases the funds available for the government budget, including the tax assessor's staff, salary, benefits and office needs.
  • The assessor is required to assess a wide range of property, including homes, raw land, farms, manufactured homes, vehicles, boats, RVs, rental properties, business properties, tools, industrial equipment - you name it, a tax assessor has probably tried to value it at some point or another.
  • Because of this broad approach to property values, it can be very easy for the assessor to make a mistake. Maybe they looked up the wrong trim level on your construction truck, found the wrong model number for your metal shop tools or thought that the injection equipment you own is five years old instead of fifteen. 

So how do you fight a bad tax appraisal? By providing proof of how much the equipment is actually worth. But before you head out to your local dealership, you'll want to bear in mind that they may also have a specific interest in estimating your equipment in one direction or another. If they want to sell you new machinery, they may tell you your existing machinery is worthless or drive up the value if they're trying to sell you a new model and want to make your trade look good.

The best option to look at when you're trying to prove your equipment values is by hiring an independent certified equipment appraiser. When you go this route, you can rest assured that the appraiser works with equipment like yours on a regular basis. They've been trained to use methodologies that hold up well to scrutiny in legal, financial, insurance and tax agency circles. The report they develop can stand up in an appeal, allowing you to pay a fair property tax on your equipment rather than an incorrect figure determined by your local tax assessment agency.

By including an equipment valuation as part of your property tax appeals process, you can ensure that you're providing solid documentation of what your machinery is actually worth rather than the tax assessor's opinion on the matter. If you do decide to use an equipment appraisal as part of your property tax appeal toolkit, remember to use a certified equipment appraiser to ensure your appraisal report will stand up to strong scrutiny in the process.

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How to Incorporate Equipment Appraisal in Asset Risk Management

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 @ 09:21 PM

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When you're trying to develop a solid asset risk management approach for your company, it can seem as though you're facing more numbers and possibilities than ever. But have you considered incorporating your equipment appraisals into your process? Machinery valuation provides you with a range of information on your assets to help you decide how to best protect them. Here's how:

How to Incorporate Equipment Appraisal in Asset Risk Management

Risk management, by definition, is restricting the amount of risk you're subjecting yourself to, either personally or professionally. Asset risk management is an extension of that. Though it's a somewhat involved process, it helps mitigate risk to your business' assets, including your equipment. 

To determine how much money you're risking with specific operations, it's important to start by knowing how much your equipment is worth. Another area of knowledge you should keep in mind is the equipment's expected useful remaining lifespan. As an example, let's look at the value of a few different machines:

  • A new bulldozer that is financed and is costing the company a significant portion of their monthly income.
  • An older extruding machine that has been fully depreciated, but is expected to continue working for many more years to come.
  • An old metal lathe that still has some value but is nearing the end of its life cycle.

In these examples, you'd want to take very few risks with the bulldozer and moderate risks with the other two. Why would you worry about risks to a fully depreciated or worn out machine? Because the value they may still possess. It's much easier to guess at the value of the bulldozer, but the extruding machine may have value in its production role. The metal lathe may still have value if it's sold to pay off part of a piece of replacement machinery.

But with the two older machines, how do you determine value? This is one of the areas where equipment appraisal can be an extremely valuable tool to determining the equipment's exposure to risk and your overall asset portfolio. We've all seen equipment that has been fully depreciated using a standardized tax table, but continues to contribute to your business' profitability, whether it's an older spray foam truck, ancient table saw that just keeps going or an aging computer system that runs your ready mix plant.

When an equipment appraisal is performed by a certified appraiser, they use a range of methodologies that have been proven in legal, insurance, tax and financial industries. Because they deal with equipment on a daily basis, they're able to look at exactly what the equipment is, how widely it's used in other industries, the expected usable life span remaining and market conditions to calculate the exact equipment value. Though it may be more or less than what you see machinery sell for, the appraisal numbers will hold up because of the standardized calculations used by professional appraisers.

When you take the time to incorporate your equipment appraisal report into your asset risk management process, you'll quickly see results that help improve your company's overhead and profitability. Make sure the equipment appraiser you're working with is certified, to ensure you're getting a quality report that gives you a fair value for your assets, then use that information to build a better approach to risk management in your company.

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5 Things to Look for in a Crane Appraisal

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 @ 02:54 PM

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Your equipment is only as valuable as its appraised value, whether you're trying to sell a crane at auction, write off a business purchase on your taxes, or estimate the value of equipment damage. Learn 5 things to look for when selecting a crane appraisal firm or individual who can accurately value your crane. 

1.  ASA certification 

It's always important to make sure that any appraiser you select is certified by the American Society of Appraisers or ASA. The ASA offers a Machinery & Technical Specialties (MTS) designation, which denotes appraisers with particular knowledge of machinery and heavy equipment. When you're getting a crane appraised, look for an appraiser with this designation to enjoy full confidence you're getting an expert on cranes. Additionally, consider an appraiser who belongs to the Association of Machinery and Equipment Appraisers or a comparable organization. Membership in this organization suggests both firsthand knowledge of heavy equipment and professional expertise in its appraisal. 

2. Knowledge of heavy equipment

Appraisers specialize in different industries and items. You wouldn't approach a rare books appraiser and expect them to provide an accurate value for your construction crane or vice versa. Never compromise on this point: To obtain a useful value, whether you want to sell your crane or make an insurance claim for damage, you need an appraiser who understands the value of your equipment via firsthand knowledge of cranes like yours. If you hire a general appraiser, they may be able to run an internet search or check in a book to provide a rough estimate of value. However, they cannot accurately account for the value of specific attachments or assess the impact of damage on the crane's utility. 

3. Knowledge of the industry

In addition to hiring an appraiser who really knows cranes, it's smart to hire someone who accurately understands your industry. Like real estate, any commodity is only as hot as the market at the time you want to sell. If the construction industry is in a slump, your crane will find few buyers at auction. You may need to sell for less to get rid of the equipment, or hang onto the old machinery until circumstances approve. An experienced appraiser can walk you through the market, industry and timing as they pertain to equipment value. 

4. Solid network of contacts 

You'll realize the biggest benefit if you hire an appraiser who has a rich network. Whether you need to sell the crane quickly at auction or get damaged equipment serviced, a highly connected appraiser can refer you to the right people. This may make all the difference between selecting an auction house that specialize in heavy equipment -- where your crane will go fast and for a fair price -- and ending up with a bad fit where you don't get the results you seek. 

5. Strong communications skills 

After all the above criteria have been satisfied, select an appraiser who has demonstrated strong communications skills. It's important to get an accurate appraisal, but it's also beneficial that you comprehend why your crane has a certain value and what factors affect this value. This way, you can understand what maintenance tasks are vital if you wish to sell the crane. An appraiser with good communication skills will be able to break down this information for you in clear language, so you know your next steps. 

Once you've found someone who meets all 5 criteria, you can schedule your appraisal with confidence. 

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Weather market changes with an industrial equipment appraisal

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

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If you spend any time looking at the news, you're probably noticing the same thing we are - the more the news says, the more uncertain the market looks. How do you make smart business decisions when the market seems to be in a constant state of flux? Surprisingly, an industrial equipment appraisal may help. But how does knowing the value of your industrial equipment help your business get through these changes in the market? We thought you'd never ask:

Weather market changes with an industrial equipment appraisal

  • A poor economy tends to cause a related rise in crime. Having an equipment appraisal helps ensure that you can recover the full value of your equipment from your insurance company when you have a theft at your business.
  • A poor economy also increases the number of people who are homeless. We've all heard horror stories about a squatter's fire getting out of control and burning down any number of buildings in the area. A machinery valuation can prove the value of your equipment even if it isn't performed until after a loss.
  • Of course, a good economy means governments want to raise taxes. Have you ever received a property tax assessment that was so high as to be completely ridiculous? A machinery appraisal proves the value of the machinery using standardized methodologies that have stood the test of time.
  • Tax increases also provide the opportunity for tax deductions when you donate your industrial machinery to a worthy cause. But how do you know how much the donation is worth? Having an appraisal performed provides rock solid documentation of the value of the equipment you've donated.
  • Are you considering expanding your business? When the economy was doing poorly when the housing bubble burst, new regulations came into effect to tighten access to business loans. Having your equipment valued provides you with documentation so you can use your equipment - and only the right amount of equipment - as collateral to secure a loan for expansion.
  • When the economy is recovering, it's very tempting to upgrade your industrial machinery so you can increase production, improve quality and similar concerns. When you have a machinery appraisal, you know exactly what you can get for your old equipment to help finance the purchase of the upgraded machinery.
  • If you're ready to expand your business but have sticker shock over the cost of new equipment, have you looked at used machinery? Having an equipment appraisal on a used piece of machinery ensures you'll know what kind of conditions the equipment is in and won't have any nasty surprises.

Whatever happens with the market and economy, having an industrial equipment appraisal can help you keep your business running smoothly. But where should that appraisal come from? Though you could get a quote from a local dealer, their focus is selling you equipment, which will color their appraisal. They may say your equipment isn't worth much or that it's worth far more than you think it should because they want it as a trade-in. You could look in the local paper, but unless there's another business in the area selling the same equipment you are, it's not going to be an accurate assessment either. Using a certified equipment appraiser ensures that you'll receive an appraisal report that will stand up to scrutiny in legal, financial and insurance circles.

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Infrastructure Upgrades: How a Paving Equipment Appraisal Helps

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jul 04, 2017 @ 05:02 PM

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As President Trump has come into office, he's made some promises to America. Part of those promises includes a proposal for spending $1 trillion to update the US infrastructure to help boost jobs, businesses and trade. But how will this proposal impact your business? How can a paving equipment appraisal help ensure you're in a good position to take advantage of the potential growth that may come out of this initiative? Here are a few areas to consider that can help you get your business off on the right foot with these prospective spending proposals.

Infrastructure Upgrades: How a Paving Equipment Appraisal Helps

What shape is your equipment in? What is it worth? Are there better options you should be considering? What will it cost to replace that equipment? As infrastructure plans begin rolling forward, whether it's originating from President Trump's $1 trillion initiative or smaller projects, this information is vital to the success or failure of your business. Why?

If you're considering splitting your crew and building your business through multiple highway contracts, you'll need equity to secure loans for additional equipment. Your financial institution will need assurances that the machinery you're using for collateral is really worth the money they're loaning out against it. An equipment appraisal report prepared by a certified machinery appraiser uses methodologies that have been tested in the court system for decades, so they are viewed as accurate in financial circles.

What if you have an equipment failure while traffic is backed up through a construction zone or you're required to meet particular time constraints for the contract? Because an equipment appraiser spends significant amounts of time combing through paving equipment, they often recognize signs of trouble well before they would otherwise become apparent. This allows you to undertake repairs or replace the equipment before it turns into a logistical nightmare on the side of a highway.

Have there been issues of equipment theft or vandalism in your area? When you receive a paving equipment valuation, you have documentation that holds up well against scrutiny, making it ideal when you need to quickly settle an insurance claim. But what about if the vandalism or theft has already taken place? Many equipment appraisers are able to retroactively value machinery to help businesses settle an insurance claim, even without a prior record of valuation.

But what if you already have a machinery valuation in place? Though it may reflect the equipment values of the past few years, there's a good chance it won't reflect current market conditions. As infrastructure jobs become more common, that equipment's value will rise. A piece of machinery that was worth $35,000 last year may be worth $50,000 next year as scarcity and demand increases its value significantly. Wouldn't you rather know what your machinery is really worth now than what it was worth during the worst parts of the recession?

Spending $1 trillion on infrastructure may seem like a large amount, but when it comes to winning highway contracts, you know that every penny counts. Every difference in supply prices, every minute spent waiting for your crew to get in gear and every penny spent on rental equipment because you've had a break down can quickly eat into your profits, turning a highly profitable highway job into a nightmare that sinks your business. Having a paving equipment appraisal performed on your machinery can make all the difference between these two states.

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Ramp up production with a manufacturing equipment appraisal

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 @ 09:57 AM

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When you work in manufacturing, you know that customer trends and sales can be fickle at times. With the continued economic recovery, many businesses are seeing new growth, but many businesses are unsure how to respond to that growth after the depth of the last recession. How do you figure out when it's time to ramp up production and what assets you have available when it's time to invest in additional equipment, manpower or materials? Here's a quick look at how a manufacturing equipment appraisal can help the process along.

Ramp up production with a manufacturing equipment appraisal

When the market starts to shift in your company's favor, it's very tempting to purchase new equipment, upgrade your existing equipment or expand your operation for additional production. But which one is the right choice for your situation? One way to gain more insight into the issue is by having an equipment appraisal performed.

Equipment appraisals do more than simply determine the value of the machinery, though that in and of itself can be very helpful information. An experienced equipment appraiser looks at a number of factors when valuing machinery which gives you additional insight into when you should expand operations, when you should replace equipment and when simple upgrades may make the most sense. 

One area the appraiser looks at is the machinery's overall condition. Because an experienced appraiser spends time every day looking at equipment, they have a good feel for when the equipment is getting ready to fail. For this reason, they can often determine how much longer the machinery will function, also known as expected useful lifespan. If your machinery is at the end of its lifespan, you may want to replace it. If you have equipment that is fairly new but has been poorly maintained, that will impact the expected useful lifespan of that piece of machinery. If on the other hand, the ancient but well-maintained extruder you have is still in excellent condition, the appraiser may recommend you keep it in production for the foreseeable future.

Another area that is looked into is the market. Experienced appraisers have often seen the market for your sector go through changes. This allows them to estimate the value of your machinery based on market projections. They may be able to share those insights with you, saving you the expense of expanding your operations just in time for the market to downturn, leaving you with machinery that has quickly devalued with the market slowdown. If the market is expected to continue doing well for a period of time, you may be able to replace or upgrade your equipment to allow for faster or more economical production, or simply expand your production to take advantage of the steady nature of the current market.

The US economy seems to be in a solid state of recovery, with growth turning into manufacturer's higher profits. When you get a manufacturing equipment appraisal, you have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the condition and value of one of your business' biggest asset pools: your production machinery. By learning this information, you can quickly leverage that knowledge to decide whether you need to upgrade, replace or expand particular types of equipment to boost sales and profitability. The benefits of equipment appraisal give you valuable insights that help you manage your business more efficiently and with greater flexibility than ever before.

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Using a construction equipment appraisal to keep up with current trends

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @ 01:27 PM

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As the building industry rapidly evolves, are you keeping up with the changes that are happening? If you aren't, you might not have an accurate picture of how valuable your heavy machinery is in the market. Fortunately, a construction equipment appraisal can help you stay on top of changes and take advantage of growth in the market without subjecting your business to unnecessary risk. Here's how it works out:

Using a construction equipment appraisal to keep up with current trends

Current industry trends in construction primarily focus on one particular aspect of building design: efficiency. The general change in the population towards healthier living, sustainability and lower waste on construction projects mean that today's construction company must provide high-quality, sustainable products and techniques while cutting waste and the end cost of the structure to the client. But how do you keep up with these changing trends? One way is by using well-maintained equipment that holds its value well while providing years of reliable service.

But overall, the construction industry is growing both across the country and around the world. As the industry grows, what happens to the value of your construction equipment? As growth overtakes equipment production, existing equipment becomes more valuable, but to what extent? Many businesses find that having construction equipment appraised helps them understand how their equipment values change over time and how that can impact their overall asset values.

However, with this growth also comes the opportunity to replace aging equipment. But how do you decide when it's time to get rid of older construction machinery? A good equipment appraiser spends all their time looking at equipment and writing up reports on its value. This means that they generally have a good feel for how long the remaining useful life span of the equipment may be. By determining this information, you can decide whether you need to change out that older grader that is getting up in years or whether you want to hang on to the old backhoe you have on site because it's still expected to provide years of reliable service, despite its age. This means you can choose the right time to sell, trade in or donate your older equipment for your business' best interests.

When you know your equipment values, you can also make smarter business decisions. When you think that your equipment is worth more than is realistic, you're more likely to take on risky investments because you think  you have the equipment assets and collateral to back up the investment. But when that investment goes south, you'll quickly discover you don't have the assets to cover the financing you took out for the investment. Conversely, if you think your equipment is worth less than is realistic, you may be missing out on fabulous opportunities because you don't believe you have the collateral or assets to make the investment. That means you won't see the level of growth your business is capable of achieving.

By keeping on top of your equipment values, you can quickly take advantage of favorable trends to grow your business while avoiding investments that could prove too risky. Construction equipment appraisal provides you with a wealth of information about your machinery, from its expected useful remaining life to any range of different sale situations. Make sure you take the time to get this important information today to help protect your business interests.

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Using a machine shop appraisal to keep up with current trends

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 @ 10:38 AM

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If there's one thing that's true in the fabrication industry, it's that staying on top of changing market trends is vital to the overall health of your business. But how do you determine where your equipment falls, what it's worth and how you can leverage that value to upgrade your shop to the latest technology? A machine shop appraisal provides you with all the information you need and more to determine your equipment values. Here's how it works.

Using a machine shop appraisal to keep up with current trends

New welders offer an entirely new range of precision, lowering your overhead costs and reducing post-welding cleanup operations. CNC machines deliver a level of accuracy that is virtually impossible to match using traditional metal fabrication tools. Multi-axis machines allow unprecedented access to the piece in progress while providing faster production times. Additive manufacturing gives you options you'd never before considered possible for your machine shop. How do you decide which technological breakthroughs are worth your hard-earned equity and whether you can afford these new tools in the first place? What determines the value of your equipment assets?

One way to approach the issue is through a machine shop valuation. Geared at taking a solid look at the actual value of your machinery, a valuation takes a good, hard look at a number of different aspects that impact machine values. Current and projected future demand for that particular piece of equipment is taken into account, as well as the features and kits available, condition of the equipment itself and what would be involved in terms of cost when removing the equipment for use in another facility. This helps you determine what the equipment is worth to your business and whether it's time to upgrade to more advanced equipment or leave the existing equipment in place to provide additional capability in your fabrication business. 

As an example, many companies are seeing the potential of additive printing, but very few are investing in the technology at this time. However, companies that are investing in this technology are seeing huge gains in their market share for these specialty tools. Though many companies are considering purchasing a 3D printer, they're not sure whether they have the assets available to purchase one that will meet their needs. Equipment valuation can help with this situation, allowing you to determine what equipment you would need to sell or use as collateral to purchase the necessary equipment to finish fitting out your machine shop for solid technological advancement.

By getting a machine shop appraisal, you can gain insights into your overall equipment values and leverage that value to improve your fabrication company's technology assets. But many machine shops make the mistake of simply counting on their equipment broker's word on what the equipment is worth. By using a certified equipment appraiser, you can ensure that the values you receive are backed up by solid methodologies that have stood the test of time in financial, tax agency and legal circles. If you're not currently working with a certified equipment appraiser, you could be leaving money on the table when it's time to buy or sell equipment.

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Why ag advancement doesn't equal poor farm equipment appraisal values

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jun 06, 2017 @ 03:07 PM

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Farmers are the original economists. Leftover milk goes to the pigs, scraps from the kitchen feed a hungry flock of laying hens and old buckets, barrels and tarps are used time and again to help keep the farm in the black. Old equipment is repaired time and again, and with the cost of new tractors, combines and other machinery, is often considered to have poor market value. However, that's not always the case. A farm equipment appraisal can often hold a surprising amount of value, because advancement in agriculture doesn't mean your old equipment isn't maintaining its value. Here are a few insights into why this equipment often retains its value better than you may think.

Why ag advancement doesn't equal poor farm equipment appraisal values

Drones that release specific amounts of fertilizer or beneficial insects where they're needed most. Bluetooth connectivity in the cab of your John Deere tractor. Precision agriculture to levels of precision that have never been seen before. Agriculture is quickly advancing even as fewer and fewer farm kids are willing to stay on the farm to take over for aging parents. But that doesn't mean that older equipment doesn't have value. 

When it all comes down to it, today's agricultural concern is based on the perfect combination of a few specific elements: soil, climate and the farmer, who manages to work between the other two elements to ensure a successful crop, whenever possible. Having more advanced agricultural equipment doesn't make these two aspects change. For that reason, equipment that isn't as advanced still holds value.

This concept is borne out when farm equipment is appraised by a professional equipment appraiser with experience in agriculture. If your old tractor or combine are from popular lines that are known for their dependability and relatively long life, they may be worth much more than you would think. At the same time, a piece of nearly new equipment known for breakdowns and short useable lifespans may not appraise for as much as you might believe.

But where does equipment valuation fit into the picture? Most farmers can give you a good general price on what they can expect to make per acre, but often completely discount the value of the farm equipment as part of that calculation. However, much like so many expenses in other businesses, this aspect of your farm business shouldn't be overlooked. An equipment valuation performed by a certified equipment appraiser helps you get a better grip on what your farm's assets are actually worth, a necessary figure when you're projecting income or applying for insurance. When you need a loan to get through a bad crop year or two, a properly prepared appraisal report provides you with proof of value that will hold up with your financial institution.

As you can see, having older ag machinery doesn't always mean that equipment doesn't have value. A farm equipment appraisal may seem like something you could handle at the local equipment dealer, but their interests and your interests often interfere with getting a fair market value for your machinery. To get a proper equipment appraisal, you'll want to work with a certified equipment appraiser who has experience with agricultural equipment, giving them the knowledge and training to provide you with an accurate statement of value for your machinery.

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Trucking Industry Trends: How Tractor Appraisal Keeps You Ahead

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, May 30, 2017 @ 12:04 PM

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If there's one thing that always stays the same in trucking, it's that everything changes. The past few years have seen high and low fuel prices, extreme demand and complete lack of business, easy hiring and hard to find drivers. But what trends are ahead for the trucking industry? Find out how a tractor appraisal can help you keep ahead of industry trends no matter which way the market goes.

Trucking Industry Trends: How Tractor Appraisal Keeps You Ahead

  • Trucking policy is an unknown at this point. With a relatively new administration in office still shaking things up, it's really difficult to know how the industry will be impacted by policy changes. President Trump made it into office by promising to make America great again by promoting American business, which would suggest an increased demand for trucking services, but how well Congress will work with him on these issues may be another story.
  • Are you ready for Elogging? By the end of 2017, all trucking companies will need to be in compliance with the new regulations concerning these areas. This means there's a stronger demand for trucks that already have this capability, which may raise or lower your tractor values depending on whether you already have the technology in place or not.
  • Freight costs are on the rise. With our economy solidly in recovery, consumer confidence is rising. Many consumers are using this opportunity to replace items that were allowed to slide during the recession, such as appliances, vehicles, home improvements, clothing and virtually any other aspect of consumer spending. With the increased interest in buying online, shipping traffic should be strongly on the rise, raising your tractor values as more demand for shipments come through your business.
  • Get your reefers moving. With elogging putting a stronger demand on drivers' time and increased consumer demand for fresh and frozen items, the strong market for refrigerated trucking is on the rise. If you're able to put more trailers and drivers on the road to maximize your reefer fleet, you're almost certainly going to see good profits, even as fuel prices are moving their way slightly higher than in the past year or two.
  • Work together. Virtually every industry in operation today is undergoing digitization, which is leading to significantly different business models than have been used in the past. A major part of digitalization is the collaboration between your business and other logistics and supply chain businesses, forming partnerships and coalitions to reduce overall costs and increase overall consumer happiness with how a product is moved from the factory, field or farm to their home. These partnerships are focused on improving energy efficiency, reducing handling and providing superior outcomes for all involved.

When you stay ahead of your equipment values, you can ensure that your business is in good condition to take advantage of business opportunities without exposing yourself to excessive risk. A tractor appraisal helps you be aware of what you have available for collateral for a new expansion loan, which tractors may need to be replaced sooner rather than later and how much a tractor is worth if you're facing an insurance claim or court case. Make sure you work with a certified equipment appraiser who has experience in the trucking industry to ensure you're getting the right value for your records.

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