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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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How an oilfield equipment appraisal helps you compete in a changing market

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, May 23, 2017 @ 10:23 AM


When you're in the oil industry, the changing market means  you might be looking at black gold or just a plain crude mess. How can you compete with rapidly changing market conditions? Fortunately, current market projections are looking favorable to the gas and oil industry. But are you in a good position to take advantage of this market upswing? Here are some more details on how an oilfield equipment appraisal can help you gain ground faster.

How an oilfield equipment appraisal helps you compete in a changing market

The past few years have been hard on roughnecks, roustabouts, drillers, operators and just about everyone in the industry. The low barrel prices of the past few years have moved many oil companies from the boom years of the best of Bakken's offerings to the most stripped-down survival mode. Many companies have been bought out by competitors or sold off at auction to the highest bidder - not very high with low oil prices. But if 2016 was a year of making tough decisions, as summarized in a recent Deloitte report, 2017 is expected to be the beginning of the long road back to productivity and profitability, especially following the election of President Trump, who has made strong promises to bring back domestic energy production.

But how can you get there? If your business is like many oilfield companies, you've had to make major sacrifices to get by during the tight years. Equipment that was sold for pennies on the dollar during the worst of times may now have an increased value as the market recovers and begins to climb once again. Having your equipment appraised provides you with a wide range of information beyond the simple price you can expect to receive for it. For example, a good equipment appraiser will look at the overall industry and adjust the equipment's value accordingly. Just as you might see equipment priced sky-high during the peak of a boom, that same equipment may be significantly lower when the market is flooded with used machinery during a severe downturn.

But what else do they look at? What condition is your equipment in overall? Because an experienced oilfield equipment appraiser spends significant time every day looking at equipment, they can often see issues that your mechanics or other personnel may have missed. This in turn allows you to catch problems earlier on, before they become much more expensive problems. Has your equipment been well maintained or has it been abused or neglected? Well-maintained equipment will often last significantly longer and enjoy a higher value than poorly-maintained machinery. This in turn can give you collateral when you need to secure financing for additional expansion during a boom year.

With the expected improvement in the market, having an oilfield equipment appraisal performed ensures that you'll know the value of your assets. This knowledge, in turn, can give you a strong leg up on the competition when it comes to financing additional equipment, operations or manpower. But don't expect that your local equipment dealer is going to just give you an appraisal that represents fair market value.

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How is the changing market impacting heavy equipment appraisal?

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 01:42 PM

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As the economy continues to lumber on, a wide range of markets and industries are being impacted in the process. But what about heavy machinery? Current projections are showing growth in the heavy construction equipment market as global economies continue to crawl out of the last downturn. What does that mean for your machinery values? Here's some insight into how heavy equipment appraisal values will be impacted in the upcoming years.

How is the changing market impacting heavy equipment appraisal?

A recent report issued by Markets and Markets created a global forecast of heavy construction equipment by type, end-use industry, application and region out to 2021. It's projections estimate that the industry will grow by a compounded rate of 7% per year, from $121.46 billion in 2015 to nearly half again that at $180.66 billion by 2021. This is in line with estimates of growing government spending on infrastructure projects, increasing population needs and increased construction in developing countries. Earthmoving equipment is expected to lead the charge as new projects break ground. In all aspects of heavy equipment, the heavy hitters in the industry are already positioning themselves to take advantage of this construction boom. Where do your equipment values stand in the process?

As demand for construction equipment rises, some portion of that will be taken up by new equipment produced by industry leaders. But in many circumstances, the demand for used equipment will actually rise as well. In developing countries, many governments would rather invest in second-hand equipment that will allow them to achieve the same amount of work without having to make as much of an investment in the beginning of the development process. Construction companies that are forming to take advantage of the projected growth will want to maximize the value of their capital, making used equipment an excellent investment. As demand for this equipment rises, so does your equipment values.

As the market grows, you'll want to be in a position to take advantage of the opportunities that growth presents. Part of being able to do so is tied up in what assets you have available to secure funding for business expansion and upgrades. As the used equipment market grows, your equipment values also increase. By getting an updated construction equipment valuation, you can receive solid documentation of the increased value, allowing you to use that value as leverage with your financial institution.

What's more, an equipment valuation report created by a certified equipment appraiser uses methodology that has been proven to stand up in legal, financial, insurance and tax agency circles. That means when your tax assessor's office assumes that the growth in the industry means you should have a much higher tax on your equipment, you already have the documentation needed to fight the unfair assessment.

With the projected growth in the market, we can expect to see solid changes in heavy equipment appraisal values as time marches on. Are you ready for this upcoming growth? If you haven't had a recent equipment valuation, you may be missing asset value that you could use to your business' benefit as this growth takes place.

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How Medical Equipment Appraisal Helps Support Your Bottom Line

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, May 09, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

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When your medical practice is doing well, it can be tempting to upgrade your machinery or open a new location. But how do you know if that move will be a good investment or a bad risk? Medical equipment appraisal can provide you with the information you need about some of your practice's most expensive assets to help you make an educated decision on these types of issues. Here's more information on how it does this.

How Medical Equipment Appraisal Helps Support Your Bottom Line

How much is your medical equipment worth? You might be surprised just how far that number can vary. When you've got an equipment sales rep in the office, they may say that it's worth very little, especially compared to their latest model. On the other hand, they may say it's worth a great deal, especially when they're willing to accept it as a trade in on the same latest model. Neither number is necessarily an accurate assessment of the machinery's worth.

Looking at what similar models have sold for may not give you a good picture either. How well were those machines cared for? Was the industry in a strong or weak cycle when they were sold? Is there demand for that equipment in the industry because of new techniques or practices? There are a number of different factors that can impact your equipment's value. Working with someone who understands these different factors can make all the difference in determining your equipment's actual value.

Imagine if you had a piece of equipment that had been ill maintained over the years or had been damaged in a flood or fire. It still operates, but not as well as it should, or it's probably going to have a shorter useable lifespan than expected. What happens when you use a standard depreciation table in a tax document to depreciate value? The depreciated value will be stretched out over a longer period of time than the machinery will remain in usable condition. This means it remains on your books as an asset even when it actually has no reasonable value.

Another piece of equipment could be very well maintained. It's always had proper maintenance and has been used within its specified parameters, ensuring that it's in excellent conditions. It can deliver productive results for your practice years after it's been fully depreciated. That means it has no value in your balance sheet, but provides real value to your practice on a daily basis. The first machine creates false value, while the second isn't recognized for the value it delivers. This can create inaccuracies in your balance sheet and make it difficult to make smart financial decisions based on your practice's asset worth.

By getting a medical equipment appraisal, you can ensure that you have a much better idea of where your practice sits financially. With this information in hand, you can make smarter decisions on new investments, whether it's to open up a new location or upgrade your assets to allow for further services for your patients. However, if you're not working with a certified equipment appraiser, you may be getting bad information. Certified appraisers follow accepted practices to ensure they provide you with accurate values for your medical equipment.

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Disaster Recovery: How a Metalworking Equipment Appraisal Helps You Get Through

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 10:37 AM


Working in metal fabrication can be a tough enough job, with times of plenty and need, difficult work and exacting specifications to meet. But when disaster strikes, it can become even harder to keep your head above water. Whether it's a shop fire, a natural disaster or a theft from your business, it can seem as though you've only gone through one disaster just to deal with another one: insurance company demands for value documentation. Here's some information on how a metalworking equipment appraisal can help you through the process.

Disaster Recovery: How a metalworking equipment appraisal helps you get through

When you have a disaster in your shop, proving the value of the equipment that has been affected can just add to your burdens during a difficult time. Having an equipment appraisal on hand provides you with a wide range of benefits, not the least of which is being able to immediately document the value of said machinery to your insurance company or a court of law, depending on the situation. 

But what if you haven't had the opportunity to get an appraisal performed prior to the loss? You're not necessarily just stuck with whatever the insurance company or court decides to grant you. Certified equipment appraisers are trained to develop equipment valuations in a wide range of circumstances, even when the equipment has already suffered significant damage or has been stolen. By going back to the date of the loss and studying the documentation you have available, an equipment appraiser can provide you with an appraisal report that can document the estimated value of the machinery, which is especially helpful if your insurance company or the other party in a lawsuit is trying to lowball the value of your metalworking machinery.

How does this work? The equipment appraiser will look at your original purchase documents, photos, records of maintenance, repairs and updates made to the machinery and uses that documentation to develop an estimated value for the equipment.

But how is this more accurate than your insurance adjuster's final figure? Equipment appraisers spend all day appraising equipment, often specializing in a particular type of equipment. An insurance adjuster, on the other hand, must determine values for a wide range of items, from houses and medical claims to liability and structures. They don't know metalworking equipment nearly as well as a certified equipment appraiser does.

Though you can wait on getting a metalworking equipment appraisal until after you've had a disaster, having one on hand ahead of time can help speed the process along with your insurance company or court case. But make sure you're working with a certified equipment appraiser who has experience in the metalworking industry. By doing so, your appraisal report will be prepared using standardized methodologies that have been proven to hold up in legal and insurance circles.

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