Equipment Appraisal Blog | Understanding Machinery Appraisals

How is replacement cost new different than other appraisals?

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 02:03 PM


When we've been discussing equipment appraisals in the past, we've discussed a number of ways in which machinery may be appraised. But one type of appraisal we haven't gone into depth with is replacement cost new. Because it's only used in certain circumstances, it's a type of appraisal that many people are still unaware of. Here's a quick rundown of how it's different and a situation where it's commonly used.

How is replacement cost new different than other appraisals?

When you purchase insurance on your machinery, it's important to know what type of insurance you have in place. Replacement cost is a commonly used variety, but will only cover the replacement of the machinery with similar machinery. This can backfire for many equipment owners, especially when the equipment has been customized to their operation, such as an extruder that has been customized to their exact needs. An insurance adjustor may not understand the find differences between the types of equipment, dragging your claim out.

For that reason, many people will insure their equipment for replacement cost new. When a technical company in North Carolina had an office flood, they lost a significant portion of the equipment in their computer lab. The insurance company didn't understand that the equipment had been bought over time from a number of sources to ensure the company could work with the wide range of systems their clients were using. Because they had replacement cost insurance, they had to fight with the insurance company for many months to reach a settlement, as the insurance company didn't understand the current value of those machines to the business.

In another example, a company had a break in where several key pieces of equipment were stolen. Because they had replacement cost new coverage on the equipment, they were able to get compensation that allowed them to replace the stolen machinery with equivalent new machinery. This made it much easier for the shop to get back into working condition without too much lost production. Some of the machinery was much older, so finding the same equipment used would have been very difficult and very time consuming for the business. Because of the coverage they had on the equipment, they could find machinery that met a minimum set of specifications and be reimbursed for the purchase of that machinery by the insurance company. For example, an old bandsaw used in the shop provided resawing capability at 3 HP could have been replaced with a new resawing 3 HP bandsaw.

The difference between these two businesses is fairly clear. Both lost older machinery that was difficult to replace. However, one spent months trying to prove the value of the machinery in their business while the other merely had to shop for new equipment that met the same needs in the business. This had a huge impact on the productivity of the business and the amount of time the company's owners had to spend on growing the business versus chasing the insurance adjuster's latest numbers.

When you need to make an insurance claim or otherwise need to know the replacement cost new of your equipment, it's important to work with a certified machine appraiser who has experience in your industry. Why? It's important that they know why particular features and capabilities are vital to keeping your operation moving. They also have the knowledge of how to calculate this machine value accurately, which is important to your claim or need when you've had an equipment loss.

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What do you need to know to protect your interests in a dissolution?

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 10:12 AM


Let's face it - nobody gets excited about a dissolution. Whether it's your business, a partnership or a marriage, breaking up something that's worked well in the past can be a difficult and trying process. But instead of simply getting it over with, you may want to consider how to protect your interests before you lose out. Here's how to use an equipment appraisal to help document your assets in a way that will hold up well during negotiations and in legal circles.

What do you need to know to protect your interests in a dissolution?

We've all heard horror stories about how a dissolution can come out badly. Whether it's the businessman who lost the company Jaguar and computer lab while taking care of the employees or the divorced individual whose ex sold off all the equipment at a pittance, it's important to know what to do in these situations. Doing nothing will often leave you with nothing.

But what if you're not sure how much your assets are worth? As an example, an insulator in northern Minnesota was a handy sort. When he started his business, he had purchased a box van and installed a blower system for cellulose insulation. Because he had a keen eye for mechanical maintenance, the system was in excellent condition when, after many years in business and no takers to buy the company, he dissolved the business. The system had been fully depreciated many years before, yet it still retained excellent value because of the care it had received over the years.

On the books, the equipment had no value. In real life, it was worth quite a bit, especially when an enterprising sort from a few hundred miles away contacted him as the equipment sat in his empty warehouse. Years after the equipment had been purchased, the retired insulator ran into the young man who had purchased the machinery. "You know, I would have paid three times what you were asking for that equipment," the young man admitted.

This type of story is classic to any type of dissolution, but when two partners, either in business or marriage, dissolve a business, things can get ugly. If a divorce had been involved in the above case, the spouse could have come back and claimed the husband had intentionally gotten rid of the asset at a low price to avoid paying a fair share for the equipment during the dissolution.

When you have an equipment appraisal performed, you're able to provide documented evidence for the machinery's value. One party in the dissolution may claim equipment has a much higher or lower value to cause problems or get more out of the situation. The best way to resolve the issue is by having an independent third party determine the fair market value of the assets involved. This ensures that both parties get a fair shake out of the deal.

Dissolution is never fun, but it can be less painful if you take the time to protect your interests during the process. But don't expect your local equipment sales rep to provide you with a solid appraisal that will hold up in court! When you work with a certified equipment appraiser, you'll get a fair report of your equipment values that meets or exceeds legal requirements that won't be thrown out if things get ugly.

Tags: Equipment Appraisal, Divorce, dissolution

Facing Bankruptcy: How Equipment Appraisals Help Verify Asset Value

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 02:03 PM


Anyone who is facing bankruptcy knows how agonizing the process is. You lose all control over your assets, being allowed to only retain a small portion of what you originally owned. You're asked to provide documentation of the value of material possessions, just to find that the documentation provided often doesn't meet the needs of the court system or the financial companies involved. Fortunately, there is one way you can document values to protect your interest in your assets - equipment valuation.

Facing Bankruptcy: How Equipment Appraisals Help Verify Asset Value

But why would an equipment appraisal hold up better than documentation from a common book of value, such as a Kelley Blue Book? General value guides will provide you with the information needed to value an asset in general terms, not specific ones. If you've taken exceptional care of your machinery, you don't want it lumped in with the same value provided to poorly kept equipment. You want it to be valued fairly, which is how equipment is valued during an appraisal. Another reason why certified equipment appraisal reports hold up better in court is the neutrality of the appraiser. Because the appraiser is a neutral third party, they're not going to gain anything by creating a false value. This, in turn, gives stronger credence to your report's validity.

Furthermore, when you work with a certified equipment appraiser, you gain the benefit of their knowledge. When an appraiser goes through the certification process, he or she has the opportunity to learn what methods are acceptable in which situations. The methodology used in valuing equipment for salvage or when waiting for the perfect buyer can vary greatly, and that's taken into account when the appraiser learns their trade during the certification process. For that reason, they already know what the proper valuation method is for the situation and can apply it properly in their valuation process.

Though liquidation value is the most commonly used approach to equipment valuation, it's not the only one that is allowed by the bankruptcy code. Other methodologies that are commonly applied include value in use, net realizable value, value in trade or any number of additional valuation methodologies may also be used, depending on your situation. Because a certified machinery appraiser is aware of the nuances of different appraisal approaches, they're in the best position to provide you with good advice as to the right methodology for your situation.

Once they've finished valuing your equipment, appraisers will document the method they used and any aspects of the machinery that impacted that value. This can include kits or expansions you added after the fact that still meet the manufacturer's specifications, the exceptional condition of your very well well maintained machinery or the high or low demand for your machinery in the industry or market as a whole. Because they've documented the entire process and have used proven methodologies in their calculations, their appraisal report will stand up well in court, with financial circles or any other organization involved in the process.

When you're facing a bankruptcy and want to ensure you're getting a fair shake on your equipment values, an equipment appraisal can go a long way towards securing your interests during the process. By taking the time to have an equipment valuation performed now, you can better protect yourself from being taken advantage of during this difficult time.

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