Be it for business or for personal use we are often reluctant to buy expensive items as it can put us into a financial mess. In order to buy expensive equipment a lot of planning needs to be done in advance. A company needs to set up a strategy where they will allocate funds to buy items needs for business and then will spend accordingly. They will never want to move an inch away from their budget but will do so only if it really requires. It is however tough to follow a stringent budget but does small companies really have an option. The answer is no.
In the construction sector, small companies have a hard time in dealing with their finances when it comes to buying heavy equipment. Heavy equipment are expensive items and small construction companies normally have to hunt for lenders who can lend them money to buy the machines. If the business runs the way it is expected then the company can pay off the loan without any hassle. But the reality is always different from what we plan and if your business does not perform the way you have expected it to then you are encountered with more grave issues. If you are unable to pay the monthly installments of your heavy equipment in time then the lender has every right to repossess the heavy equipment from you and sell it in auction.
Having said this, there is also a flip side to the entire episode. There are definitely lenders who have lend money to plenty of small construction companies and contractors and out of the many there may be few who could not end up paying the money. Quite evidently, their heavy equipment are repossessed by the bank and this gives you the opportunity to become a part of the auction and buy the machine at a dirt cheap price. Now the challenge here is that you will not be informed about such auction via any media. It does not come in newspaper or any such media. People want to keep it as clandestine at they can so that less people turn up at the event and the ones who are there can buy more machines at a cheaper rate.
What you got to do is keep your eyes and ears open to such auctions. You can even approach one such lender whom you know deals with lending money to small construction companies. They will be in a position to tell you if they will carry any auction in the near future. The next reliable source is the guys who tow heavy equipment from the borrower. They might give you a brief idea about the venue and the date.
Heavy equipment that are repo by banks are sold at a far cheaper rate. This is done so that the banks are able to recover the money that they have lent and do not run into loss.