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How to stay safe when selling your farm machinery privately

Selling machinery for the first time can be confusing. We understand you may have questions, which is why we’ve created this guide of things to consider, to keep you safe during the sale.

Most people are comfortable preparing their farm machinery for sale, taking pictures and writing their advert, however, we know it can be daunting to have someone come round to view your machine. We want you to feel comfortable throughout the whole process, which is why we have created this guide of things to think about...
Prepare
Dig out the relevant paperwork a buyer will need to purchase your machine. It is normal for a buyer to request to check documents but never let them photograph them.
Arranging viewings
Most people won’t buy a machine without seeing it.
When a arranges a viewing, get the buyers details - you will need their full name and phone number. Some overseas buyers could struggle to do the trip. In this case,make sure you understand the liability associated with shipping and never ship a machine without proof of identity and receiving full payment.
Beware of scammers
When you greet the buyer, ask for their contact details including their telephone number or full home address, proof of identity (passport or driving licence). A legitimate buyer will be fine with this if you have mentioned it beforehand.
Never jeopardise your safety - if you feel uncomfortable at any time, just walk away.
Payment
Only agree a price you are happy with as once a deal is done, it is often too late to get extra money.
Never give the machinery to its new owner until you have confirmation from your bank that the payment has cleared in your account. If you are thinking about accepting a cheque or bankers draft, this will take a few days for these funds to clear.
Sell your farm machinery now
There’s no time like the present, why not get your farm machinery in front of the 160,000 buyers who come to our site every month now? Advertise your machine here.

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