Safety & Security centre
Buying and selling machinery and plant should be easy.
That's why we're dedicated to providing you with the tools you need for a hassle-free experience.
From vehicle history checks and scams to be aware of to our top tips to stay safe online, use our guides to buy and sell machinery and plant with confidence.
- Research the market and compare prices so you know the price you're paying is a fair one. But beware! It is common for criminals to advertise machinery at "just below market value" to make it sound attractive to buyers, but not so low as to arouse suspicion.
- If the advert is accompanied by a photograph, copy the photo into google images. It is common for criminals to search the internet for pictures of machines then use those pictures in the advert. If the picture is of a machine that matches one from another country then it is quite possibly a scam!
- Always ensure you complete a close up, 'physical' inspection of your intended purchase to help determine its age, its condition and its value before handing over any money.
- View the machinery in daylight and at the seller's premises; check that the address matches the address on any paperwork. Make a discreet note of makes, models and registration numbers of vehicles parked at the address. It may be helpful to the police should you later discover a problem with your purchase.
- Get the equipment checked by an independent plant/agricultural fitter to ensure it is mechanically sound.
- Check that the stamped in serial/chassis number and VIN plate is intact and complete, and make certain that it has not been tampered or interfered with?
- Many keys required to start machines are universal, so do not assume that just because the seller has a genuine manufacturers keys to fit the machine, that the machine must also be genuine.
- Check for theft & outstanding finance, run a check with Datatag/CESAR/HPI provenance check. (http://datatag.co.uk/provenance)
Fraudulent adverts are placed by thieves posing as sellers, often trying to make money from a hoax piece of machinery advertised at a bargain price. The seller (fraudster) will often redirect you to their website and ask for several deposits of money before they deliver the machinery, but, the machinery will never arrive and you will end up out of pocket.
Fraudulent escrow/shipping services appear legitimate but are run by fake 'sellers'. The 'seller' places a fake advert with an unusually low price to grab the buyer's attention. When the buyer enquires about the vehicle they're sent a standard reply, promising to waiver the shipping costs and suggesting payment is made via a particular escrow service. Signs it may be a fake escrow service includes false licence numbers, logos and copyright details, as well as a mobile phone number disguised as a foreign landline. After the money is sent, the buyer becomes impossible to contact and untraceable.