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Heavy Equipment Auctions: The Ultimate Guide to Heavy Equipment Transport with uShip

For industries that rely on heavy machinery, such as construction, agriculture, tree trimming, etc., the process of transporting equipment bought at auction is a critical link in the value chain. Auctions often offer some of the best bang for the buck when it comes to heavy equipment.

But, it can also be one of the most complex, time-consuming, and cost-intensive aspects of the business. This is especially true for businesses that are new to the auction circuit or have infrequent transport needs.

In this guide, we’ll explore how to streamline heavy equipment transport for auctions using uShip, a platform that connects individuals and businesses with large and bulky transport service providers. We’ve been the leader in the space for over 20 years now, and have been a partner with Ritchie Bros. for over 14 of those years.

From A to B

Efficiently moving heavy equipment from auction yards to operational sites or storage facilities is a massive part of the procurement process. It’s not just about getting the equipment from point A to point B; it’s about doing so in a timely, cost-effective manner, while also ensuring the safety and integrity of the equipment.

Here, we’ll discuss the critical nature of equipment transportation and provide an overview of how outsourcing can be the best option for businesses to ensure a seamless process.

Why Outsourcing Heavy Equipment Transport Is the Right Choice

heavy equipment dump truck on semi trailer

When dealing with the heavy lifting of auction equipment, few things go as planned. The logistical puzzle, skilled labor, and specialized machinery required to move these items are often more than an internal team can handle, especially at the scale required by most businesses today.

Big or small, businesses using heavy equipment can’t afford to let that machinery sit — it’s no different than paying a worker to sit for hours while on the job.

Here are some of the benefits of entrusting your heavy equipment shipment to experienced haulers found on uShip:

1. Expertise and Experience: Transporting heavy equipment requires specialized knowledge, licensing, and experience. Professional transport companies on our platform have trained staff who know the best practices for handling different types of equipment, including proper loading, securing, and unloading techniques. This ensures that your equipment is safe during transit and minimizes the risk of damage. If you’re buying through Ritchie Bros., you get access to carriers who have to meet their expectations, too.

2. Access to Specialized Equipment: Moving heavy equipment often requires specific trailers, trucks, and other lifting machinery. Outsourcing heavy equipment hauling with uShip allows businesses to access these tools without having to purchase or maintain them themselves. This not only saves on costs but also ensures that the right equipment is used for each specific type of machinery.

3. Time-Efficient: Transferring equipment can be a time-consuming process, especially if you are not familiar with the proper procedures and permits. By partnering with us, you will save valuable time and focus on what really matters to your business while your carrier handles all aspects of the move.

4. Protection: Professional transport companies on our platform have insurance coverage to protect your equipment against damage or loss during transit. On top of that, we offer our uShip Protection Plan for total peace of mind that extends beyond what their coverage allows. Opening a case if damage occurs is a simple, straightforward process.

5. Cost-Effective: Although it may seem like outsourcing heavy equipment transport would add to your expenses, it can actually save money in the long run. DIY heavy equipment moves often result in unexpected costs, such as damages or delays, which can be costly to fix. With professionals on the uShip platform handling the move, you can avoid these unforeseen expenses and focus on your day-to-day.

Pre-Transport Preparation

heavy equipment on trailer

Before the equipment even leaves the auction site, certain preparations must be made to ensure the transportation process will be as smooth as possible. Here, we’ll provide a checklist of actions to take before the transporter picks up the equipment.

If you’re buying in person at an auction site, follow this list:

  • Clean the equipment thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris if it isn’t already tidied up.
  • Check and secure all parts to prevent damage during transportation.
  • Note down serial numbers for easy tracking and identification.
  • Document the current state of the equipment with photos.
  • Prepare necessary documentation for the transporter.
  • Ensure the equipment is properly packaged (if necessary) and secured for safe transport.
  • Communicate any specific handling instructions to the transporter.
  • Double-check that all required paperwork is in order before the equipment leaves the auction site.

This is harder to do if you’re buying via online auction, but with pros like Ritchie Bros., you are provided ample evidence in descriptions, pics, and even videos to help you understand the state of the equipment you’re planning to bid on.

Booking the Shipment

uShip is designed to be as straightforward as possible. Our platform will guide you step-by-step on how to list your shipment, including providing accurate information to ensure accurate quotes, selecting a transporter, and agreeing on terms.

Once a purchase is made, get every spec you can from the seller about the machine: think things like height, length, depth, and weight, as well as operational condition (does it run?) so your bids are as accurate as possible.

With that information in hand, all you have to do is list your item and watch the bids roll in. Pay special attention to carrier reviews to make sure you find a service provider who can match your needs. This is also a great time to check their credentials and ensure they have a history of shipping heavy equipment like yours.

During Transport

Once your auction equipment is in transit, it’s vital to stay informed about its progress. Technology and good communication can significantly ease the process.

Within the uShip app, you’ll get periodic updates when your equipment is picked up, in transit, and marked as delivered. You can also communicate directly with the carrier so you can both stay in the loop. This is great for addressing unforeseen circumstances that might affect the timeline of delivery (traffic, weather, breakdowns, etc.).

This helps ensure that you are well-prepared to handle any issues that may arise along the way, keeping your peace of mind intact.

Receiving the Equipment

Upon the equipment’s arrival, there are several steps that need to be taken before the transporter departs.

Once it’s there:

  1. Perform a thorough inspection
  2. Document all details
  3. Be present or send a trusted representative
  4. Resolve disputes or claims promptly

One way to save some money is if you have a job lined up for that equipment right away, just have it delivered to that job site and follow the steps above there. Once the equipment is good to go, put it to work!

Choosing uShip for Transportation

uShip is the leader in heavy equipment transport, offering a reliable, cost-effective platform where shippers can connect with a network of experienced carriers. From preparing and booking to tracking and delivery, we streamline the entire heavy equipment shipping process, all while saving your company time and money. The best part? It’s free to try!

Posting your equipment move and getting bids doesn’t cost you a dime. This way, you’re able to see just how much you can save and how easy it really is to get big stuff anywhere.

In the End…

Getting your new piece of heavy equipment from the auction house to your job site can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. And remember, uShip’s here to help you move your heavy equipment — not just from the auction house, but anywhere.