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What is Info Check?
Info Check is a listings enhancement for
the HDD Broker websites.
Info Check provides a checklist for each
listing that shows how comprehensive the information
within a listing is. Website users are now able to
search and sort listings by their Info Check
This new system will help to increase buyer confidence
and motivate sellers to provide even more information
about their equipment.
How are these listings different from regular ones?
Info Check ratings are applicable to all
listings. As additional information is added to a
listing, its Info Check rating will increase.
The higher the rating, the more comprehensive the
listing and the further up it will appear in certain
search results on the website.
What key things do you guys look for in the Info Check Program?
There are eight categories of Info Check
ratings and they are:
- Complete Description
- Detailed Photos
- Complete Serial Numbers
- Inspection Reports
- Lien Disclosures
- Service and/or Work History
What qualifies as a Complete Description?
A checkmark is awarded if the description includes a
complete list of all components offered for sale
including year, make, model and hours along with
tallies of all included parts, tooling, pipe, etc.
What sort of things will there be pictures of?
A listing with this category checked off will have at
least 10 high resolution photos. The photos will
include overall shots of the equipment, photos of
areas of typical wear as well as photos of the other
These photos don't look like they're very high resolution.
Can I get better photos of these listings?
Absolutely! You can
our sales department for high resolution photos of any of
our listings along with additional information.
What kind of video will be in the listings with the
video box checked off?
The video will include footage of the equipment
running and operating its basic functions.
This listing has the SN# box checked off, but I can't see the SN# anywhere in the listing. What's up?
Serial number information is held on file at our
offices for use in invoicing equipment when it sells.
Any questions that you have pertaining to model
series, year of manufacture, etc can be answered by
our friendly sales staff!
Why wouldn't all listings have SN#'s?
Most pieces of equipment will typically come with a
serial number of some sort. Some exceptions include
tooling, certain home built pieces of equipment and
certain small trailers in some states.
Who is filling out these inspection reports?
HDD Broker highly recommends that equipment inspection
be carried out by a qualified mechanic from an
independent third party company. These inspections
carry the most value for potential buyers. However, in
the case where the services of a third party company
are not available or are not cost-effective, there may
be a condition report that has come directly from the
seller, provided it was carried out by a qualified
mechanic. The inspection reports for these listings
will be flagged with a disclaimer informing potential
buyers of the fact that the seller supplied the
If a listing doesn't have an inspection report on file, can I still have it inspected?
Absolutely! Buyers are always welcome to personally
inspect the equipment or have us arrange for an
independent assessment. Typically these independent
inspections are carried out at the buyer's expense.
Consider them an insurance policy against your
equipment purchase. Inspection reports from equipment
dealerships typically range from a few hundred
dollars to over a thousand depending on whether it
can be brought to the dealership or whether they need
to send a technician out to the seller's facility.
So, the listing has a nice, clean inspection report. That means that it's guaranteed to be in perfect condition, right?
No. Unfortunately the third party inspectors include
waivers of liability. They do their absolute best to
provide comprehensive inspections of the equipment,
however there are things that they can miss.
Inspection reports are not foolproof, and having one
in hand does not guarantee equipment condition. The
best inspection is always one where you are there
assessing the things that are important to you.
Should I be concerned there is a lien on this particular piece of equipment?
In most cases, this is a perfectly normal thing.
It's not often that companies elect to pay for an
expensive piece of equipment with cash, and loans or
leases are very common. Proper due diligence is always
imperative and we have several resources available that
will allow you to conduct an independent search for
liens against the equipment or the seller.
Does the lien apply to one item or all items in this package?
Most liens pertain to certain pieces of equipment,
however there are liens such as "blanket liens" that
apply to all of the possessions or resources of a
certain company or individual. Again, due diligence
is critical and we highly recommend in depth research
by a qualified third party in order to ensure you
won't have issues.
Does the fact that the lien box is checked mean that the equipment is 100% free and clear?
No, not necessarily. It simply means that the seller
has signed a declaration as to whether the equipment
is free and clear or whether there is a debt to clear
up prior to sale. Bear in mind that even if a seller
has declared the equipment to be free and clear,
HDD Broker highly recommends that any potential buyer
make the investment to have an independent company
research the equipment and seller to make sure.
What types of equipment will have titles?
The most common types of equipment include trucks,
trailers, and all other vehicles or equipment that
travel on public roads.
Are service records the same as inspection reports?
No. Service records are simply the seller's records
of the work that has been done to the machine. They
do not provide an assessment of the equipment's
current condition or a list of necessary repairs.
HDD Broker always highly recommends that an independent
inspection be carried out prior to purchase.
There is a repair estimate uploaded to the listing. Why?
Repair estimates are always welcome, but are not
considered service or work history and they are not
considered inspection reports. Having said that, they
are a great piece of information to pass along to a
potential buyer that will undoubtedly help with them
feeling more comfortable about the actual condition of
Why do some listings have only a couple of checkmarks and yet show up with an Info Check rating that's higher than that?
Some listings will have certain categories of
Info Check that don't apply to them. For
example, tooling does not have titles, and most people
would not require a lien disclosure for a backreamer.
In those cases, even though the listing does not have
those components of Info Check in the listing,
it will not be penalized with an "X", instead getting
a "not applicable" flag in our system which will count
as a check as it pertains to its Info Check