How to Avoid Purchase Scams on Machinery and Parts
release date: 09/30/2019
When it comes to purchasing new or used machinery and machine parts online, it can be a tricky business. With so many suppliers in the marketplace, it can be difficult to identify reliable companies from those that are fraudulent or less reputable dealers.
Machinery and machine parts can be expensive. The last thing anyone wants is to spend thousands of dollars on equipment you’re unable to see in person, from a seller you’re unsure about, just to realize you’ve been scammed and your business is out the big bucks.
Although buying machinery online isn’t a science, there are a number of red flags to be on the lookout for to minimize your chances of being scammed and to ensure you’re buying from a reliable source.
Research the Legitimacy of the Company
First and foremost, research the legitimacy of the company. Spend time evaluating its website.
Are there tons of typos across the products? How long has the company been in business? Are there authentic Google Reviews where real people vouch for the company? (Don’t just assume all testimonials on a company’s website are real without a source.) Does the company have an address listed on its site?
By doing some upfront research and finding the answers to these questions, you can quickly decide whether a company is legitimate or not.
Shop with a Verified Distributor
Next, investigate whether or not the machinery seller is a verified distributor for the manufacturer. This can be done in several ways.
Oftentimes, the manufacturer of the machinery will list or have a search tool on its website where you can locate distributors in your area. Official distributors also notate it on their website when they hold these esteemed partnerships with the manufacturer.
Being an official distributor not only offers you the peace of mind that the company you are purchasing from is reputable and reliable, but it also means you can the machines and parts you need at the best price with the fastest turnaround time.
Learn More About Protech International
Protech International is proud to be an official US distributor for a variety of top European manufacturers such as Hymmen, HAWE, Brandenburger, Kraft, Fischer Messtechnik, Festo, CEDS SSB Duradrive, END Armaturen, Wandres, LAWECO, and more.
Contact us today to learn more about our brand relationships and to shop our used and new products.