Common pitfalls of buying a second-hand excavator include older technology and diminished reliability. Buyers should be wary of used excavators selling for less than half their original price, according to KompareIt.com
Used excavators lack many of the modern features available in newer models. Second-hand excavators also tend to be less fuel efficient and more difficult to operate.
Older machines also need more maintenance, repairs and servicing when compared to newer options. These machines are usually not as reliable and can cause job delays owing to the additional time spent on servicing.
If buying used is the only option, it may be better to purchase excavators from reputable dealers rather than through private sales.