Over the past ten years, specialist contractor Hoffmann Trenching has been providing its construction and earthmoving skills to power and utility companies across Australia. Managing Director Kym Hoffmann has often found it difficult to source equipment he needs locally, and went online to broaden his search.
Hoffmann said, “The IronPlanet website has become a valuable tool for my business. It gives me access to a global inventory of appropriate machinery.”
IronPlanet is an online auction company for used heavy equipment, and has been operating successfully from the US since 2000. Backed by Caterpillar, Komatsu, and Volvo, the online marketplace offers a convenient, reliable, and easy-to-use auction approach that minimizes hassles and maximizes customer satisfaction.
Hoffmann explains, “The auction platform is easy to use, and I can select the equipment based on its condition and its location. It has made it an effective business proposition to transport the equipment the long distance to Australia.”
Hoffmann has also found the IronPlanet’s inspection reports to be beneficial: “The information provided by the inspection reports is comprehensive, and I am always confident that what I see online is what I will get on delivery.”
IronPlanet’s unique IronClad Assurance policy features highly detailed inspection reports prepared by experts.
Each inspection report includes a detailed description of the equipment’s condition including inspector comments and ratings, photographs, wear-related measurements, and when appropriate, lab test results of oil/fluid samples.
Hoffmann said, “The online facility is backed by a great team, who are never more than a phone call away. They are very helpful, and their excellent customer service makes the whole purchase process a lot easier.”
IronPlanet has recently announced that Australia will be the site of its first international venture, with the first Australian auction expected to be held in the last quarter on 2007.
Hoffmann added, “I was pleased to hear that IronPlanet is heading for Australia. I will be watching the website with interest.”