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Absentee Bidding – A Key Tool To Grab A Deal At The Auction

A live auction is the place where you can get great deals on many kinds of equipment, such as used bucket trucks, backhoes, skid steers, pickup trucks and more. In order to participate in a conventional, live auction, a bidder must be present at the exact place, date and time set forth by the auctioneer and bid live during the event. In our ever-demanding world, there are many circumstances when a buyer cannot attend a live, physical auction event. When that happens, there are some other ways to address the issue of needing to be in two places at the same time. Absentee bidding, telephone bidding, and online bidding are three possible solutions.

You Want to Buy Something, But Cannot Be At The Auction Location, In Person

  • Absentee Bidding – In cases when an interested party cannot be physically present at the event and a phone call is not possible either, an absentee bid may be used as an alternative. Using this option, a participant indicates the highest amount willing to be paid for bucket trucks on a form provided to them by the auction company; this allows the auctioneer to act as their proxy and execute the bid. People bidding at an auction can easily decide to add a few dollars on top of that absentee bid to win the right to purchase the equipment.  One scenario where an absentee bid really makes sense is when there are some items that you’d like to have, but you just cannot stick around the auction all day waiting for the items to sell.  In that case, leaving absentee bids with the auctioneer is a great way to place your bids and perhaps get a deal. Sometimes, the items being sold last (at a live auction) end up being great buys, great deals! Let absentee bidding help you grab a deal on something you need to buy.
  • Telephone Bidding – By choosing this option, a participant can bid in the live auction event without having to be physically present. A bidder may arrange to participate with a telephone bid, ahead of time. In most cases, there is no definite time that the call must be placed since the exact time to bid and length of time it takes for bucket trucks to be auctioned varies. A call may be made anywhere from an hour to just minutes before the auction begins to notify a participant that the event is beginning. So on the day of the event, a participant should be ready to take such a call at any time.  Bidding by phone is almost as good as being present at the auction. Compared to other absentee options, a purchaser has direct control over the increments of the bid and can choose to stop bidding once the amount exceeds a certain maximum amount. Another advantage is that the results are known as soon as bidding ceases.
  • Live, Online Bidding via Internet – Many auction companies offer bidders the ability to bid live, online, while the auction event is going on. This service usually requires a bidder to sign up some time before the auction begins. Once registered, bidders can listen to the auction online and place bids from a remote location. With all the demands on our time, internet bidding is a very convenient feature, helping bidders who cannot attend in person connect with the items they need to buy.

Nothing Beats a Live Auction For the Potential to Grab a Deal

When attending a live auction on sale day is not possible, the options listed above are good ways to still be able to participate in the auction and buy the equipment you need. It is important to choose wisely; these options have advantages and disadvantages over the other. Bidding online or by phone keeps the bidder in the driver seat and allows you that chance to change your mind and increase your bid. Absentee bidding is static. Once you tell the auctioneer your maximum bid, the clerk simply bids for you and if bids exceed your maximum, you are out. You have options, and purchasing a used bucket truck, backhoe, service truck or other items at public auction is a good way to save money and grab a deal. Our auction process is open and transparent.  Let us help you get the most out of the auction on sale day. Download our Buyer’s Guide for tips and answers to frequently asked questions. Have more questions? Contact us; we are glad to help you, and good luck at the auction!

Benefits of Using Hybrid Bucket Trucks

In today’s world, many types of vehicles and commercial equipment, like cars, trucks, SUVs and digger derricks and Bucket Trucks are being manufactured with hybrid vehicle technology, giving us hybrid bucket trucks! Massive engines are required to move the heavy chassis and are also used to drive a smaller hydraulic pump that powers on-board hydraulic equipment. Because of such a large power imbalance, manufacturers adopted hybrid technology for this equipment. New hybrid vehicles have a high initial cost for and it can be beneficial to attend an equipment auction to find used hybrid bucket trucks for sale.

Hybrid Bucket Trucks & Hybrid Technology

Hybrid technology found on heavy-duty equipment is much different from what is used on cars like the Toyota Prius. In cars, both the internal combustion engine and the electric motor alternately drive the transmission which in turn drives the wheels. The hybrid technology found on heavy-duty vehicles uses the same principle but with a much different arrangement. A regular internal combustion engine still drives the transmission; however, the role of the electric motor is to drive the hydraulic pump whenever any hydraulic components such as the digger, boom and outriggers are being used. The main engine can also drive the hydraulic pump once the electric motor batteries are drained of power.

Advantages of Hybrid Vehicles

Below are some advantages of attending a vehicle and equipment auction and purchasing used hybrid bucket truck, with that technology:
  • Fuel Efficiency – The main benefit of using hybrid technology is a reduction in fuel consumption. During operation, the main engine must maintain a preset RPM in order to drive the hydraulic pump and keep the installed equipment operational. Because the engine is massive, it requires a great deal of fuel just to drive the smaller hydraulic pump.  That may not an efficient use of energy. With a hybrid-equipped vehicle, the electric motor takes over the role of the engine when the installed equipment is in operation, resulting in a significant reduction in fuel consumption.
  • Low Noise Emission – Noise from the engine is eliminated once the electric motor takes over during the equipments’ operation. Because electric motors barely produce any noise, the result is very quiet operation. Communication between workers is easier and safety at the work site is improved.
  • Reduced Engine Emissions – Burning fuel inside an internal combustion engine produces noxious gases, such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide. These gases are a major contributor to global warming; and when inhaled in large volumes, mental performance can be reduced. Since the engine does not need to run during installed equipment operation, engine emission is reduced.
  • Longer Engine Life – When the engine is running, there is friction between moving components such as bearings, pistons and cylinder walls, valves, etc., which will eventually cause wear on the parts; however, electric motors have fewer moving components which provides a longer lifespan. By reducing the workload on an internal combustion engine, the lifespan of the main engine, itself, can be extended.
Hybrid technology is a significant improvement in the design of vehicles and heavy equipment, including the digger truck, cranes and other construction equipment. Hybrid technology addresses many of the problems associated with the standard vehicles for sale, such as: high operational costs due to poor fuel efficiency; engine emissions; noise; and frequent maintenance. Hybrid Bucket Trucks are the way of the future, and public auctions are a great way to buy the equipment you need. Auctions offer an opportunity to buy at actual market value, because bidders set the values. Download our Buyer’s Guides for tips and answers to commonly asked questions, and contact us, if we can assist.

Buying a Used Bucket Truck at Public Auction

Buying from used bucket truck auctions may seem somewhat bewildering at times because bucket truck models have been designed for dozens of unique needs and there are a wide variety of makes and models. Manufacturers have designed many configurations, offering you many choices to pick from. Now all you need to do is decide which design and specifications are best for your needs.

Things to Consider – Buying a Used Bucket Truck

In an effort to narrow down options and make an educated decision, consider some things buyers to focus on, when purchasing a used bucket truck (sometimes referred to as a cherry picker).
  • Engine – You have some choices; you can consider gasoline or diesel engines, and now even hybrid engines and compressed natural gas engines have entered the mix. The engine is a key factor because it determines the efficiency, operational costs, and temperature at which the vehicle can be used, as well as the overall cost of the vehicle. Now, more than ever, environmental and motor vehicle considerations affect equipment owners, so keep that in mind, too.  Diesel engines are initially more expensive than gasoline; however, they are also fuel-efficient, costing less to operate under most circumstances. It should be noted that when the equipment will be used in extremely cold climates a gasoline engine may be a better choice because gasoline is more resistant to freezing temperatures and operate across a wider range of environmental conditions.
  • Boom – There are two primary boom designs from which to choose: telescopic and articulated. The major difference between the two is that an articulated boom is more maneuverable because it has several articulating joints. This feature is advantageous when working around obstacles such as tree branches or overhead signs.  The telescopic boom “slides out” telescoping an inner boom outwards.  A combination articulating and telescopic boom offers the widest range of working positions.
  • Insulated vs. Non-Insulated – Choosing between an insulated and non-insulated bucket truck depends on how the equipment will be used. Basically, the insulated variety, with proper training and protocol, provides a measure of protection for the operator, in the event the equipment becomes energized. Unless the equipment will be exposed to electric lines, this feature may be unnecessary and could be an unnecessary expense.  Non-insulated booms are typically used in the telecommunications industry, working on phone and cable TV lines.
  • Material-Handling vs. Personnel Only – Material-handling bucket trucks are equipped with a short jib and a winch at the boom tip to allow operators to connect to and lift material from the ground, winching them up to the bucket to be installed on buildings, power poles, etc.  Material-handling bucket trucks allow additional lifting capacity at the bucket, to compensate for the weight of items being lifted.  A common use might be to use the jib and winch to lift a transformer and position it on a power pole.   Personnel units only have a bucket, with no jib or winch, and are intended to simply lift personnel up to the work area.  Material-handlers cost more, so if you don’t need that option and lifting capacity, go with a personnel unit.
  • Capacity – As an aerial work platform, bucket trucks (sometimes called cherry pickers) have a limited weight capacity. Overloading the platform could potentially damage the boom and cause the entire unit to tip over. When choosing the right capacity, consider whether the job can be carried out by one or two workers, since both single and two-person buckets can be purchased.  Also, knowing the weight of tools and materials required is important.  Many times workers will need a many pounds of capacity simply for the tools required to complete the aerial work. Consider the additional weight of the equipment needed on the platform and material-handling requirements, as well.
  • Working Height – One of the most important considerations is the working height of the platform, which determines the maximum height at which work can safely be conducted. Since height requirements vary from job to job, it is important that the bucket truck have an appropriate height.
Purchasing a used bucket truck from an equipment auction does not have to be confusing. Knowing what to focus on and which things to look for can help you make an informed decision. Download our Buyer’s Guide for helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions. Have questions for us? Contact us and we will be glad to discuss your options.

Find Bucket Truck Parts At Auction

Regardless of how well bucket trucks are maintained, just like any other mechanical equipment they are subject to wear and tear simply from regular use. Knowing where to find used bucket truck parts is imperative. Many times, utility equipment auctions include parts, and may offer you a way to fill that need.

Know Where to Go For Bucket Truck Parts

With prolonged use, problems may begin to develop with some of the internal components of the engine: bearings may start to loosen; the clutch lining may start to slip; and the hydraulic system may develop leaks. from  may seem somewhat bewildering at times because bucket truck models have been designed for dozens of unique needs.  In order to keep a truck in safe working condition, maintenance must be consistently performed and most importantly, components that are on the verge of breaking must be replaced. Expenses for replacement parts can easily increase equipment maintenance costs. Thankfully, auctions can provide operators and contractors with quality replacement parts at relatively inexpensive prices.
  • Problems – One of the biggest challenges in buying replacement parts is the high cost. While manufacturers do provide components for current model trucks, a genuine replacement part can be very expensive. In addition, it generally must be shipped from the manufacturer before the part can be installed, which may take days and cause repair delays.  With older bucket trucks, the problem is even worse. With this type of equipment, it is often hard to find replacement parts. As equipment ages, the supply of its components diminishes; eventually the manufacturer stops producing them which creates a shortage in the supply and an increase in the cost of the remaining stock.
  • Advantages – A heavy equipment auction is an ideal place to find components for current and older equipment, including bucket trucks. While auction houses generally sell heavy duty equipment by itself, some also specialize in selling salvaged parts which are pieces that have been taken from other trucks that have already been decommissioned. Instead of completely scrapping the unit, some pieces are salvaged and sold individually.  The biggest advantage of buying from an auction is that the value of the item being sold is dictated by the buyers. So with the right approach and timing, used truck components can be purchased at a bargain price. In addition, the fact that surplus parts have already used some of their service life makes it an even more inexpensive option.   Another advantage of buying from an auction is that it is easy to find components for a wide range of trucks, whether the vehicle is a current or older model. While most of the salvaged parts come from older bucket trucks, there are also some parts that are from current model equipment that has been scrapped due to some type of total damage situation.
  • Buying Tips – Since the salvaged components sold through auction are used, there is a possibility that they may not be in good working condition. Therefore, before bidding on any of these parts, the buyer should always verify the condition first. For metal components that are exposed to friction, measure the thickness of the part to ensure that it is still in the tolerable range. A buyer should run their fingers across the surface of the metal to see if there are grooves, which could be a sign of uneven wear. Look for signs of metal fatigue such as cracks, deformities, and color changes or variations.
  • Avoid Reuse of Bucket Truck Parts That Are Exposed to Wear and Tear – It is unwise to consider purchasing consumable parts that are extensively exposed to wear and tear, such as brake pads, clutch linings, bearings, tires, etc. These parts wear out very easily and unlike other components, are best when purchased new.
An auction is an outstanding alternative source for low cost bucket truck parts, particularly for older model bucket trucks. Consider utility auctions as an option when you need “hard to find” replacement parts at a great price! You have options, and purchasing a used bucket truck or manufacturer’s parts from auctions does not have to be confusing. Knowing what to focus on and which things to look for can help you make an informed decision. J.J. Kane Public Auctions connect you to parts and equipment you need. Download our Buyer’s Guide for tips and answers to commonly asked questions. Contact us and we will be glad to help you and discuss your options.

Find Deals on Used Hybrid Cars at Public Auction

Many government (and private) owners have been incorporating hybrid cars, hybrid SUVs, alternate fuel vehicles and latest technologies into their fleets for years. Some of these used hybrid cars are for sale now, entering the secondary markets. You can find lots of used hybrid cars being resold as surplus when they are replaced by private and government fleets with new models.

Used Hybrid Cars – Overview

Alternate fuel vehicles have a long history, dating back to the first vehicle to run on ethanol, a Ford Model T, in 1908. Within the past decade, the use of alternate fuel vehicles (including hybrids) has exploded. The Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) requires that 70 percent of the vehicles used by metropolitan area government fleets be Alternate Fuel Vehicles. Examples of metro areas where you can find local surplus vehicles being sold to the public at auction are Portland, OR, West Palm Beach, FL, Rome, NY, Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, GA. State governments, such as Missouri, have incorporated larger hybrid vehicles into their fleets. Where there is heavier work to be done, you will find equipment items like cranes and bridge inspection units in use, mounted on International model 4300 Hybrid Trucks. Mechanical and service trucks are another truck-type more commonly seen as a hybrid. Flex-fuel vehicles are the most prolific alternate fuel autos. Two or more fuel types can be used in the same combustion engine, with those fuel-types carried in a single fuel tank. Some of the most popular gas/electric hybrid vehicles are the Ford Escape, Toyota Prius and Honda Accord. The Chevy Silverado, Ford F150 Pickup Truck, Chevy Tahoe, Dodge Dakota, and Chevy Impala are examples of commonly used government fleet vehicles, with the flex-fuel option. Hybrid and alternate fuel vehicles are currently being replaced and are selling as government surplus, at auctions. They can be found for sale to second owners because they are beginning to retire from service in fleets that purchased them new during 2005 and 2006. Worldwide, there are approximately 27 million flex-fuel vehicles in use.  Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), and Bio Diesel are the most popular fossil fuel sources for alternate fuel vehicles, of which there are roughly 28 million vehicles in service. At this time, fleets selling their used hybrid cars and alternate fuel vehicles are typically 2007 – 2010 models, after operating them for an average of 7 years. Find a place you can kick the tires and inspect the autos. If you look, you can find a good used hybrid vehicle at a price price well below the cost of a new hybrid car. If you would like to find surplus or used hybrid cars & SUVs, seek out a reputable auction company that represents the owners and resells vehicles. Find a place you can choose from different options, and make the buying process easy on yourself. You need the vehicle to help you conduct your business, so don’t waste your time and effort searching. Instead, go to the experts and find a variety of options to fit your need. Good used hybrid cars are often available for sale from public auctions.  The general public can sometimes take advantage of auctions to make a purchase directly from the fleet owner, rather than pay dealer mark-up.  Good quality used hybrid cars can be a useful asset for your family or business, in these days of rising fuel costs. Download our Buyer’s Guide for answers to commonly asked questions and some helpful tips. If you have questions, contact us.

Buy Used Construction Equipment at Auction

Construction equipment is the life blood of the construction industry. Because heavy equipment can be an expensive investment it is worth your time to consider purchase options.  One good option is a construction equipment auction. The unique thing about this selling method is that each unit is sold based on market demand and price. Auctions offer the possibility of purchasing heavy equipment at a cost that could be lower than going market value.


Because the construction equipment sold in this fashion is used, it requires a different approach than going to a dealership. There are three important things that should be considered in such situations: equipment condition, value, and parts availability.
  • Condition – Construction equipment sold at auction is almost always used. Some may be relatively new, as in the case of fleet-owned vehicles, while others may have been used well. Although most auction companies have a policy of divulging actual condition of a vehicle prior to sale, there are problems that are not readily detectible, even by honest sellers, which is why it is important to first assess the condition of an item before making a bid. Some auctioneers employ a third party mechanic to evaluate and rate the quality of all machines sold; however, an inspection should still be performed by a professional mechanic for the best vehicle evaluation.
  • Value – The value of equipment sold at an absolute auction is determined by the bidders, themselves. Those who are interested decide how much to pay for a certain unit and the highest bidder is able to purchase it. While this buying method may seem to rely on competition, a successful purchase is not about winning but about paying less than market value for the equipment. In order to decide how much to bid, it is important to determine that value.  The value of construction equipment is determined not only based on appearance, but also on the condition and wear observed on mechanical parts.
  • Parts Availability – When buying used construction equipment it is important to consider its longevity and the accessibility of replacement parts. Avoid buying obsolete equipment that does not have alternative parts because it may lead to long down time if the machine fails. Be sure parts are locally available and that your local mechanic-vendors are capable of making repairs.
Public auctions offer a great alternative to buy used construction equipment because a public, absolute auction gives the buyer an opportunity to buy the equipment they need in an open and transparent process, direct from the current owners. In our auctions, the only parties involved in setting the price are the other bidders in the auction. Download our Buyer’s Guide for tips and answers to commonly asked questions. If you have additional questions, contact us. We are glad to help.

Buying Bucket Trucks at Auction – Things to Consider

An auction is a great venue for purchasing inexpensive, used equipment, like used bucket trucks. However, if there is not a nearby event, the next option is to find an online equipment auction. It is almost identical to the physical version except that bidders view the items, inspection reports, and place bids via the internet. An online auction refers to bidding on an item over the internet; there are two different approaches as to how this is done.
  • Timed Online – As the name implies, the sale takes place over a certain span of time that is determined by the seller. This is the format on popular websites like eBay and Craigslist. Interested participants can place bids within a particular time frame; when the allotted time runs out, the highest bidder is automatically announced as the winner.
  • Live Online – Similar to a live, physical auction event, participants bid over the internet and compete against the crowd of physical buyers on site with the equipment. The auctioneer sets a day and time for the event and participants must be online at that particular time in order to place a bid. Participants compete live and winners are immediately announced.


Purchasing equipment, such as bucket trucks, from companies who auction equipment online may seem like a last resort if remotely located from a physical venue; however, this is not true.  The online auction offers several advantages to those who prefer to bid over the internet, rather than by conventional means.
  • Convenience – Traditionally, purchasing a used bucket truck from a live event means searching for an auction and then traveling to attend the sale, at the specified date and time. While this may work for some, many interested participants would have to spend time and money to get there, which is impractical considering there is no guarantee that a purchase can even be made. Via the internet, participants can look for many different event dates and bid from any remote location, making it a convenient option.
  • Variety – Equipment sold at one particular event can be fairly limited, resulting in either buying a certain make or model that may not having been a first choice or even skipping the event entirely as nothing was available that was even close to what the buyer desired. The internet offers a wide variety of machinery because of the many online auctions. Interested parties can choose the make, model, specifications, and condition, and then purchase the equipment that best suits their needs.
  • Atmosphere – One of the drawbacks of a live event is the competitive atmosphere. This is natural because participants are competing to buy the merchandise. Unfortunately, not everyone is accustomed to this, especially first timers. The internet is the perfect alternative for individuals who do not want to experience such intense competitiveness.

Bidding Tips

While purchasing from an online auction has advantages, there are also a few things to remember to achieve success.
  • Reputation – Always check the background of any company hosting the event before making any deals. Verify their existence by using all posted contact details.
  • Vehicle Condition – Before bidding on any equipment, have an expert inspect it to determine condition. Most auctions have an “as-is, where-is” policy, so quality should be determined before purchasing.
  • Added Expenses – Find out if there is a buyer’s premium added to the sale and if so, how much and factor this into the total price so an established budget is not exceeded.
Ask us for help if you need assistance estimating the value of items like bucket trucks; we are glad to help you. Check the various pricing guides and never bid beyond what is indicated as fair market value. Companies who auction equipment online offer the perfect venue from which to purchase such equipment. It is convenient and provides a wide variety from which to choose. Most who try this wonderful type of sales venue find that an online auction website is indeed a great way to purchase heavy-duty equipment, like used bucket trucks! Auctions can be a much better alternative than buying equipment from dealerships because they offer an opportunity to buy at market cost. Download our Buyer’s Guide for helpful tips; and contact us, if we can assist.

Find Great Used Construction Equipment

Our economy is slowly improving and the construction industry continues to experience growth. Many companies find the equipment they need at used construction equipment auctions. With new equipment in short supply, many companies are buying good used construction equipment and vehicles at auction, to bridge the gap to new equipment availability and conserve their cash. As you consider options for purchasing your equipment, consider the below:

Construction Equipment Condition

A reliable auction company makes every attempt to provide high-quality items to customers in order to maintain their reputation for honesty and build repeat customer business. Auction houses generally have qualified, experienced mechanics who conduct inspections of each vehicle being sold in order to be able to disclose any defects found in the course of preparing equipment for sale.

Search and Buying Options

Because the used construction equipment market is so active, you want to be able to view as many equipment items as possible, in order to have the widest choice.  Items are added to dealers’ and auctioneers’ inventory on a daily basis, but unless the company has a sophisticated online system, you will not know about new equipment inventory. Look for a company that enables you to easily search for and find what you need, through a website search filter.  Another key thing to look for is the ability to request notification for specific equipment-types as they become available for sale. A flexible, service-oriented auctioneer will offer several ways to participate in auction sales.
  • On Site and Online Information – Beyond live, physical auctions, customers should be able to go online and review the inventory on a company’s website for any items needed and also be able to participate in the bidding process online. The internet is a critical aspect in providing essential information such as pictures, mechanical reports and even blogs to solicit ideas and comments from prospective and past customers. With a wide range of information, any customer can easily look for, find, and bid on equipment they need to buy.
  • Transportation – Transportation to and from an auction yard should be a component of a company’s services, in order to help sellers and buyers move their equipment.
  • Inspections – Inspections and detailed information about the equipment being sold is important, so buyers and sellers can document the condition of their items, and make informed decisions about their expectations of its value.
  • Equipment Alerts – When looking for a particular model with certain specifications, you should be able to contact a sales representative or enroll to receive email alerts when the item you need becomes available.
Finding deals at used construction equipment auctions can help increase your business’ profitability, and help you bridge the gap until new equipment is both readily available and more affordable.  Download our Buyer’s Guide for tips and answers to commonly asked questions, and contact us if you have other questions or we can assist.

Find A Deal – Buy A Used Bucket Truck at Public Auction

Auctions are a great way to buy the equipment you need, like a used bucket truck, at a price you determine.  When you think of an “auction” you typically think of an absolute auction, where you can get a deal, and where there are no minimums or reserves.  It is possible you could buy something for as little as $1, if no one else bids on the item.  That’s the excitement you see in all the auction television shows.  Our auctions are absolute.  That means the selling price of every item is set by the bidders in the auction, and no one else!  No minimum bids are allowed at J.J. Kane auctions, and owners may not bid on their items.  Our auctions are what people think of as “auctions” in the truest sense. That’s what allows some bidders the chance to get a deal on a used bucket truck at the auction!

The Bidding May Seem Fast – But You Can Do It!  Let us help you at the bucket truck auction

Bidding at an auto, used bucket truck or equipment auction is easy.  Don’t be intimidated by what may sound like a speedy, scary process.  It’s not that fast.  You can do it, if you know a little about what to expect.  Come register and just attend a J.J. Kane auction sale, listen to and experience the process.  As you do, you will gain confidence and you will see that it’s a lot of fun – because you have a chance to get a real deal on something.

Just Listen and Think About the Next Bid Number

Within the bidding process, the main thing to focus on is this – listen to the auctioneer and think about where he is going next (don’t think about the number he is calling.  Think ahead). Listen to the bids he asks for and very shortly you will begin to understand and you will know what number he will ask for next…  That’s all a part of becoming comfortable with the auction process. Auctioneers ask for bids in amounts like $100, $250, and so on.  If the auctioneer just asked for $1250 and he says “$1250, now $1500” you can understand that someone just bid $1250 and now he’s asking for $1500, the next increment.  When someone bids $1500 he will next say “now $15 will you bid 17 and a half ($1750)” and so on. If you have never been to an auction and you want to talk about how the bidding process works, contact us and we will discuss it with you in advance.  You can also come out the day before the sale and visit us on site.  We are glad to answer any questions.

Visit the Auction Site the Day Before the Sale – Inspect and Create Your Auction Plan

Come out a day in advance of auctions.  Inspect the used bucket trucks, used cars and trucks or used construction equipment items you would like to buy the day before the auction (during a public preview day) and decide how much you are willing to bid on each item you want.  Write those amounts down in the auction catalog you will receive when you preregister.  Knowing how much you are wiling to bid is critical in order to achieve your goals – getting the cars or trucks or equipment you need at a price you are happy with. Plan ahead, write down your top bid amount; a price you are comfortable with. When you are bidding, don’t go over your maximum price. You can buy something another day. Download our buyers guide for helpful tips on inspecting equipment and planning your bid amounts before the auction. Panning ahead is truly an important part of the process, and a successful day at the auction. If you need help inspecting equipment or panning your bid amounts, ask us for guidance. We believe absolute public auctions are a better way for you to buy what you need. Our auction process is open and transparent. Let us help you get the most out of the auction on sale day. Download our Buyer’s Guide for helpful tips. Purchasing a used bucket truck or other items at J.J. Kane auctions does not have to be intimidating. In fact, once you have observed the process, you will be comfortable and you’ll find it’s a fun way to find a deal.

GPS Systems Help Bucket Trucks in Storm Response

When global positioning systems (GPS technology) came to the forefront of new business tools several years ago, they were expensive accessories. In the last decade, the price has come down and this helpful tool can now be acquired for a relatively low price. Its affordability allows many people to purchase one for monitoring bucket trucks!  One of the most beneficial uses within utility and contractor fleets is in Tornado, Hurricane, Ice and other Storm Response.

Bucket Trucks & Storm Response

When disaster strikes as it did recently with Tornados in Oklahoma, utility companies from all across the nation deploy their crews and equipment in an effort to help restore power and communication as soon as possible.  It’s common for thousands of personnel and equipment items to converge on am area within 24 hours. With all that labor and equipment available, in an area unfamiliar to the workers it is incredibly helpful to have GPS systems on hand to effectively send help where it is needed desperately.  In many cases the GPS systems allow dispatchers to be updated as soon as a crew has restored power to an address, and they can be routed to the next location based on knowing where the crew is and where the next and closest customer is located. A GPS is a system based on a network of satellites orbiting the earth.  Originally placed there by the United States Department of Defense for military use. The helpfulness was soon discovered by civilians and the use of these satellites has become a standard, ever since.
  • Find Your Location – There are circumstances when fleets are deployed to unfamiliar places that vehicles operators don’t know. Having a GPS in bucket trucks will help find a work site more quickly and safely. The GPS device can show the exact the location of the destination, making travel faster and more convenient so that less time will be spent finding the location than working at it.
  • Fuel Savings – Imagine that a driver with all the equipment has become lost. In the past, it would require turning around and going back to ask the dispatcher for more detailed directions. All these efforts to find a work site can consume a lot of fuel. A GPS device would be very handy and effective to get users to the right
  • Avoid Traffic – Responding to dispatch and roaming around a city may not be that easy, especially if becoming trapped in the middle of a traffic jam. Most devices now have a feature that provides traffic updates and can even offer alternative routes if traffic congestion is noted in the upcoming route, which would obviously save time otherwise lost sitting in backed-up traffic.
  • Monitoring – Checking on the status of a crew deployed a distance away is generally based on radio communications and then paper reports when the fleet comes back from the work site, although it never was an assurance of the facts surrounding being delayed in reaching a work site. A GPS device cannot guarantee the level of employee efficiency at an assignment; however, it can guarantee a crew’s arriving with the equipment. When workers know they are being tracked, they are more likely to follow company policies.
  • Safety- Having a GPS system installed in bucket trucks assures safety, since drivers do not have to worry about getting lost and can pay more attention to traffic and the route.
GPS, with all its benefits, and bucket trucks go hand-in-hand in creating a more efficiently run company. So do not waste any more time and invest in these time and cost-saving tools to leverage them and improve the level of service you can provide, as well as improve your profitability. The next time attending a utility equipment auction, consider having a GPS installed on the bucket trucks you purchased. You have options, and purchasing a bucket truck does not have to be intimidating. Knowing what to focus on and which things to look for can help you make an informed decision. Contact us and we will be glad to discuss your options.
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