Press release from Claas below:
A new dedicated Used Machinery Centre has been opened at the CLAAS UK headquarters at Saxham, Suffolk, which will provide dedicated facilities in which used machinery can be assessed, prepared and stored under cover prior to being sold.
The new £1 million development was officially opened by Councillor Robert Everitt, the Mayor of St Edmundsbury. The importance of this development was evident in the fact that also attending the ceremony were Thierry Panadero (CLAAS Regional President Western Europe) and Jan-Hendrik Mohr (CLAAS Global Vice President, Sales and Service).
Following the official opening of the new Used Machinery Centre, the building hosted the the annual CLAAS UK Dealer Sales Launch, which was attended by over 200 dealers and their sales staff from the 46 CLAAS UK dealerships throughout the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland.
When the CLAAS Used Approved scheme was launched last year, it set a new standard within the agricultural industry for the approval and preparation of used tractors.
The development by CLAAS UK of the new Used Machinery Centre at Saxham is the first stage in the further development of the CLAAS Used Approved scheme, which has now been expanded to cover all CLAAS self-propelled machines.
The new Used Machinery Centre will provide dedicated facilities in which used machinery can go through the initial stringent approval procedure, prior to being prepared and stored under cover for sale.
Recent years have seen the value for used tractors and other self-propelled machines such as combine harvesters increase considerably on the back of currency exchange rates, inflation and more advanced technology. However, unlike most other vehicle markets, for the farmer looking to invest in a used tractor or combine harvester there is currently no clear benchmark as to the quality level of the machinery being offered.
Where the farmer buying a car, most franchised dealers will be offering used vehicles that are prepared to a set manufacturer’s standard. However, in agriculture this is rarely the case. Aside from being more expensive than most cars, the cost implications of a tractor and certainly a combine harvester not being up to standard could potentially be very expensive in terms of lost productivity and repairs.
With the introduction of the new CLAAS Approved scheme, the buyer can have confidence that the tractor or combine harvester has been fully checked to a high set standard. Only machines that pass the stringent approval procedure will be offered for sale under the CLAAS Approved Used scheme, and to back this up they will be covered by a warranty and a 0% subsidised finance scheme through CLAAS FINANCE.
With the development of the Used Machinery Centre and expansion of the CLAAS Approved Used scheme, this will set a new benchmark for used machinery in the UK. It will also help instil confidence that buying a used CLAAS machine is a sound investment, with many of the benefits that would normally only be expected with buying new, allied to the low cost of ownership associated with buying a used tractor or combine harvester.
The Lord Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Councillor Robert Everitt officially opened the new USED Machinery Centre at CLAAS UK, Saxham, with Jan-Hendrik Mohr (left), Trevor Tyrrell, CEO CLAAS UK and Thierry Panadero (far right).