Hess Auctioneers – Bringing Buyers and Sellers Together
By Steve Pollock
MARIETTA, PA...Whether you’re a buyer, seller or just watching, auctions can be an exciting and adrenaline rush experience. Buyers want to get the lowest price they can and of course sellers want to get the most money possible for what they are selling. Regardless of whether you are buying or selling, auctions are an excellent way for both parties to deal directly with one another while also moving the equipment quickly.
Hess Auctioneers of Marietta, Pennsylvania, just South of Harrisburg, is in the business of bringing buyers and sellers together to move equipment quickly and efficiently. They also strive to help everyone participating in the auction process, whether you are a dealer who has been to many auctions or an individual participating in your first auction. For sellers, the folks at Hess Auctioneers will help you through the process of auctioning your equipment, including explaining the paperwork you will need, how the payment process works and determining if the seller would prefer a reserve option or absolute option. With a reserve option, the seller can set a minimum amount on the equipment, while an absolute option sells the equipment without a minimum opening, bid amount. The experts at Hess Auctioneers will help you determine a realistic value for your equipment if the seller decides to auction with a reserve. The company can also arrange for transportation for the equipment to or from the auction as well. Another vital service provided by Hess Auctioneers is a certified independent mechanical inspection of equipment, complete with an oil sample. Online bidding is also available with about 30% of sales now being conducted online.
Hess Auctioneers has 8 acres of auction site with plenty of truck and passenger car parking. They are only about 18 miles South of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 247, Harrisburg, PA. Auctions are held every two months and are scheduled for February, April, June, August, October and December. Hess Auctioneers operate two auction rings. Ring One is for Class 8 trucks of all types, including sleepers, daycabs and Class 6 and 7 Straight Trucks. Ring One also auctions trailers of all types, including dry boxes, reefers, flatbeds, stepdecks, detachables, walking floor and belt trailers along with various other trailer models that may be consigned. In Ring Two, construction and heavy equipment is auctioned along with industrial chippers, farm equipment, RVs, ATVs and many other types of equipment. A full time notary is on duty from 8:30 am – 4 pm Monday thru Friday to handle the title work.
Hess Auctioneers was started in 2007 to provide heavy truck and equipment customers in the Harrisburg area with auction services. The company is a partnership between John Hess Auction Services, Garber Farms and Jag Trux.
Hess Auctioneers draws equipment from a 150-mile radius of Harrisburg for their auctions. Because the concentration of equipment in this area, they usually have a great selection for each auction. The company is a member of UTA (Used Truck Association), PMTA (Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association) and ABC (The Association of Building Contractors). The company has grown and doubled business in 2010, 2011 and again in 2014. Hess Auctioneers advertises and promotes each auction in industry publications such as Movin’ Out as well as mailing sale flyers to approximately 12,000 individuals and companies on their mailing list. They also send an email blast to their customers.
All of Hess Auctioneers auctions are open to the public, including individuals, dealers, banks and contractors. All equipment must be process 10 days prior to each auction and it is recommended that equipment be consigned 1 month in advance so it can be promoted in brochures and advertising. Complete auction inventories are available at www.HessAuctioneers.net. Online bidders are welcome for those who can’t make it to the auction.
Hess Auctioneers is in a service driven industry, they strive to “Do the right thing by our customers.” There is no need to be intimidated by the auction process, experienced professionals such as Bill Troop will be glad to assist you in consigning your equipment or help with any other facet of the auction process. Phone 866-511-2493 for additional information.