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Shopping Certified Pre-Owned Programs
Taking their cue from carmakers, all major farm equipment builders now offer certified pre-owned programs (CPO) to entice investment in like-new large machinery. Although CPO offers have enjoyed limited use by dealers, it is an option you can ask for when negotiating the purchase of late-model machinery.
This purchase option offers the appeal of extended warranty coverage. Yet, CPOs are rich with other benefits, such as certifying that a machine has been inspected, repaired, and upgraded to field-ready status.
“Certified pre-owned equipment programs give you the option to trade up to late-model used machines with new technology,” says Bill Weber of John Deere. “Typically, these machines have better fuel economy, comfort, convenience, and the latest technology.”
Claas was the first company to introduce the concept of CPO when it introduced its Lexion Field Ready Reconditioned program in 2012. Today, that company offers a two-tier approach to its CPO efforts.
Its latest innovation is called First Claas Used. This program calls for high-quality Lexion combines to be cleaned and to undergo a rigorous 250-point inspection that includes the creation of a recommended parts list given to the buyer to implement, explains John Schofield of Claas.
The second-tier CPO program, Claas Field Ready, makes all the recommended fixes called for in the First Claas Used program, plus it upgrades key wear items and then tacks on a one-year service plan.
“These programs apply to Lexions that are as much as 5 to 6 years old with 2,500 hours or less. These are the machines that qualify for Claas Field Ready,” Schofield says.
CPO programs offered by other manufacturers are generally offered only on select large and late-model machines that meet certain eligibility thresholds.
Deere’s CPO program includes all late-model four-wheel drives; 8R, 8RT, and 7R tractors; all S-series combines; and all self-propelled sprayers.
AGCO’s program covers late-model and low-hour Challenger, Massey Ferguson, and Fendt tractors. Gleaner, Massey Ferguson, and Challenger combines that qualify must be less than 3 years old with fewer than 750 separator hours. Eligible RoGator sprayers have to be less than 4 years old with no more than 1,800 hours.
AGCO offers extended coverage on big square balers and windrowers. Eligible balers must be less than 3 years old and have under 30,000 bales, while windrowers must be 3 years of age or newer with no more than 3,000 engine hours.
Case IH’s CPO program includes late-model Steiger and Magnum tractors, Axial Flow series combines, and Patriot sprayers.
New Holland’s CPO effort is available for late-model T8 and T9 series tractors and CR and CX series combines.
No matter the program, machinery undergoes a thorough inspection and testing process, as well as a reconditioning process by certified technicians to repair or replace any necessary components.
Each brand adds a comprehensive extended warranty plan that provides one or more years of coverage.
Don’t forget the bonuses. The occasional CPO bonus – like a $100 reward Case IH and New Holland provide – can be used to purchase parts at a dealership.
Deere offers a one-year subscription to JDLink, which monitors machinery location and performance.