November 2013 – May 2014 results show that the top 5 brands have held their places as the parts most searched for during this period. Caterpillar, Komatsu, Volvo, JCB and Hitachi maintained their order from the previous 6 months. However Case took over the the next position which was previously held by John Deer.
Closer analyses illustrates the exact types of machines for which people have been searching for parts. Not much movement in the types of machines since our last report with excavators accounting for the the largest portion.
All Requests can be viewed on the website with more information of the type of parts people are searching for. Requests vary enormously including hydraulic pumps, engines, axles, final drives, cylinders, transmissions, gaskets, injectors and much more.
Look what we spotted passing the office window this morning.
Wonder if they need any parts… A Marine engine perhaps?
Doha is a hive of construction activity with the 2022 World Cup development plans in full swing. However the allegations of workers mistreatment is overshadowing any positive press it might bring to the region. With many of the workers coming from Nepal and India reports suggest that on average 400 workers are dying every year. Evidence suggest that they are being forced to work 15 hour days in over 50 degree temperatures and surviving on a minimum of 1 meal per day. Between shifts they are living in appalling conditions with 20 people per room without access to basic medical facilities. Many of the workers went to Qatar expecting to be utilizing their trades as electricians and plumbers only to find that they are working cleaning or carrying cement and bricks on high rise apartment buildings.
Trade unions are concerned that the death toll could rise to 600 per year if drastic action is not taken soon to improve conditions. Qatar is one of the world richest countries and is using over $100bn gained from natural resources on the infrastructure required to host the world cup. While this is of benefit to the construction and spare parts industries, trade unions campaign it should not be at the expense of human beings trying to earn a living.
In honour of our 10,000th Parts Request our very own and very brave Mary-Jane will be taking part in a Charity 10,000 ft Skydive this Saturday the 7th September!
We don’t know what to be more excited about, 10,000 satisfied Buyers or 10,000 ft Free fall?!!?
Good Luck Mary-Jane – we will be safe on terra firma to ensure the 10,000th buyer gets lots of quotes and finds their part…….I wonder who it will be…..stay tuned!
We have been made aware of a particularly nasty scam that everybody dealing across international borders should be aware of. Somebody hacked into their Yahoo email account and saw that they had agreed to purchase a machine. After the vendor emailed the invoice they copied the invoice, changed the bank details and then contacted the buyer saying that the account number had changed. Had the purchaser looked closely they would have noticed that the email address was not the correct email address rather the firstname.lastname@example.org. The purchaser then made a bank transfer into the fake account thinking it belonged to the supplier. Luckily on this occasion the customer was able to intervene with the Police and got their funds returned, but others might not be so lucky.
We have come up with some helpful tips to help avoid becoming the victim of a scam whether you are buying or selling machinery or parts:
- Check every detail on the invoice carefully
- Always call the company in person to verify the bank details
- Cross reference contact details with the company’s website
- If in doubt check, double check and triple check everything
- Be alert for any suspicious correspondence about changes to bank details
At the heavy equipment auction Ritchie Bros in Hartford, CT, USA yesterday there was a lot of older Cat equipment still making high prices. This confirms what is obvious from recent UrParts.com parts requests that due to the continued recession in the construction market many operators are choosing to purchase older machines and keep them running with cheaper spare parts than finance the purchase of younger equipment. This trend is also due in part to the increase of electronic control in construction equipment produced post year 2000. An increasing amount of owners regret purchasing newer equipment as it requires at lot of additional costs when getting the main dealer out to diagnose simple electronic faults that cannot be found or repaired without difficult to obtain hardware and software.