From one used price list to another, the hypothetical value of your construction material can vary greatly.

From one used price list to another, the hypothetical value of your construction material can vary greatly.

An actual price list or just a way of establishing the value of a used machine?

When professionals are looking to get rid of a construction vehicle, it is unlikely they’ll be blown away by the generosity of the offers they receive from dealers or traders. This is because the latter tend to refer to the price list drawn up by the National Federation for Public Works (FNTP), whose prices are normally less generous than those calculated by an expert with a more extensive knowledge of the second-hand market. However, when it comes to resolving certain legal disputes, the price list is an essential tool for experts operating within the sector, whether those experts are called upon by the private sector or by the legal authorities.

The prices, based on the new “catalogue” price supplied by the equipment suppliers to the FNTP, are calculated using depreciation formulas that are specific to each individual category. Given that different machines are all used in different ways, these values need to be adjusted in order to take each vehicle into account: its current condition (in terms of mechanics, the equipment and its appearance), the number of hours since its last service in relation to the average amount used for standard calculations and previous working conditions. The FNTP provide a theoretical “price” for second-hand machines which then makes it possible to calculate their actual commercial value.

Seeking an authoritative price list for the second-hand market

The price list drawn up by the National Federation for Public Works is indispensable for experts whose responsibility it is to determine the cost of construction equipment. And yet, the existence of such a resource doesn’t mean that these experts aren’t able to draw on their own solid experience when it comes to evaluating your vehicles. There can be certain issues with the FNTP price, especially with specialist equipment or when the machinery in question is out of date. In cases such as these, the evaluation requires extensive knowledge of the market. At CODIMATRA, that’s exactly what we have. Our knowledge of both the French and international markets is what gives us this level of precision when it comes to making propositions for buying and selling construction equipment. What’s more, our experts base their decisions on concrete details: the age of the machine, the number of hours on the clock, its equipment, how it has been looked after, its serial number, etc. We know it only too well: even in good faith, owners have a certain tendency to overestimate the cost of their own machines, for which they still retain a degree of attachment