Should You Buy a New Yard Ramp or Rent: Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you're renting, buying, or selling a mobile yard ramp or a stationary dock ramp . . . The Yard Ramp Guy Team prides itself on clarity with each and every one of our customers, potential customers, and vendors. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions, answered:
What is my risk when buying a used yard ramp?
I found a used yard ramp. Can I get a finder's fee for referring The Yard Ramp Guy with the seller?
I found a used yard ramp on my own but have no idea if it is worth what the seller is asking. Can you help?
I expected a used ramp to be at least half the price of a new ramp. Why do the prices seem high?
Do you have additional used ramps not shown on The Yard Ramp Guy's site?
Will I get a firm offer?
Can I post my ramp on your site to sell it myself?
How does the For-Sale-by-Owner arrangement work?
- You determine the Asking Price.
- The Yard Ramp Guy invoices you for 7% of the Asking Price as a Posting Fee.
- Our Posting Fee Terms: Payment in full due to The Yard Ramp Guy prior to ramp posting on websites.
- Your contact information will be included within the posting.
- You field all inquiries, issue all quotes, and handle transaction details.
- The Yard Ramp Guy will leave the posting active until you notify us to convert it to “Sold” status.
- Upon notification of sale, The Yard Ramp Guy reserves the right to continue the posting so long as all references to Seller, including name, phone number and email are removed. Unit will be marked as “Sold.”
How does the Ramp Broker arrangement work?
- Seller and The Yard Ramp Guy agree upon an Asking Price.
- The Yard Ramp Guy posts the ramp for sale under “Used Yard Ramps” at no cost to Seller.
- All inquiries, quotes, price negotiations and transaction details are handled by The Yard Ramp Guy.
- Seller understands The Yard Ramp Guy is acting in the mutual benefit of Seller and The Yard Ramp Guy.
- Seller agrees to a Handshake arrangement with The Yard Ramp Guy. If a buyer comes along that The Yard Ramp Guy had no part in pursuing ⏤ and Seller works out a deal that is better for them ⏤ we only ask that you let us know the ramp is no longer available. (Our parents and grandparents got to do handshake deals all the time. When was the last time you got to do it? I love this part of my business!)
Consummation of Sale:
- Buyer is required to pay The Yard Ramp Guy in full prior to shipment.
- Upon receipt of payment from Buyer, The Yard Ramp Guy will direct deposit payment to Seller for their 70% share of the final sale price. If there were seller-related expenses paid out by The Yard Ramp Guy, such expenses will be deducted from Seller’s share. Seller will be aware of any reductions in advance of receiving payment from The Yard Ramp Guy.
What determines the value of my ramp?
How do I sell a ramp?
If my Rental Agreement is for two months, but I need it longer, what do I do?
Am I permitted to pick up and return the ramp myself or through my preferred carrier?
Who is responsible for repairs?
When will my ramp arrive?
How does The Yard Ramp Guy sell new ramps for less than the factory?
Manufacturers often sell direct to end-users but honor the 800+ dealers around the country by committing to not going below the standard dealer’s retail price point. As far as pricing goes, we are competing against other dealers or the factory selling at dealer pricing. We have no bricks and mortar. Our overhead is very limited. Our web presence funnels all the leads we could hope for, so our marketing budget is lean. Rather than pricing along with other dealers and pocketing the additional profits, we pass the overhead savings on to our customers to win their business.
Why does The Yard Ramp Guy feature only three yard ramp manufacturers?
The three manufacturers featured—Bluff Manufacturing of Ft. Worth, Texas; Mid-State Ramps of Denton, North Carolina; and Quality Material Handling of Rancho Cucamonga, California—make outstanding quality products and are the leading makers of yard ramps. There are a few other manufacturers making quality products but not, in our opinion, with the same commitment to the vertical product line. They also sell at price points beyond our business model. We would have no hesitation to re-sell one of their ramps as used. However, for most of our customers’ applications, they do not match our goal for being the most reliable and lowest priced yard ramp dealer in the country.
Where do I find lifting straps for my forklift to off-load or load a yard ramp?
- Part #: EE29444FT
- Description: 2 Ply Lifting Sling – 11K-lb Vertical Capacity – 4″ x 4′
- Price: $28.32 each, plus shipping (as of July 2021)
With a ground-to-dock forklift ramp, how do you keep the unit from moving or slipping?
- Spot-Weld – If your ramp makes enough direct contact with a steel plate capping your dock, we encourage spot-welding and are happy to secure the services of a local mobile spot-welder as part of our Turnkey Installation Service.
- Anchor Bolt – Our new ramps include factory-drilled anchor bolt holes in anchor tabs attached to the top and bottom of each side rail. We are happy to secure the services of a local handyman to install anchor bolts as part of our Turnkey Installation Service.
- Anchor Brackets/Chains – Customers may purchase Dock Mounting Kits including heavy-duty brackets and chains. The brackets are anchor bolted to the face of the dock and the ramp’s safety chains are pulled tight to hold the ramp firmly against the dock ledge. We are happy to secure the services of a local handyman to install anchor brackets as part of our Turnkey Installation Service.
How does a 30' ramp with a 6' level off differ from the 36' in terms of limitations?
Infographics: Buying Used, Renting, Turnkey Services
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