I write the day after one of my favorite sporting events of the year….The Masters golf tournament. I love to watch it, and I love to play. Unfortunately I am much better at watching it than playing. As much as I have rooted against Sergio Garcia over the years and during Ryder Cup matches, I found myself happy for him as he finally won his first Major.
As those of you who play know, golf is a game of repeated frustration interspersed with fleeting moments of glory. Still, I always arrive at the course with an air of optimism (if not confidence), convinced that all my reading of tips and continued practice will surely pay off in an improved score. Hope springs eternal.
One of the keys to a consistently successful golf game is proper planning. Course management and club selection are often just as important as how well you hit the ball. If you don’t plan your shot, there’s a good chance it isn’t going to end up where you want it, regardless of how well you strike it. The same goes for equipment purchases. No matter how good a system looks or sounds, there are always steps that need to be taken to make sure it arrives the way you expect.
We know that buying equipment on the used market can be intimidating, confusing, and that there is risk involved. When you buy equipment from TEAM A.T.E. we work to add value to the transaction, and mitigate the risk. We do our best to address all the issues proactively, and construct deals in a way that makes strategic and economic sense for both buyers and sellers.
At TEAM A.T.E., our goal is to help mitigate these risks. That is why we ask the right questions up-front so that you can then make purchasing decisions that make the most sense for you. For example, before we decide to bring a piece of equipment into our inventory, we need to determine if the machine is going to be attractive to potential buyers. Some of the questions we want to address are:
- What is the detailed configuration? What options are included? What rev levels are the important cards in the system?
- What upgrades might be needed, and what will they cost?
- How much will it cost the new end-user to re-license the software in order to have support from the OEM?
- What is the vintage and/or serial number?
- Is the system still powered, and can it be inspected?
- If not powered, does the owner have a diagnostics report and/or a de-installation showing it was passing diagnostics when it was powered down?
- Timing and availability?
Our goal is to build repeat customers, not sell you a piece of equipment that doesn’t make sense for you. Give us a call and see what we mean. Whether you are buying or selling, we’ll make sure that you can be confident that you are getting straight questions….and straight answers. However, I am the last person help with your golf game. I may know what to do…but I have no idea how to do it!