Thompson Tractor Holds Year-End Used Equipment Event

Wed November 27, 2019 - Southeast Edition #24
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Thompson Tractor hosted a used equipment sale event at its Used Equipment Sales Center in Montgomery, Ala., on Nov. 14. The event provided in-territory customers an opportunity to take advantage of the best selection of machines for this end of year, one-day pricing inventory reduction sale.

Customer Inman Ellis of Coastal Brush Cutting in Daphne, Ala., said he's been dealing with Thompson Tractor for 15 years or so and drove more than 150 miles to be one of the first buyers at the sale. He said it was well worth the trip.

"Even though we're a small brush cutting company, Thompson always looks out for us, directs us to their best deals and treats us like we bought a hundred machines from them," Ellis said. "I needed a machine and I got a really good deal here today."

"For this event we brought in machines from 11 different locations from all over Alabama and northwest Florida," said Frank Brasfield, Thompson Tractor used equipment manager. "These are Cat Rental Store, Cat-certified and used machines from our entire inventory with an average machine age of 3-4 years old with 2,000 to 6,000 hours. Nothing extremely high on the hour meter.

"We have over 110 pieces in the sale discounted anywhere between 15 to 20 percent off our list day-to-day pricing. Primarily this sale serves to reduce our inventory at year-end and put the machines right back into the hands of buyers in our territory to complete the cycle and regenerate our parts and service business. But mostly, to give our regular customers an opportunity to buy these machines at a much lower price than they would have been able to get earlier in the year.

"There will still be post-event sale pricing until the end of the year," Brasfield added. "Not as deeply discounted as this sale event, but still a very good deal.

"We've actually been diversifying our inventory. We used to be known for carrying primarily big Cat machines in our used equipment inventory. We're now carrying a wide range of machine sizes, off brands, attachments, trucks and small rental products.

"This event also serves to bring awareness to this facility as being the Used Equipment Sales Center. Since 2016, this facility has been designated as the centralized point for Thompson Tractor where all trade-ins come in and are put through the shop for a complete analysis of each machine. This Used Equipment Sales Center now has over $6 million in heavy machine inventory and $2.5 million in compact and allied machine inventory." CEG

The Used Equipment Sales Center in Montgomery, Ala., has been the centralized point for all of Thompson Tractor’s used equipment operations since 2016.
The Used Equipment Sales Center in Montgomery, Ala., has been the centralized point for all of Thompson Tractor’s used equipment operations since 2016.

Inman Ellis (L) of Coastal Brush Cutting in Daphne, Ala., and his Thompson Tractor representative, Gulf Region Manager Tobie Sheils, stand in the bucket of Inman’s newly purchased Cat 297D2 compact track loader.
Inman Ellis (L) of Coastal Brush Cutting in Daphne, Ala., and his Thompson Tractor representative, Gulf Region Manager Tobie Sheils, stand in the bucket of Inman’s newly purchased Cat 297D2 compact track loader.

Proud new owners of a Cat 299D compact track loader (L-R) are Johnny Jones and Marc Jones of Construction Services in Prattville, Ala., and their Thompson Tractor sales representative, Hardy Traylor.
Proud new owners of a Cat 299D compact track loader (L-R) are Johnny Jones and Marc Jones of Construction Services in Prattville, Ala., and their Thompson Tractor sales representative, Hardy Traylor.

This sale had one of the best used Caterpillar excavator selections in the Southeast.
This sale had one of the best used Caterpillar excavator selections in the Southeast.

Looking over the attachment inventory before the sale got underway (L-R) are Thompson Tractor sales coordinators Tim Stewart and Cari Gore with their manager, Jim Thompson, who is officially retiring at the end of this year after a 41-year career with Thompson Tractor.
Looking over the attachment inventory before the sale got underway (L-R) are Thompson Tractor sales coordinators Tim Stewart and Cari Gore with their manager, Jim Thompson, who is officially retiring at the end of this year after a 41-year career with Thompson Tractor.

Discussing the machines and great deals at the event (L-R) are Jarrod Honeycutt, independent contractor based in Jasper, Ala.; Terry King and Jeff Pope of Thompson Tractor; and Dena Honeycutt.
Discussing the machines and great deals at the event (L-R) are Jarrod Honeycutt, independent contractor based in Jasper, Ala.; Terry King and Jeff Pope of Thompson Tractor; and Dena Honeycutt.

Some of the staff of W.S. Newell in Montgomery, Ala., came out for lunch and to see what deals could be had. (L-R): Doug Cousins, Blane Mason, Sam Newell, Phillip Turner, Emily Anne Newell of Thompson Tractor, her dad Keith Newell and brother Mitchell Newell.
Some of the staff of W.S. Newell in Montgomery, Ala., came out for lunch and to see what deals could be had. (L-R): Doug Cousins, Blane Mason, Sam Newell, Phillip Turner, Emily Anne Newell of Thompson Tractor, her dad Keith Newell and brother Mitchell Newell.

Tommy Riggs and Robby Jasper of the Thompson Parts Solutions division pitched a tent and were exhibiting their used, surplus, rebuilt and reconditioned parts capabilities to the attendees.
Tommy Riggs and Robby Jasper of the Thompson Parts Solutions division pitched a tent and were exhibiting their used, surplus, rebuilt and reconditioned parts capabilities to the attendees.

Here is just a portion of the used machines discounted during the sale event.
Here is just a portion of the used machines discounted during the sale event.

Customers rolled in all day to see what kind of deals they could snag on a wide array of off-brands and allied equipment.
Customers rolled in all day to see what kind of deals they could snag on a wide array of off-brands and allied equipment.