Agricultural machinery importer Claas UK opened an industry first at its Saxham headquarters yesterday.
The company unveiled its newly-built used machinery centre to spearhead its new approved used scheme.
Chief executive Trevor Tyrell said: “A huge part of our business is used machinery and we want to do it more efficiently than the used car industry.”
Manufacturer-backed and audited used car warranties have become universal since Vauxhall began Network Q in 1990, but Mr Tyrell said Claas’ is a first in agricultural machinery.
He said it will cover used combines, tractors and forage harvesters, as well as non-Claas machines.
Dealers taking part will have to have their machine preparation audited by Claas UK, which owns seven of its UK dealers covering 22 locations.
Machines will go through a 250-point check and all parts subject to wear will be replaced.
Combines, in particular, hold their value so even a used one may sell for more than £200,000.
Mr Tyrell explained: “Our workshop can spend more than a week preparing them – it can cost £20,000.
“The important thing then is not to leave them outside over winter. The new building means we can avoid that.”
“We want it to look like a new one.”
Claas UK has invested almost £1 million in its new building close to its Saxham headquarters.
The 27,000sq ft building, which replaces a WW2-vintage hangar, has low energy lighting and could take heat from a nearby anaerobic digester plant.
Richard Vaughan, retail director, said: “We’re investing in the Bury area, investing in our future and investing in staff.”