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I was recently offered two machines from a broker in Shanghai. One was said to be a 2003 Dynapac CA351D Smooth Drum Vib Roller and the other a 2002 Dynapac Pad Foot Compactor. The supplier sent us photos and serial numbers. They included a photo of the serial number place for the roller and a photo of the serial number plate for the engine of the compactor.

It was quite obvious from the photos of the serial number plates that these plates were not authentic. The model and serial numbers etched into them were not straight and was of poor workmanship.

Secondly, we went about trying to independently verify the serial numbers to confirm the models and years. We used a serial number guide which can provide this information. Nothing added up. Firstly, Dynapac stopped making CA251D’s in 1999. The serial numbers are usually 8 digits and all start with the same three numbers. This serial number was 6 digits and the first three did not match the standard first three for this type of model. While the compactor serial number was 8 digits, it did not match with anything in the serial number records.

So we decided to contact Dynapac directly and asked them if they could help and verify the info. We sent them the photos and the descriptions given.

Dynapac confirmed that the information provided by the supplier was false and that by the looks of the photos, they could tell that these machines were made jointly by Dynapac and XCMG of China when when they had a JV back in the 90s.

We went back to the supplier and confronted them with this information. Initially they tried to deny it. Then we said we would no longer buy the machines. They finally admitted to cheating and told us the true pedigree of the machines.

Based in the correct information, we renegotiated the deal and the machines were priced accordingly.

Lesson to be learned? ALWAYS verify the information provided by the supplier yourself. Never rely on the supplier to give you accurate or truthful information. If you are tricked, it is nobody’s fault but your own.

Secondly, never be afraid to contact the manufacturer to garner the correct information. It is in their own interest to cooperate and give you the accurate information and they almost always cooperate.

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Posted March 13, 2011 by chinacetrader in Uncategorized