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ATM Buyers Guide: How to Choose the ATM Equipment That’s Best for Your Business

We’ve created an ATM buyers guide to help you determine which ATM equipment options best suit you. We’ll discuss each brand, each type, and even prices to help get you started.

The selection process can be broken down into three steps:

Step 1: Choose ATM Type

Step 2: Choose a Manufacturer

Step 3: Choose New or Refurbished

When it comes to choosing an ATM, you want to know which one is the best. However, what the decision really comes down to is which one is the best for you

Keep size in mind too. Do you need a through-the-wall ATM or a smaller version? There’s a lot to consider. Our ATM Buyers Guide can help get you started. Check out the following options and see which machine best meets your needs and space.

ATM Buyers Guide Step 1: ATM Type

Before we cover a few main ATM brands, let’s discuss type. There are three popular options: free standing, through-the-wall, and wall mount.

Free standing ATMs vary in size, but are generally smaller than through-the-wall. The advantage of free standing ATMs is that they can be placed anywhere there’s a power supply. This gives you more freedom with your organization and planning.

Through-the-wall (TTW) ATMs are heavier. The bulky part (the interface) extending from the front of the ATM (the chassis) fits into or through the wall protruding into the next room. 

It might take some construction work to get this area developed if it doesn’t already exist in your space, but through-the-wall ATMs are typically more secure because they are often placed in rooms with controlled access.

Keep in mind that TTW ATM machines are also better when facing outdoors as they allow a secure way to offer 24-hour convenient cash access to passers-by and not just in-store customers. That often translates into higher usage.

The smallest option is a wall mount ATM. These ATMs can be mounted to a wall using sturdy steel brackets (included with the ATM) or optionally mounted on a table or counter-top depending on how much space you have to work with.

Because of their space-saving size, wall mount ATMs hold less notes but can be the perfect ATM for small businesses and lower-traffic locations.

ATM Buyers Guide Step 2: ATM Manufacturers and Equipment Options

ATM Depot offers full lines of Hyosung, Genmega, Triton, and Hantle/Tranax machines. Plus, we can get just about any machine you may be interested in. In addition to a brief overview of each brand, we’ll share our recommendations and most popular machines.

Hyosung ATM Machines

Hyosung Halo 2

The Hyosung Halo II has a ‘Halo’ around the keypad which is great for dimly lit locations

Hyosung is a Korean-based company that first introduced its Nautilus Hyosung ATMs to the United States in 1998. Their US office is located in Irving, Texas. They’ve deployed thousands of ATMs worldwide since 1997.

Hyosung is considered to be the leading provider of ATM hardware, software, and service. They have a reputation for having the most reliable, durable, and flexible ATMs.

If you have limited location or floor space, the Hyosung 4000w is a space-saving option that can be mounted to a counter-top or vertical surface. Don’t worry. It has all of the same features and options as the new and very popular free standing Hyosung Halo II (Hyosung Halo 2) model.

The “Halo” is appropriately named. The LED lighting surrounding the keypad draws more users and therefore more revenue for your bottom line. The Halo is perfect for dimly lit areas like bars and clubs due to its LED lighting. 

The 10.1 high-resolution color screen is larger than most ATM screens which makes it perfect for customization. The vibrant 10” color LCD screen adds to this machine’s user-friendliness. 

Genmega ATM Machines

Genmega headquarters are in Fremont, California. One of the newest ATM companies, they introduced their first ATMs in 2006. However, since that time, they’ve already deployed over 50,000 units worldwide.

One of Genmega’s greatest advantages is its staff of engineers, developers, and technicians. With decades of combined ATM experience, there’s no shortage of help. Genmega is noted for its cutting-edge engineering and integration.

Specifically, we recommend the new through-the-wall Genmega GT3000. The terminal is small, compact, and weather-resistant. It’s a great option for outdoor space or where space is limited. Although new, the Genmega GT3000 is proof of Genmega’s goal to manufacture high-quality, reliable equipment.

As far as free-standing options, we’d recommend the G2500. It’s comparable to the Halo II mentioned above with an 8″ TFT high-resolution 32-bit color LCD screen. The Genmega G2500 is the latest option for a brand-new Genmega ATM machine. A little bit lower in cost, it’s our second most popular machine after the Halo II.  

Hantle (Tranax) ATM Machines

Tranax began as a business partner of Korea’s Hyosung Computer Company. They first introduced their ATMs to the US in 1998. In 2010, Tranax changed its name to Hantle, the name of its Korea-based parent.

From 650 their first year to 6,000 the next, half of the machines deployed were the ever-popular Mini-Bank 1000 ATM. Additionally, Tranax/Hantle ATMs experience almost zero service issues for their 1700 Series according to our field technicians. For the hundreds of these ATMs we’ve deployed, our technicians rarely make service calls to them.

Triton ATM Machines

Triton had its start in the early 1990s and has been a market leader ever since. The company produces reliable ATMs that last upwards of ten years. Triton has been a privately owned company since 2010 and produced its 200,000th ATM in 2011.

As a matter of fact, ATM Depot’s founder, and author of The Amazing Money Machine, Noah Weider was part of Triton Systems’ original Triton Advisory Committee in 1992. One of the oldest ATM companies, Triton continues to produce quality machines.

While the popular Triton 9600 has been discontinued, a close second is the Triton 9100 which you can purchase used and refurbished (more on this later). 

ATM Buyers Guide Step 3: New vs. Refurbished

Triton 9100 ATM Machine

The Triton 9100 is a great refurbished machine for a location with lower-traffic

You can purchase brand new ATMs of most models from ATM Depot, or you can purchase a refurbished version. It just depends on your needs and what you’re looking for.

Of course new is nice, but don’t turn up your nose at a refurbished machine right away. First of all, you should know that refurbished machines are supplied with the newest upgrades, thoroughly cleaned, and furnished with replacement decals before being sold. 

Used ATMs aren’t always advertised as refurbished so if you’re shopping around for used ATM equipment and find a deal, be sure to ask if it’s been refurbished. Much like buying a used car from a reputable dealer. A reputable dealer will often inspect and then fix or replace any used parts that could cause a problem making it nicer.

Second, by purchasing a refurbished piece of equipment, you can rest assured that someone has gone through it already to ensure it’s durable. One downfall, however, is that refurbished ATM equipment is sold based on availability. So if you’ve got your eye on a particular brand or style, you might have to purchase it new or wait until a good used one comes around.

It’s important to note also that if you’re just starting out, technology improves with the newer machines making them easier to use. Technology on the older machines can be complicated, but brand new machines come with updated graphics, input functionalities, and simpler operator menus.

So it might be easier to input data like the ATM address, update cash amounts, add graphics, troubleshoot, etc. with a newer model. If you have minimal experience, keep the technology in mind.

New ATM Machine Pricing vs. Refurbished ATM Machine Pricing

Last, let’s do a brief price comparison to give you an idea of what to expect:

Take the discontinued Triton 9600 for example. Recommended replacements are a refurbished Triton 9100 for between $1,199 and $1,495 or a brand new Genmega 2500 for around $2,195. You could be looking at around a thousand dollar difference, but you also have to check availability. 

While the Triton is a great buy, the screen is smaller and the Genmega offers more options. However, if you’re just starting out in the ATM business and have limited funds, or if you have a location that might not be that busy but want to install an ATM anyway, refurbished ATM equipment is the ideal solution.

Discontinued ATMs

New, Used, & Certified Refurbished ATM Equipment

If you’re looking into a refurbished machine from another seller, keep in mind that some heavily discounted machines might be outdated and no longer meet requirements or process transactions.

As regulations change, so must ATM features. ATMs that don’t meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and other upgrades are accordingly unable to continue processing transactions on ATM networks. Be wary of Triton 9600, Triton 9700, WRG Apollo, and WRG Genesis models for this reason.

You might see these discontinued ATMs for sale for extremely discounted prices. But keep in mind that they won’t work for you as is. They can, however, be used for parts. Additionally, if you see one that interests you, we can provide recommendations for comparable replacements.

How to Pay for Your ATM

All the new and certified refurbished ATM equipment listed on ATMDepot.com are offered at already discounted cash prices. You can purchase the machine outright for the price listed. You can even pay with a credit card for a small additional charge.

The typical return on investment (ROI) on an outright purchase is about 3 to 18 months depending on your location, surcharge, and hours of operation. So if you use a credit card to purchase your ATM equipment and make payments, the ROI will be a little longer since you’ll pay some interest on your credit card. 

However, you can find credit cards that offer no interest for 12 months. ATM Depot even has a financial partner that can help you get small business loans to buy ATMs.

When you purchase an ATM from ATM Depot, and want us to help you run the ATM processing, there are no monthly fees, statement fees, or processing fees. Shipping is also free within the continental United States. The only additional cost is the installation fee and other upgrades which are completely optional. 

ATM Depot also offers special sales, upgrades, flexible payment options, and in-house financing. You can always contact us for more information.

Before Making a Decision

Finally, before making a definitive decision, you need to make sure you’re ready to operate your ATM. Here are the two things you will need:

  • A space / Location
  • Power supply

As long as you have these covered, we can take care of the rest. Compare the different machine options listed in this ATM buyers guide, and match them to your needs.

Contact us with your decision or with questions you have to help you make a decision. It’s easy to get set up with nationwide ATM processing. Get started today! 

New ATM Machine ADA Standards

New ATM Machine ADA Standards

A new law affecting ATM machines has passed under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and went into effect on March 15, 2012. The new ATM machine ADA standards required full compliance by the deadline date of March 15, 2012.

If you are an ATM Operator, an ATM company or a retail merchant operating one or many ATM machines, these new requirements will affect every active terminal in your ATM portfolio or retail location.

Today I’m going to tell what you need to know about these upcoming changes and how it will impact your business.

Starting on March 15, 2012 customers with disabilities should find using an ATM easier than ever before. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with this new ADA requirement your ATMs must be in compliance by March 15th.

Some ATM machines may require that you make enhancements to the way your customers physically access and interact with your ATM machines. Some of the new design standards and requirements include:

Height and Reach:
The reach requirement will change from a height of 54″ to 48″ to the top working button. This will help to ensure customers can easily access the input controls of the ATM. The exception to this change is drive thru ATMs.

ATM Machine height is now 48 inches

Clear floor space:
The area in front of the machine needs to equal 48″ x 48″ (16 square feet).

ATM Machines needs 48 inches by 48 inches of clear floor space

Accessible route:
One unobstructed side of the clear floor space must adjoin an accessible route or another clear floor space leading up to the ATM and connecting to the clear floor space in front of the ATM. This is for wheel chair accessibility.

ATM ADA Accessible Route

Voice Guidance:
All ATMs must be speech enabled to service visually impaired customers. This may require a 3.5mm female jack be accessible for head phones.

ATM ADA Voice Guidance Standards

Display Screen:
Visibility from 40″ above the center of the floor in front of the ATM, characters on the screen must be in San Sarif font. A minimum of 3/16″ high and must contrast with their background.

Braille Instructions:

Braille Instructions to initiate the aforementioned voice guidance feature must also be provided.

ATM ADA Standards for Braille Instructions

Function Keys:
Function keys must be designed to contrast visually from their background surfaces.

Input device:
Input device controls must be tactically discernible, meaning the key surfaces must be raised above the surrounding surfaces.

Numeric Keypads:
Keypads must be arranged in an ascending or descending layout. The enter key should be marked with a raised circle, the clear key with a raised left arrow, and the cancel key should be marked with a raised X. The add value key should be marked with a raised plus sign and the decrease value key should be marked with a raised minus sign.

ATM ADA Standards for Numeric Keypad

If your location has multiple ATMs the most accessible ATM must meet these new 2012 ATM standards. However, the law requires the terminal inside a location and one outside the same location be considered two separate locations. In cases like these both must be compliant.

These laws will be applied to all lobby and walk up thru-the-wall ATMs. There will be no safe harbor granted for existing units and no grandfathering of currently deployed machines.. While there are many ATM operators and banks taking a “wait and see” attitude this could potentially be a costly proposition as any ATMs that don’t meet ADA standards by the 2012 deadline could result in a civil penalty of up to $55,000 for a first offense and double that amount for subsequent offenses.

ATMDepot suggests you take this opportunity to inventory your existing ATMs and record the manufacturer, model number, and year manufactured. It would also be wise to note each terminals software and speech capabilities.

If you need help, we suggest you check with your respective vendors for more details regarding upgradability and cost. ATMDepot is able to offer several upgrade kits and exceptional pricing on new replacement ATMs in cases where you need to upgrade or replace entire machines (generally older ATM models) in order to be compliant.

Be especially careful of used or previously refurbished ATM machines at this time as there are a lot of non-compliant machines on the market that cannot be setup. Make sure the ATM you plan to purchase, especially if it’s used or refurbished, is already completely upgraded or compliant with new ADA standards. All new machines shipped from ATM manufacturers today come fully ADA compliant.

You can find more information about the ADA standards for 2012 at ada.gov

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[VIDEO] Explosives Used to Break into Machine during ATM Robbery, Thieves Caught on HD Camera

On August 11, 2017, two criminals drove their SUV up to a Gas Station ATM Kiosk with a plan. They planned to execute an ATM robbery by blowing up the ATM with some sort of liquid explosive. It is clear from this video, it’s not the first time they are attempting this. They are wanted by the FBI. The authorities were very excited to see the quality of our security footage.

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Authorities at the Crime Scene of the ATM Robbery in San Diego, CA

When you start using explosives on an ATM, you attract a lot of attention. You get the local police, sheriffs, SWAT, the Bomb Squad, ATF, and the FBI involved. That’s a lot of manpower hunting you down.

These guys are wanted by the FBI. It’s not just a local crime.  Is a few grand worth having to hide and run for the rest of your life? I don’t think so.

The suspects think they got away with it. However, as time will tell, and with the help of this HD video, and the enhancement tools Federal Law Enforcement agencies have available, they will most likely do time behind bars for this ATM robbery.  Maybe they will save all the money they stole to pay for their lawyer. They will need it.

I’ve been in the ATM business since 1994. Since then, I’ve helped hundreds of Independent ATM Deployers (IAD’s) start, run, and maintain successful ATM businesses. I’ve personally sold or installed hundreds and hundreds of ATM machines. I currently manage thousands of machines and hundreds of thousands of ATM transactions nationwide and I’ve never, ever seen anything like this.

This location has been a customer of ours for over a decade. We’ve never had any issue until we installed a new kiosk.  While this small kiosk does not appear to be bomb proof, the old kiosk building we used previously onsite was. Unfortunately for us the gas station – car wash is undergoing a remodel and needed to demolish the building, so we had to move the ATM to the other side of the parking lot.

In order not to inhibit the authority’s investigation, we won’t go into the details of what the authorities knew in this article.

However, now that we know all the details we can help others.

So, if you plan to install a kiosk and you are one of our customers (or want to be), please contact our office for some additional help.

We learned an expensive lesson, so we hope to use it to educate our customers.

ATM Depot can certainly help you avoid the same fate. We thought we prepared for every security scenario but they proved us wrong on this one. The key is that we learned an awful lot from this and can now assist our customers even better when dealing with outdoor ATMs.

**** UPDATE ****

September 28, 2017

After many calls between the account manager, Jeremy, and the FBI and ATF, on this situation, we learned that the authorities were able to issue a subpoena at the home of Scott Michael Petri. We are not sure how all this went down but we speculate that the FBI was able to leverage the information obtained in the video of the ATM robbery. According to law enforcement, one of the suspects bragged to a confidential informant about the crime. Upon serving a subpoena at the suspects home, the Law enforcement authorities say they found a drill, a gas cylinder, clothing and other incriminating evidence in his home that matched the items in the surveillance video during the crime.

Court documents allege (and video shows) Petri used a cordless drill to make two holes in the ATM machine’s housing. A second unidentified suspect (now in custody) approached the ATM with an open flame (see video, looks like a cigarette) and lit a fuse.  The suspects drove to the other side of the gas station and the ATM exploded. See the entire ATM robbery (edited for time) in the video above.

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The suspect (circled) is searching for the cash box after the ATM robbery explosion

The August robbery was the second time this year an explosive device was used on an ATM in San Diego, according to the FBI.

**** UPDATE ****

October 5, 2017

Scott Michael Petri faces a charge of using an explosive to damage property relating to a robbery at the Chevron Station and Pit Stop Car Wash on Miramar Road just south of the 15 Freeway entrance. The suspect was picked up and booked on October 5th and transferred into Federal custody and is being held in the Federal Prison in Downtown San Diego by the ATF. Bail has been set at $250,000.

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Public arrest records for Scott Michael Petri. One of the suspects in the ATM robbery.

Finding the Cash

ATM businessIf you have an ATM business, then you’ve already done your research and found it to be one of the most lucrative businesses you could have chosen to be in. The ATM business is easy to manage and operate, and you’re all but guaranteed a profit from your customers…that is, those that can find your machines.

A lot of the problem that most ATM owners face is finding ideal locations to put their cash machines. It may seem that this is a no-brainer since everybody at one time or another needs to get to an ATM machine. Surprisingly however, there are some business owners who are often surprised by the lack of traffic that their machines often get. Is this lack of traffic due to location, visibility, dependability or availability?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes!

Cash machine owners must understand that customers who frequent ATM machines are those who need convenience and flexibility. If your machines are in the right place, at the right time, and at the right locations, then your profits are all but guaranteed, and a happy customer you will make!

Location

ATM locationAlthough it may not seem or sound like a big enough deal, but location is crucial to the success of your ATM cash business. There are definitely good spots AND bad spots where you can position your ATM machines. Put it in the wrong place (or a not-as-good-as-can-be place), and your profits suffer. Put the machine in the right place (such as, IDEAL), and your profits soar. Where are little known and good spots?

  • Outdoor concerts and venues
  • Traveling fairs and carnivals
  • Schools (colleges, high schools, universities)

Visibility

As if location itself weren’t important enough, the visibility of your ATM machine is the second most important consideration for you to look at once you’ve found the ideal spot.

It doesn’t do your machine any good to be in the ideal spot, but no one can see it or doesn’t even know it’s there. Steer clear of placing the machine behind venues where it’s likely the machine won’t be seen. If it’s permissible with the venue’s owners or managers, ask to have signs pointing to where your machines will be located on the property. This is something that is certainly workable with negotiating, especially if there are multiple ATM’s on the site.

Also, when you’re looking for good visibility, also be aware of security and placing the machine where people won’t be worried about using the machine. Place in a well-lit, approachable place where there’s a fair amount of foot traffic, but not too crowded. You also don’t want customers to feel uneasy if there’s TOO much traffic around him while he’s making a transaction.

Dependability

Now that customers know where the machines are located at the fantastic venue or permanent location, you’ll need to be sure that your machines are operating in good condition and well-stocked. There is nothing as aggravating to an ATM customer as to traipse all over the venue or site to get to your machines….and they don’t work!

Make it a point to perform routine maintenance on the ATM machines to ensure that they’re all working properly. Do this especially, and more importantly, before big events. If there are any problems that arise with the unit, have them serviced as soon as possible. In the case of machines that are inoperable for long periods of time, use an alternative solution. If you own multiple machines in the same venue, direct customers to where they can find your other cash machines on the property.

Also, make sure the cash is in the machines, and in sufficient denominations for the customers. This is a task that you will want to check on more often than a couple of times a week, especially if the machine is in a permanent location.

Availability

Where there’s an ATM machine, there will certainly be customers who will use it. With that, there needs to be machines available for them to use. In other words, be creative about where you choose to put your cash machines. If the places are safe enough and have high foot and/or car traffic, then your machine will certainly get some customers and make a profit. But, if there’s not an option for them to use, no one profits on either side.

Just by taking a little time to ramp up your ATM cash machine marketing efforts can make all the difference in your bottom line. Get creative with your placements, and take all of the above steps into consideration with your business. Provide a way for customers to find the cash machines, and you’ll have a way to make your business a successful one.

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Buy an ATM Machine

Looking to Buy an ATM Machine? Before jumping into Buying an ATM Machine we suggest you do some research.  ATM Depot is here to help. We want you to become well informed prior to Buying an ATM Machine. Buying an ATM Machine should not be taken lightly. This is not a get rich quick business. Buying ATM Machines and operating them in your own business or as a Vending type of business is a great way to earn residual income. ATM Machines have come way down in price over the last decade and many new models have come onto the market. The original ATM Machine manufacturer that is still around from the 90’s is Triton Systems. Another manufacturer we think very highly of is Tranax ATM now made by Hantle manufacturing. Trition ATMs have good resale value should you ever need to sell your ATM machines and they have very good life expectancy of 7 – 10 years. Although a few hundred more that some other manufacturers a new Triton or a certified refurbished Triton ATM is a good investment and can pay for itself in a relatively short period if put in the right location. Tranax and Hantle are…