Purchasing a used forklift can be intimidating. Ordering new equipment offers security in the condition of the forklift; however, a used unit doesn’t often come with a detailed history of usage and repairs. How can you ensure your budget dollars go toward a reliable investment?
Request a condition report
Knowing the current status and past history of a used forklift is vital. This report is proof of what items were in need of attention and should or should not be in working condition. If the used forklift received doesn’t match the current condition report, you have a stronger backing for resolution with the seller.
Insist on reconditioning details
A reputable seller will record important reconditioning details for a used forklift such as what items were safety checked and which parts have been repaired or replaced. In some cases, the seller may share the unit’s past application and average daily usage. Inquire how many hours are dedicated on average to reconditioning.
Research more, assume less
Information about a used forklift helps you select the right unit for your application. For example, if your unit will be used outside, every forklift will not accommodate this need. If an advertisement is vague, contact the seller and ask more questions regarding a unit’s hours, tires, fuel, capacity, etc. Many buyers also reach out to peers in their industry for referrals of reputable sellers.
Know the seller’s guarantee
If the used forklift purchase doesn’t work upon delivery or after only a few hours of usage, does the seller offer a guarantee? Most sales over the internet or through an auction are “as is” and do not allow buyers an opportunity to test the equipment. While you might save money on the purchase cost, you may later face a large repair bill.
Used forklifts that have been regularly maintained are good investments and make financial sense for companies using the unit 4 hours or less daily. Cut out the unknowns of purchasing used equipment with questions and research.
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