Maybe you are tired of using your old fridge and looking for a new one. The most common move is to go for a brand new model with the latest features. Or, you can opt for a used device that might work as good as new.
You’ll see that the market for secondhand appliances is huge with a plethora of options. These devices usually have good years left in them. So, buying them will save you a ton of cash and effort.
Here’s all you need to know about buying used appliances.
What Type of Pre-Owned Appliances Should You Buy?
You can’t just pick any used appliance because it seems new! There’s a smarter way to go about it.
When looking for devices in the scratch-and-dent sections in physical stores, try for refrigerators, washers and dryers. It’s because scratches or dents on their sides won’t bother you much. If there are minor issues, you can always get them fixed easily.
On the other hand, you must avoid appliances like stovetops or kitchen chimneys. As these are primarily built-in people’s kitchens, they usually have more problems. Hidden damages might be hard to detect at first but can harass you later.
Some Tips to Follow
- Avoid online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, as the sellers don’t offer guarantees.
- Check out used appliance stores to get the best discounts
- Talk to the retailer about all the specifications of your preferred appliance
The Appliance’s Age
The age of the device will tell you how long it will last and its performance. Considering the appliance make and model, you need to figure out the approximate age.
To be on the safer side, don’t buy used appliances more than five years old. For instance, a decade-old fridge might be sturdier than some modern models. But it won’t be as energy-efficient as the latest appliances and will lack top-notch features.
You have to inspect the product carefully to check for any broken parts and severe damages. Minor cracks or dents may not bother you much. However, damaged switches, power cords, and parts may create safety issues later on.
So, ask the retailer for the appliance’s repair history and ask if it underwent home repairs.
Tip: If the retailer cannot show past service reports or doesn’t have much info, avoid buying the appliance.
Analyse the Parts
The second-hand device must come with all the parts that were included when it was brought initially. So, you must check whether all the original parts are in place. It will prevent safety and functionality issues when you use it.
Then, ask the retailer for the device manual or user guidebook. It’s best to stay away from devices that don’t have original components and have replacements instead.
Even if the device is used, you need to make sure the retailer offers you a warranty. It will represent the quality of the product and also the reliability of the seller. That’s why it is best to shop local and visit only reliable stores for second-hand goods.
This is also an excellent time to negotiate the price!
It’s expected that the number of home appliance users will reach 7.7 million by 2025 in Australia! So, there will be many options for second-hand appliances in stores.
Proper research, checking component quality and age will get you a great deal on your favourite appliance. You can also take a friend or relative who’s an expert in this field.