5 tips on what to look for when purchasing used equipment for your business

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Bill Tsouvalas
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, updated on June 15th, 2022       

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There are many reasons why a business could opt for investing in used rather than new equipment. Maybe you are just starting out and looking for something that will help with the day to day running of your business. Perhaps you were drawn in by the ridiculous cut-rate offer on the equipment that still does the job. Whatever your reasons, you will need an equipment loan that understands you. There are five handy tips that can help you when looking to purchase used equipment for your business.

Know what your budget is

The leading reason why most people will opt for used equipment is because of the decreased price you can get on the equipment. Furthermore, when armed with good negotiating skills you can get it for way less. If you are running or a project that needs to work in the most efficient way without ripping through your finances, then budget is essential. Just because you can afford the equipment at a very cheap price will always have to be weighed against whether you need it. You will also have to take into factor the replacement costs. You can always weigh your equipment options against your budget to make a sound choice. You should also consider whether you need a loan to do so, such as taking out a small business loan to buy your equipment.

Inspect your equipment

Since you know it is used, it’s best to make sure that you are getting the best deal for your money. Ask if the equipment has a warranty and if it is transferred when you buy it. Despite finding the best deal at dodgy Franks, it’s best to buy your used equipment from a reputable seller. Don’t be fooled by its appearance or the smooth talk the seller is giving you. Turn your FBI detective skills and give it a good visual inspection for any rust, leaks, funny things that go bump, or fall off. Prod and poke it. If it is possible, take it out for a test run to see how it fairs. If you still not sure you can take it to an expert who will either give it a thumbs up or down.

Know your equipment’s history

You can always run a background check to check your equipment’s history to ensure that you are not being sold a dud that will cost you more in future. Ask your seller if they can provide you with some documented information about the equipment you consider to be valuable. If it something that has only been used by the seller, ask how it has been maintained over the period that they were in ownership of it. What conditions was it used in, or even how long it has been under their operation. This will be a worthwhile investment so take your time.

Ask for manuals

Even if it seems as a no brainer, it is advisable for you to ask for the manuals and go over how it works. This could be beneficial for both experienced and unexperienced personnel that will be operating the equipment to prevent premature break down’s.

Ask for help from a professional

When taking out something like a $10,000 business loan to purchase your equipment, make sure to always shop around and compare. Whether this is for loans or the actual equipment itself. Sit down with a financial advisor who will help you see holes that you overlooked when looking to finance your used equipment. Your future self will thank you for it.

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