One of the biggest reasons to buy a used forklift is the simplicity of the transaction, which will save you both stress and money. Dealerships often want to show you all the appealing "bells and whistles" of their new product line — but many of them haven't truly been road-tested yet. It is difficult to know in advance what problems may occur with a brand-new machine.
Not only this, but the costs of extended warranties and financing can make a high-pressure new-machine deal that much more intense. On the other hand, used forklifts can be easily researched on your own time, thanks to reviews written by consumers and users. Parts for used forklifts are also easier to find.
Just like with cars and other vehicles, as soon as you purchase a new forklift, its resale value drops dramatically. A business needs to have assets that hold their value over time, for both profitability and the ability to convert your investment into equity or cash at a later date. You may even be able to buy two used forklifts in great condition for the same price as a brand-new one.
The sticker markup of a new forklift may not meet your needs. Its insurance will cost less as well. Exploring used forklift sales may result in finding one that is still relatively new within the last couple of years, and gently used, without a significant depreciation factor.
Think about the safety, comfort, and efficiency of your employees. At first, everyone might be excited to see and use a shiny new forklift, but the training costs and different control mechanisms may create downsides. Many machine operators are used to the way the controls are designed and the way the seat fits. Introducing a new machine may create inefficiency during the learning curve or resentment or frustration overall. If you anticipate that your employees may ask "What was wrong with the old one?" consider buying a used forklift that more closely matches what they're already using. You can add to your fleet without incurring new costs, in dollars or in morale.
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