Things You Should Look for When Buying a Used Forklift

Posted by Amos Fred on September 10th, 2018

Buying a used forklift for sale can be a smart investment – but how can you be sure you’re getting a top-quality machine, rather than someone’s junk? Here are some tips for buying used and getting the best:

Start It Up – and Check the Engine

We’ve all seen old cars and used machinery that takes a few tries to get started, but then runs just fine after it gets going. While this may be fine when you’re trying to make your budget stretch and prolong the life of your work vehicles as long as possible, it isn’t a good idea for buying a used model.

When a forklift or other heavy machinery shows signs of difficult start-up, it could be indicative of a whole list of problems. Ask your retailer what the forklift was previously used for. How often was it used, and for what length of time, each time? If the machine was overused, used to lift overly-heavy items, or otherwise pushed beyond its limits, it may have caused lingering damage that make the machine prone to failure. Buying that kind of problem wouldn’t be a great deal – it would be a foolish investment, no matter how much you save!

Test Drive It

You wouldn’t buy a car without giving it a test drive, so why buy heavy machinery like forklifts and more without doing the same? From the very first time you look at a forklift for sale, ask your machinery retailer about taking a test drive. A reputable retailer will not hesitate to allow you to hop behind the controls and try the machinery out. If you aren’t an operator yourself, ask one to come along with you and check out any used forklift models you are considering. This will give you a good idea of whether the machinery is still in good shape.

An Out-of-Production Model Might Be a Risk

It may be tempting to purchase a forklift model that is no longer produced. After all, just because a model is no longer sold in stores doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with it, right? Discontinued models can create other problems for buyers.

When considering a discontinued model, make sure you can still buy parts for replacement and repair, and that service is still available for your model. If service and replacement parts are not readily available, maintaining your machinery can become very expensive. There would be few things worse than finding out that great deal you got on your used forklift was a costly mistake!

Look for Signs that the Machine Has Been Well-Maintained – or Not

Every part of the machine you are considering for purchase should be in good condition. It’s okay to see signs of normal wear, but if parts have been poorly-maintained, the rest of the machine is likely to have problems, as well. Likewise, ask about any parts that have been replaced, how long ago the replacement happened and what the cause of the replacement was. This will give you a good idea of how maintenance has been handled and whether you’re getting a good deal or just inheriting someone else’s problem.

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