3 Essential Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Forklift

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3 Essential Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Forklift

3 Essential Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Forklift

22 January 2018
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Small construction companies try to keep up with competition by keeping their costs as low as possible. While there are several money-saving avenues, buying used forklifts can cut a huge chunk off the overall operating costs. However, you need to take extra precaution when buying a used forklift since it still represents a substantial investment. Asking the simple questions highlighted in this article will help you get a good deal when shopping for a used forklift.

How Much Maintenance is Required? -- There is no denying the fact that used forklifts require some level of maintenance when compared to brand new ones. The amount of maintenance required for a used forklift will give you an idea of the equipment's condition. Therefore, a seller should readily provide this information. For instance, if a machine requires a lot of greasing or change of hydraulic fluid than is normal, then it is right to conclude that the forklift has a long history of malfunctioning. Buying such equipment will increase your operating costs unnecessarily thereby affecting the bottom-line. However, if the maintenance report indicates that the used forklift needs minimal maintenance, then it is worth buying.     

Any Additional Accessories? – Most dealers sell used forklifts separately from accessories. It is, however, not the case with individual sellers as most sell their used forklifts with accompanying accessories such as fork extensions or sweepers. Therefore, ask a seller if there are any attachments to the forklift that can be thrown in the deal. In most instances, a seller will include the accessories in the deal at no extra cost. Since some of the attachments add functionality to forklifts, it will be a good bargain for your business.

Why are you Selling? -- When looking to buy a quality used forklift, most people instinctively turn to dealerships. It is, however, possible to get an excellent deal from individual sellers as well. The reason is that most individual sellers are not looking to make a fortune from the sale of their equipment. However, since there is a myriad of reasons why someone would be selling their forklift, for instance, mechanical problems, and desire to upgrade, it is essential that sellers give their reasons truthfully. The last thing you want is a forklift that appears to be in good shape only to have it falling into pieces a week later. The seller should, therefore, be honest when giving you their reasons for selling. If you sense vagueness in a seller's explanation, then you should not buy that particular forklift.  

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Starting a construction project involves many steps, with many details. Having a complete plan before beginning is key, and having people in place for each step keeps a project on time and within budget. Making sure you have the heavy machinery to do the job right, the first time, without delays or breakdowns can make the difference that keeps you on schedule and keeps your costs down. Investing in technology that will handle big jobs and heavy loads may seem high, and an easy place to save money, but if it keeps your project on track, it will pay for itself easily in the long run.