March 24, 2020

Purchasing A Second-Hand Forklift

Why Purchasing A Second-Hand Forklift Can Be A Better Option

Although the many benefits of owning a lift truck can be invaluable to any bulk-storage facility, it is also a purchase that tends to come with a substantial price tag and one which could tie up a significant portion of a company’s capital reserve. On the other hand, when purchasing second-hand forklifts, not only will this serve to lessen the strain on the capital budget but, depending upon the circumstances, there could be other advantages.

While, at first glance, a brand-new unit may appear to be a trouble-free option, one may need to question whether its benefits will really justify the higher cost. Suppose, for instance, that the vehicle will never be used to full capacity but only from time to time when circumstances dictate. If they are not to be used at full capacity, why pay full price, when second-hand forklifts can do precisely the same job at a fraction of the cost?

The greater the load capacity and reach of a lift truck, the more you will have to pay for it. When you are in the market for a new unit, budget limitations can often restrict your choice and force a compromise, leaving you with a vehicle that is less capable than you may have wished. By contrast, although the price of used vehicles also depends on their capabilities, opting to buy second-hand forklifts could mean you won’t have to compromise on performance.

The lead time for new trucks can be fairly long, so if you are in a hurry for an extra or replacement machine or your handling requirements have suddenly changed, a used machine can often be delivered quite quickly.

One word of caution. Not all used machines have been well-maintained or refurbished. When purchasing second-hand forklifts, you should be sure to find a reputable dealer. With its nation-wide reputation for quality and recognised as an industry leader, Bidvest Materials Handling and its dealer network offer professionally refurbished, top-branded lift trucks at competitive prices and added peace of mind – with a warranty.


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