4 Benefits of Buying a Used Forklift

With the extension of COVID-19 and the precautions people have taken to reduce the spread, the workload of many warehouses has skyrocketed. The rise of e-commerce and delivery systems has resulted in the need for more efficient warehouse processes, including the use of equipment like forklifts. If your warehouse is in need of a forklift, you may want to consider purchasing a used forklift for a variety of reasons.


1. Monetary Savings

One of the most attractive benefits of purchasing a used forklift is its upfront saving. While a new electric warehouse forklift can cost between $20,000 and $30,000 in today’s market, a reliable used forklift with a similar lifting capacity and model is generally priced between $7,500 and $10,000. Therefore, when you make the decision to opt for a used forklift, you’re effectively able to purchase a high-quality and high-performing workhorse for much less of its market value.

2. Buying Power Increase

Beside enjoying a generous upfront saving, the price you pay for a brand-new forklift is oftentimes sufficient to cover two used forklifts. Because used forklifts generally cost at least 50% less than a new one, investing in used forklifts increases your buying power. With the same money, you are able to buy more workhorses to improve your workforce productivity and still have the budget for minor maintenance.

3. Workforce Tested

When you purchase a used forklift, you also gain the peace of mind knowing that the forklift you purchased has previously demonstrated its reliability by accomplishing (and even excelling) in its previous workplace. Even if repair is necessary, a slightly aged forklift is cheaper to fix than a new one because the parts are less costly, and you can always buy used parts at a great discount.

4. Ease of Operation and Familiarity

Brand new forklifts come with new ergonomic designs that may puzzle even the most experienced forklift operators. Purchasing a new forklift means that there are new features your operators need to learn and master. However, when you invest in a used forklift, operators are already familiar with the workhorse and can easily take over the job without you spending any time and money on forklift training. There is no need for you to upgrade your forklift accessories to fit the new models either. Things will work as smoothly as before. The only difference is that your workplace now has an extra workhorse to run the show.

Make purchasing a used forklift your number one consideration whenever you need another forklift to tackle your material handling jobs. Used forklifts are much more economical and operator-friendly than the new models that have been recently released on the market. As with all purchases, remember to do your research and background check to ensure that the used forklift you buy is on part with your expectations.


About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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