Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Forklift

Businesses and companies prefer to buy used forklifts for many reasons. The state of the economy has forced buyers to look at good quality used machines before they look at new ones, as there is frequently better value for their money with a used machine. Asking the seller some simple questions could mean the difference between a successful or a failed deal, so come prepared with these important questions when you buy a used forklift.

What Is Your Main Reason for Selling?
This question should be asked first and it is probably the most important question. Finding out why an owner is selling the used forklift is going to help you decide if you should go through with the purchase. The last thing you want to do is buy what seemingly is a machine still in good condition, to later find out that it has numerous problems that are going to cost you extra money. If the seller’s reasons seem somewhat vague or unclear in any way, you should consider bowing out of the intended purchase.

What Maintenance Costs Are Involved?
The maintenance costs of a machine such as a forklift can often be the determining factor as to whether you purchase the machine. If maintenance costs are high and your business cannot afford them, you should certainly not buy it. If the forklift has a history of breaking down often, this could mean a loss of revenue. Knowing the costs and availability of the spare parts the forklift uses is vital too, as this figure will factor into your maintenance total.

What Is the Hour Meter Reading?
It is vital to know how long the forklift has been in use, overall. The overall hour meter reading on the machine will give you this information.

What Are the Work Abilities of the Forklift?
You know exactly what your business is going to use the forklift for, such as the load sizes and weights it will be lifting and transporting. Armed with this knowledge, ask the seller what the maximum load capacity of the machine is, its width, and what its maximum lifting height is. You do not want to buy a forklift that cannot meet the specific work requirements you need at your business.

Are There Any Attachments Available with the Forklift?
Attachments and tools are frequently available with a forklift, which make it possible to lift specific loads, such as drums and cable rolls. Find out if these attachments are included with the forklift. Try to buy a used forklift that can hold more than one attachment. This will offer more functionality at your place of business.

Knowing this information, and after determining the overall condition of the machine, you will be in a position to negotiate with the owner on the final price.

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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