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When to consider NEW When to consider USED
Multi-shift operation where each shift consists of 8 hours of operation
Single shift operation where lift is in use more than 6 hours per day
When your company prefers to lease equipment every 24-36 months
Require newest technology available.
Safety concerns at a premium
High hour usage
Very busy warehouse operation
Lift will only be in use for a few hours per day
Used no more than 5 days a week
Used no more than 5 hours a day
Used on a single shift daily or only used on occasion
Not part of a heavy duty, non stop warehouse environment
Adding an additional lift as a back up
When funds are limited
Benefits of NEW Benefits of USED
Brand spanking new means they still have the “NEW CAR” smell!!!
Full factory warranty
Should have little to no downtime (unless the application is severe)
FMV rates are great!
Full maintenance rates are lower
Potentially significant cost savings
Some major brands offer extended or “Certified” used warranties.
They have the “USED CAR” smell!!!
Most can still be financed and/or leased!
Significant reduction in delivery “Lead Time”.
Whom you buy from!!! Purchase from a reputable dealer, especially from one with a good name and
long tenure. You don’t stay in business long by “cheating” people! Remember, the internet can be full of
“con-men”. Sometimes paint on a forklift is like “lipstick on a pig”!!!
The cheapest price! Remember what your grand dad said… “you get what you pay for” & “nothing in
life is free”. Oh and this one too… “if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is”.
Freight. If you purchase a lift over the internet, then you will have to pay to have it freighted to you. Find a dealer near you if possible. Many reputable
dealers will include freight or “delivery” as a part of the deal.
Not all AS-IS are bad. Sometimes they are much lower cost. However, remember, when you have a significant cost savings, then be prepared to spend
it on service and/or parts. There's a reason its less expensive.
See previous statement about “lipstick on a pig”. There are some who simply slap paint and tires on a worn out lift and sell if cheaply for a quick
profit. Its not unheard of for some resellers to adjust the hour meters to misrepresent the quality of their product! Is that really what you want?
Conversely, there are many resellers who do an excellent job of reconditioning the equipment they represent, and those are the organizations who
Something to remember with electric lifts are the batteries. They are very expensive to replace ($2000 - $7500) and just because they say it has a
“good” battery, doesn’t mean it is.
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