You have found yourself in need of a replacement for a major home appliance. Should you consider buying used? There are a few things to think about. Maybe you are on a budget, or just looking to get a great deal on higher-end appliances. It could be that the thought of thousands of used appliances, with many years of life left in them, end up in scrapyards and landfills each year.
Even after considering the cost of delivery and installation, buying a used appliance is often less expensive than repairing your current one. You could save 50 percent or more even if the appliance has not been used. Some may have cosmetic issues like a scratch or dent. At a price hundreds of dollars less than out of box new appliances, having a superficial scratch or dent can be worth it.
It is best to purchase used appliances from a reputable business as opposed to online markets. Check reviews, Mom and Pop shops that have been a staple in the community have sales people and technicians more knowledgeable than the average online seller.
A local used appliance business often offers delivery. Cost can range from $25 to $200 and can include the haul away of your old appliances. They may also offer their own warranty.
Check inventory often as it can change day to day. An advantage of buying a pre-owned refurbished appliance from you local used appliance retailer is often they can have discontinued products, that are in well working order, that a big box store will no longer carry in their inventory. Last years model for a fraction of the cost.
Know what you are looking for. Research appliances you may purchase.
Do you prefer a front loading washer or a top loading washer? Do you like the functionality and style of a french door refrigerator or are you OK with the classic top freezer refrigerators? Are you looking for specific features like convection in your search for a new oven? Knowing which fuel source you have, gas or electric, is important. It will save you time when you are browsing. If what you are looking for is hard to find you can always ask a salesperson to keep an eye out for you and call you if the item comes in.