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7 Things to Look Out For When Buying a Used Forklift

Forklifts are very efficient at handling and lifting heavy material. Whether you need them at a construction site or in a warehouse, forklifts can help get the job done. It can become tricky for small companies to get their hands on brand new forklifts or even bigger companies especially when they can assign that budget somewhere else. There is an alternative though, used forklifts. However, we all know that used equipment often come with their fair share of risks, and that is why it is important for you to do a proper assessment of the equipment before purchasing it. Below is a list of 7 things to look out for when buying a used forklift;

  1. Is it suitable for your application?

This is probably the first question you need to ask yourself. How is the forklift going to be used? Is it going to be indoors, outdoors or both? What tasks will you need it to carry out? How heavy are the loads to be carried? Etc. These are some of the questions which need to be answered when choosing your forklift. 

  1. Have a good visual inspection

This is another important thing to do. You might want to check if any parts are damaged, look for rust or any indications of an underlying fault, for example, cracks and fluid leaks.

  1. Go for a test drive

Buying a used forklift should be handled with more care than buying a used car. It is often covered by strict legislation and so you might want to make sure it works properly to avoid accidents. Have a professional operator take it for a drive and make sure it works as it should.

  1. Check for availability of parts

You need to make sure the used forklift you are buying is still being manufactured. This will make things easier in case any repairs are needed. If you still want to purchase an out of production model, make sure you look out for the availability of its parts.

  1. Check if the engine starts easily

This might be obvious but it is important nonetheless. If you need to try a couple of times before it starts, then you probably need to ask more questions or just look for another one. The cost of repairs might be more than you expect.

  1. Warranty

A warranty is important when it comes to buying a used forklift. You need to know how long it will last and what is covers.

  1. Avoid dodgy imports

There is an increasing number of dodgy import on used forklifts and it is important for you to avoid them. It is often tough to find spare parts for such forklifts and in case of any accidents, your insurance might be invalidated.

If you’re in the market for a used forklift come down to our warehouse and we’ll help you find the perfect one for you.



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