The Ultimate Guide To Buying Used Lift Equipment

As you may know, here at Alberta Lift & Equipment Rentals we not only rentservice, repair and donate our lift equipment, but we also sell used equipment to our customers as well. Selling lifts is easy. We have our team look it over, give it one last service, make sure all the functions are working properly and put it up for sale.

But purchasing used lift equipment isn't as cut and dry. There are quite a few things to think about when buying anything used, especially something you use for work that can be potentially dangerous. You want to make sure that if you and your staff are working at height in a used piece of equipment, it will function well and bring everyone back down to the ground safely.

While we're confident that the equipment we sell to our customers is in tip-top shape, we're aware that this is not always the case. Today we're going to share with you some of the main things to look for when purchasing a used lift, to make sure that you're getting the most for your money and ensuring that you're 100% safe after you've made your purchase.

Know The Market

There is a massive used lift equipment market out there and when you're out shopping for a used lift, you should keep in mind that there is a growing variety of makes and models. To ensure that you're not swayed or distracted by a sales pitch, it's important that you do your research first.


Purchase Used Forklift

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Are you looking for a specific model with a set of functions you're used to or are you expanding a line of lifts in your shop and want to diversify the set of jobs you're able to do? What functions are you used to and will the new machines be able to do the jobs you're used to? A little bit of research can go a long way.

Be Wary of Older Models

While older models are generally less expensive, they are also more susceptible to mechanical problems, electrical issues and breakdowns. Retracing the repair history of older models may also be more challenging than with newer ones, especially when it has gone through several owners.


Older Model Forklift For Sale

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When shopping for an older model, we recommend that buyers always acquire the forklift from a reputable dealer or distributor that can provide a comprehensive history of the use of the machine and any problems that it may have had over the course of its life.

We are not saying that you can't find a treasure in an older model lift, but it's worth doing a little bit of extra research when you're trying to save a few bucks.

Review the Repair History

Nothing tells you more about a used piece of equipment than its repair history. Every single service, repair and problem should be written in black and white. Read your repair history and pay attention to repairs done on major engines and mechanic functions.


Used Forklift Repair History

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Also ask the owner of the machine for a tour of the forklift so you can personally inspect the fork, lift chains, engine, mast, tires, and other important operational components.  If you are satisfied with the report, you should do a test drive and experience the ergonomic aspect of your potential workhorse.

Just like buying a car, any piece of equipment that you're bringing into your shop should be well researched, test driven and looked over for any mechanical issues.

Try to Get a Warranty

It may not always be possible to get a warranty on a used piece of equipment. The factory warranty may have expired or the seller isn't willing to offer one with the sale of the lift. At the very least, you should always walk away from the sales transaction with a contract or receipt.


Check Warranty


We recommend that all buyers try their best to acquire a warranty for any piece of used equipment they purchase. This will help to protect your investment, and also help show you confidence in the seller.

You may be charged extra for the warranty, but they are definitely worth it. In fact, most solid warranties will protect the equipment for its parts and mechanical functions for the remainder of its lifetime.

Investing in a warranty now will likely pay itself off down the line because it will seriously cut back on service and repair costs.

Shop Smart

Buying a new piece of equipment can be a fun experience and doesn't have to be daunting. Simply do your research, inspect and test drive the lift and make sure you get a warranty. Your new workhorse can be added to your fleet and you can look back on the purchase process with pride. 


Used Forklift For Sale


We hope that this article will help you when purchasing your next piece of lift equipment. Alberta Lift & Equipment rentals has a wide range of used equipment for sale, from forklifts and boom lifts to scissor lifts and man lifts. You can buy from us with the confidence of knowing that our equipment has been treated with care and properly serviced throughout its lifetime. We have the warranties and repair history papers as well!

Used equipment from our fleet is sold with a 6 month Labor only warranty (parts extra) and comes with the piece of mind that it has been serviced to our standards which are second to none.

If you buy one of our refurbished pieces of equipment you have the assurance that the unit has been looked over from top to bottom and any parts that need to be repaired or replaced are done so by our service professionals. Each piece of equipment is completely stripped, repainted and given new batteries, hardware, tires and rims with a 6 month Labor warranty as well.

Alberta Lift & Equipment Rentals. Service. Within reach.

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  • Posted on   06/17/16 at 01:59:12 PM   by Nick  | 
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