What Should You Look For When Purchasing a Used Forklift

The Forklift Pro guide to buying a forklift

When investing in used forklifts for your business, it’s crucial that you choose wisely. As you shop for a used material handling equipment, you should do your due diligence before purchasing. These steps can save a business a lot of money and headaches down the road. The Forklift Pro has tips on what to look for when purchasing a used forklift.

Questions to ask before buying a used forklift

The most important things to know about a used forklift are where the equipment is from and what condition its in. As a buyer, you should know as much history about the used unit before purchasing. This knowledge will determine if it has been operating in harsh environments or applications.

Included in the history of the forklift is how many hours the forklift has been utilized. If you’re a company that is looking at operating a forklift for one to two hours a day, then a forklift with 7,000-8,000 hours on it will be sufficient enough for your needs. If your company needs a forklift to run seven plus hours a day, it is recommended that you purchase a piece of equipment with fewer hours logged.

Know what you need in used material handling equipment

Selecting the right used forklift requires knowing exactly what specs and features are needed for your business. You can narrow down your search and make it easier by creating a list of these needs. For example, the maximum weight you plan to lift, the maximum height you plant to lift to, whether you need gas or electric, etc. Purchasing a used forklift that does not meet your specific needs will prevent the job from getting accomplished.


Buying from a trustworthy seller

Don’t buy used material handling equipment from a dealer or wholesaler that isn’t transparent and honest in their selling process. The Forklift Pro puts every unit through a thorough and rigorous inspection before adding it to the inventory to sell. Sales representatives from the Forklift Pro are upfront and honest with customers about the history and details of all our used forklifts. To learn more about The Forklift Pro’s inventory or the buying process, contact us today!

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