Many managers in Sandbach who require the services of a forklift decide to buy a used truck rather than a new one. The main reason for this is the money that it can save, but it is important that you make the right decisions when it comes to buying your truck. Here are a few things that you should look out for when considering the purchase of a forklift:
- Look at whether the trucks suit your particular needs. Do not buy a truck simply because it is a good price. Look at what you will need to handle and the maximum weight that the truck will need to lift. Also look at what lift height is required and if there are any height or width restrictions on the vehicle. Looking at the kind of power that the forklift has is also important. Remember that engine powered forklifts are normally only used outdoors.
- Find a reputable supplier. You should only approach main dealers and reputable suppliers when it comes to buying a used forklift (if you can find a local Sandbach dealer all the better). This is likely to give you the best value for your money and you are likely to receive a truck that will last you for many years. To find a local dealer you could use a search engine online and type in ‘Forklifts Sandbach’ or even better ‘buy used forklifts Sandbach’ which will bring up all local forklift dealers near you with used forklifts for sale.
- Look at the trucks service history. Most forklifts will have been serviced from new. They may also come with paperwork so you can look at any issues that the truck has had in the past. This is very useful, much in the same way as it is when you purchase a car. If you are unsure whether the truck has paperwork, ask the dealer if they have a record of the service history of the forklift.
- Look at the age of the truck. Obviously the truck is going to be a few years old, but look at the number of operating hours that the truck has had to go through. Look over its condition by actually studying the truck closely. Make sure that you visit the truck in person, and bring a friend if you are unsure about anything. You may find that many used forklifts have simply been sitting in the corner of a warehouse doing light duties for the past few years. These are the best kind of used forklift to buy, because they are likely to exceed your expectations as well as saving money on your budget.
Used and new forklifts should only be operated by an experienced driver who has permission to use the vehicle.