Questions To Ask When You Shop For Used Appliances

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When you're in the market for a new-to-you home appliance, it can be advantageous to shop at a retailer that has a sizable selection of used products. Doing so can save you a considerable amount of money, while also helping you end up with an appliance that works perfectly well. Focus your shopping efforts on reputable retailers; while it might be tempting to save money by shopping for used appliances in your online classifieds, the average seller will not stand behind the product in the same manner as a reputable store. As you shop, make sure to ask the salesperson these important questions before you make up your mind.

What Parts Have Been Refurbished?

You'll likely encounter some used appliances that are nearly new, and others that have been used for several years. Regardless, it's worthwhile to ask if the appliances you're looking at have any refurbished parts. For example, if a dryer was traded in at the store because it no longer worked correctly, the store's technicians will have likely replaced the heating coil, thermostat and possibly some other parts. Generally, it's ideal to look for used appliances that have some new parts, as these should last you longer than something that has all the original parts.

Has It Been Cleaned Thoroughly?

Regardless of the appliance that you're buying, you want to be sure that it's had a thorough cleaning. For example, in the case of a washing machine, you want to be sure that there's no built-up soap residue or grease that could impact the machine's ability to cleaning your clothing. When you ask this question, you're looking to hear that the machine has been thoroughly cleaned in the store, not just wiped down by the seller before taking it to the store.

Do You Know Why The Seller Got Rid Of It?

In many cases, the retailer will have a note as to why the appliance's previous owner traded it in. Asking this question is worthwhile because it can help you to identify if there might have been any performance issues with the machine — and then you can make sure that these issues have been professionally addressed by the store's technicians. It's better to shift your focus to a machine that was traded in for a reason that wasn't related to performance. For example, the previous owner decided to renovate his or her kitchen and watch all of the appliances to have a certain look.

To learn more, contact a used appliance store like ASAP Appliance Repair, Inc.

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