Buying a pre-owned forklift may work best with your budget, but it could cost you more money in the long run. While used equipment can save you a lot in upfront costs, it can cost you more in repairs and maintenance costs because it’s used. Depending on the age and condition of the equipment, you usually get little or no warranty coverage to help cover these costs. If you’ll be using your forklift multiple hours every day, buying new is often more cost-effective. Our used forklift inventory at Mid-Ohio Forklifts in Akron, Ohio, typically includes trade-ins that are older and may have minor leaks or other problems.
If you’re looking for used forklifts in a lower price range, remember, selecting the cheapest option available means the truck will likely be susceptible to repairs and won’t include any warranty. Here’s what you can typically expect based on the age of the equipment.
Forklifts 1999 or older
Sold in as-is condition
May have minor oil leaks, very high hours, worn or cut seat cushion, heavy paint damage, worn tires, etc.
High maintenance costs
Repair issues on a regular basis
Purchased for minimal usage needs only
Have mid to higher hours
May have a 30-day warranty or less
In slightly better condition
May still have minor oil leaks and other minor issues
Less hours and less wear and tear
Usually sold with up to a 90-day warranty
May have minor paint damage, worn seat cushions, etc.
In fairly decent condition
Forklifts 2015 and newer
Usually include a 90-day warranty at minimum
Often have some of the manufacturer’s factory warranty coverage still available
Free of oil leaks
Should be in good condition
Suitable for frequent use
Used Electric Forklifts
Expect the battery charge to last only two-three hours in older units
If being used sparingly, batteries that sit tend to sulfate and deteriorate quicker
Not ideal for very minimal or extremely high usage
Charger AMP Hour must match battery AMP Hour or batteries never fully charge
Some building power isn’t sufficient for larger batteries