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A Guide to Purchasing Second Hand Washing Machines

A Guide to Purchasing Second Hand Washing Machines

Has your old washing machine finally stopped working? Are you looking for an affordable option for replacing it? If so, you may want to check out the prices and options of a second-hand washing machine.

As times change, so do the machines which make our lives a bit easier, but for some, change isn’t always a good thing. Take washing machines for example. Most, if not all, new washing machines today are of the front-loading variety, a style which manufacturers claim is more energy and water efficient. But what if you prefer the old, top-loading models? Do you have any options? Fortunately, you do. Second hand washing machines are washing machines which have been “put out to pasture” by their former owners and are still available through a variety of wholesale and retail outlets. Here we will discuss how you can go about finding one which suits your specific needs.

What to Look For When Buying a Second-Hand Washing Machine

Before you spend money on a second-hand washing machine, be certain you know exactly what you are buying. Here are some things to look for:

  • Does it work? Although there are usually no guarantees after you purchase a second-hand washing machine, you can certainly check to see if it works before you make your purchase. Ask the seller if you (or they) can run a load of wash through, just to make certain all the parts are working correctly and that it doesn’t leak.

  • Features. Obviously, second hand washing machines won’t have all the “bells and whistles” of newer models, but the features do vary depending upon make, model and year. Check to see if it comes equipped to run all the cycles you are used to and that it’s convenient to use.

  • Parts and Service. Certain larger- name brands of second hand washing machines, such as Kenmore and Whirlpool, are much easier to find parts for and to have serviced. Check with the seller regarding any maintenance done on the washing machine and ask where they had it serviced. This can save you a lot of time in the long run when you experience a problem with your new second-hand washing machine.

  • Color. I know, I know, it’s just a washing machine, but you’d be surprised how much color matters to some people. Most new washing machines come in only white, silver or black, but with second hand washing machines you can usually find other colors to suit your tastes.

Where to Find Second Hand Washing Machines

Finding a quality second-hand washing machine can be tricky, so be patient until you find just what you’re looking for. Here are some places you can try:

  • Retail appliance outlets
  • Wholesale appliance stores
  • Appliance Repair Stores
  • Flea Markets
  • Auctions
  • Garage Sales
  • Newspaper ad
  • Craigslist
  • Online Ads

Regardless of what you’re looking for, you can be sure somebody has it, but before you set out on your quest to buy a second-hand washing machine, it’s wise to make sure of the following:

  • Do they deliver? If you have no means of getting your second-hand washing machine home, ask the company or individual you are buying it from if they will deliver it for you.

  • Is It Worth It? Sometimes, the second-hand washing machine you’re looking for is only a few dollars less than a new one. If this is the case, you’re much better off buying the latter, if only for the security of the warrantee.

  • What Will You Do with Your Old Washing Machine? If space is an issue, make certain you have a plan of how you will dispose of your old washing machine. Many times, the seller will haul it away for you free of charge.

In today’s economy, sometimes it’s wise to seek out the best bargains, especially on high-priced appliances, but before you purchase a second-hand washing machine take the time and make sure you are getting a quality one which suits your needs.

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