Need a fridge but can't afford the steep price tag on a new one, maybe you should consider the many used refrigerators for sale in your area or even throughout the world. Thanks to the Internet, finding super low prices on like-new appliances such as refrigerators has never been easier - and you can track them down locally or even shop internationally and have them shipped directly to your home.
Why Buy A Used Refrigerator?
There are many reasons why a used fridge could make sense for your individual situation. Here are just a few of them:
Price. Obviously! Most people wouldn't buy used if they could afford to buy new. How much you save will vary based on the type of fridge you're shopping for, and the condition its in. Generally speaking, you can find modern, like-new refrigerators at a savings of at least 25 percent off the brand new prices. Many of these come with warranties, too. You can save even more by purchasing an older design or style. How much can you save? A fully inspected, used refrigerator with a warranty that's several years old can cost as little as $100 at a used appliance shop, and even less than that if you buy it from an individual seller rather than a business.
Size. It wasn't until recently that architects and builders created similar sized refrigerator cut outs in kitchens. If your house or apartment is older, there's a possibility that those fancy, shiny new refrigerators at the appliance or department store won't fit in your home - at least not without extensive modification to your walls! Sometimes looking for used fridges for sale is your only option.
Style. Who says used refrigerators appeal exclusively to the frugal minded? If you're one of those kind of people who like designs or styles that aren't mainstream, it would probably make sense to buy a used refrigerator instead of a new one. Why? Because modern ones look the same. Sure there are different "styles," but they all fit into two or three general design themes. If you want a more excentric look than modern appliance design can deliver, then I'd recommend looking for used refrigerators for sale before buying a newer one that you'll never like.
Customization. This goes along with the above point regarding "style." Some folks love customizing everything in their homes, from flooring to paint to the appliances themselves. I've been in several homes where people have literally painted the surface of their fridges - sometimes with solid colors, other times with more excentric designs. It would be silly to do this to anything except a used fridge because of the super high prices associated with the new ones.
Used Refrigerators With Warranties
Just because you're shopping for a used refrigerator for sale doesn't mean you won't get a warranty. Quite the opposite, actually. Used appliance shops near your home will likely offer their own in-house warranty on their merchandise. And if the fridge you're looking to buy from an individual seller is new enough, the factory warranty may transfer to you as the new owner.
But be careful: Don't assume your purchase will come with a warranty. Make sure it's discussed and agreed upon before making your final purchase. Also, take the time to understand what is covered under the warranty and what isn't. Some will cover everything, others will cover next to nothing. Do your homework and know what you're getting into before you buy.
Where To Find Used Refrigerators For Sale?
These are surprisingly easier to find than most people think. And with the Internet, it's easier than ever to find the right one at the right price, even if it's half way across the world.
Used Appliance Stores. Almost every city has one of these, though they might not advertise very heavily. Check your phone book or search for your city on the Internet, you're sure to find something within driving distance.
Newspaper Classifieds. The deals you'll find in the classified section of your local newspaper will surprise you. People sell some truly amazing items for low prices when they're in a pinch, when they're moving or when they've bought a replacement fridge and need to get rid of the old one.
Craigslist and other Online Classifieds. If you can't find the deal you're looking for in your city, browse some of your neighboring areas. Sometimes you can find a great deal within driving distance of your home. Would you be willing to drive 50 miles to save $500? I know I would.
Online Auction Sites. Ebay is the leader of the pack, but there are others. I see used refrigerators for auction on Ebay all the time. Don't like the bidding process? Many sellers use a "buy it now" option.
Online Retailers. You'd be surprised how many used appliance stores will list their used refrigerators for sale on Amazon. Sometimes you can even score free shipping, too. The nice thing about Amazon and similar stores like it is that you can read the comments of the product itself, so you'll know what real customers have said before you buy.
Department Or Appliance Stores. Sears, Home Depot, Lowe's, Best Buy, R.C. Willey's and many other national stores will actually sell used fridges, both at the stores and through their websites. This is an excellent way to ensure that you're getting a product that has been thoroughly inspected and maybe even comes with a full warranty. Whirlpool, G.E. (General Electric), Frigidaire, Kenmore and other popular brands are often available this way. Be aware the used refrigerator prices are higher this way, but sometimes the confidence is worth the surcharge.
What To Ask Before You Buy A Used Fridge
Does it come with a warranty? Sometimes they will, sometimes they won't, just make sure you know before you buy. And if it does include a warranty, know what is included and how long it lasts.
Delivery? Refrigerators are pretty big, so unless you've got a truck you'll need to figure out how to get it to your home. Some stores offer delivery services (sometimes it's even included free). If they don't, how are you going to get it home?
Will they take away your old fridge? If you're replacing an existing refrigerator, what are you going to do with the old one? Many used appliance stores will actually pick up your old one and take it away free of charge when they deliver your new one. Sometimes they'll charge a little extra. But if they won't take it, what are you going to do with it? You could alway sell it and recover some cost.
What brand is it? This mostly applies to buying online or "sight unseen." Find out what brand and model number you're considering buying, then do some quick homework on the Internet. Have there been any recalls? Do consumers feel satisfied with this one?
What accessories does it come with? Just because it rolled out of the factory with an ice maker or cold water spout doesn't mean that it's still working. Likewise, many of those individual controllers that keep meat and produce trays at their own temperatures might not work anymore. The crisper might not keep fruit or vegetables as crisp as you expect without lowering the overall temperature of the entire fridge.
Other Discount Options. Maybe it's cheaper to buy a scratch and dent refrigerator instead? Even if it costs a bit more, it might come with a better warranty. It's worth exploring, that's for sure.
You can save plenty of money without sacrificing quality or features by shopping the used market. And hopefully this article has helped, or given you some ideas for your own household. Always remember that you can get more for your dollar by shopping for used refrigerators for sale than buying new, but only if you shop smart.