Tips for Buying a Used Forklift

Are you in the construction business, perhaps working with a landscaping operation or some other type of company that utilizes medium and heavy equipment to take care of things? Do you want to add a forklift to your collection of machinery that you can use in your jobs? If so, you might find the cost of new forklifts daunting, or out of your budget. However, that does not mean that you can’t get one to use for your operations. All you have to do is look for a good used one instead.

When it comes to purchasing used equipment, you can get some great deals. However, you will need to take some time to make sure that you are going to get the right thing. Otherwise, you might end up spending your money on a forklift that has mechanical problems that are not worth fixing.

This is why it is important that you have the forklift checked out by a certified mechanic to ensure that everything is working properly. Just like with a used car, this does not guarantee that nothing will break in the future. However, a qualified mechanic inspecting it will give you peace of mind as to the current state of the vehicle, along with any issues that have happened in the past. They might also be able to alert you of some problems that are going to need to be addressed soon, such as belts that need to be replaced.

You can look in the local or online classifieds to find listings for used forklifts that are in your area. Keep in mind when you are using the internet that you should limit your search parameters to near where you live. If you must pick up and transport the forklift, you want to be able to do so easily. In most cases, you can find a better deal closer to you if you continue to look. Once you factor in time and travel expenses, going too far can quickly become a drain on your wallet.

You should check out the reputation of the seller and find out why they no longer want the forklift.   Is this a person who fixes up old equipment to turn a profit or is this a person who had a construction business that went belly up?  We also recommend looking at You want to have a good idea of how well the vehicle has been treated and maintained in the past. Speaking of which, you should ask to have a copy of the maintenance records as a part of the sale.

If you are going to grow your company, having a forklift of your own can provide an important piece of equipment for the task. These suggestions will help you to find a reliable forklift that will serve you well in the future. Make sure that you continue to take good care of it so that you will have it for a long time!