Choosing to buy a used rather than a new forklift can be a smart way to meet your material handling needs in an affordable manner. Westminster Lift Truck Services sells both new and used forklifts in Vancouver and Surrey, and we want to make sure you get the right forklift for your needs and budget. Here are the top four things you should think about when buying a used forklift.
Consider the type of forklift that suits your application
There are many different kinds of forklifts for sale for different types of material handling jobs and applications. A reputable dealer will be able to help you figure out which type is best for your needs. Just be prepared to answer what type of inventory you need to handle, how high you need to lift the inventory, whether you will be using the forklift indoors or outdoors, and, if outdoors, on what type of terrain.
Perform an in-person inspection
Even if you've seen a picture of the used forklift you want online, it's important to perform a visual examination in person. Your examination should cover the following.
Inspect the mast for any signs of damage to the cylinder, pins, chains, and hoses.
Check the forks for any cracks and signs of bending or other distortions.
Open the hood and make sure the engine starts and idles smoothly.
Inspect the tires for signs of uneven wear and damage
Take it for a test drive
After your visual inspection, you should take the forklift for a test drive to make sure that it operates properly. If you're not an operator, then have one of your operators come along to test it out. The forklift should run without any hiccups and all the functions should work as advertised. While the forklift is running, it's also a good time to check for any leaks from the transmission or hydraulics.
Find out its operation and maintenance history
Finally, it's important to ask the dealer both how long the forklift has been in operation and what its maintenance history is. You'll also want to know what its estimated maintenance costs are and whether spare parts and components are readily available. A used forklift can be an effective way to save money, but only if you'll be able to handle the necessary maintenance requirements of an older piece of equipment. Dependable Used Forklift Sales in Surrey and Vancouver Looking for a used forklift in the Vancouver area? You've come to the right place. At Westminster Lift Truck Services, we have used forklifts for sale in many well-known and reliable brands, including Heli, Mitsubishi, TVH, and Tailift. Businesses throughout Surrey and the surrounding area rely on our high-quality used forklifts for all of their material handling jobs and have been doing so for over 40 years. If you're interested in any of our used forklifts or would like to see what else we have in stock, just give us a call or contact us online today.