Has a bargain price on a second-hand portable appliance at a thrift shop or yard sale caught your eye? The price may be right, but it’s important to research your purchase just as you would when buying a new appliance. Otherwise, it may end up costing you more in the end. Ask these five questions before buying or selling a second-hand portable appliance:
- How old is the appliance? While appliances tend to last for years, their age can affect how well they function.
- Is everything intact? Inspect the appliance for frayed or damaged power cords, switches and parts.
- Has it been repaired? Ask the seller about the appliance’s repair history, and look for signs of any home repairs or tampering.
- Is everything there? Don’t buy a secondhand appliance if the operating manual and all parts that came with the original aren’t included. The owner’s manual will contain important use, safety and repair tips.
- Has the appliance been recalled? Check with the S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to see if the appliance has been the subject of a safety recall, and check back throughout the life of the appliance.
If you’re still in doubt after asking these questions, look into buying a new appliance instead. Follow AHAM’s advice to find the one that’s right for you.