Tips & Advice
Do used appliances consume more power than new ones?
Used appliances do not necessarily use more power than new ones. However, depending on the age, make, and model, most new appliances maximize energy efficiency compared to older appliances. Appliances in poor condition will also be less efficient and might not perform as well. It’s generally safe to assume a newer product will be more economical in energy consumption than older models, but there are occasional exceptions to the rule.
Where is the best place to buy used appliances?
There is no “best” place to buy used appliances. It is simply a matter of researching and finding a business near you that fits your needs and budget. Along with brick-and-mortar stores, scour local want ads and websites; you can often find bargains, estate sales, and even free appliances from people moving or desperate to get rid of them.
Does it cost more to repair older used appliances?
It does not necessarily cost more to repair older used appliances. Cost is completely dependent on the nature of the repair, availability of parts, and the labor required. Some places specialize in older appliances and; finding someone with access to parts and knowledge of older machines might be a fiscally savvy choice over paying for a costly replacement.
Do used appliances offer significant cost savings?
Used appliances can potentially be a lot cheaper than buying a new appliance. Competing prices, product type, and supply-and-demand all factor into the price--and thus the savings--point. Some older appliances are not as energy efficient as their newer counterparts and could ultimately cost you more in increased utility bills. Used appliances will almost always be cheaper, so if you’re on a budget, it’s often a better option.
Do used-appliance dealers offer warranties?
Warranties are dependent on the dealer, and while most dealers offer warranties to buyers, it is not required. Warranty sales, however, are a cash-cow business, so most dealers are usually motivated to sell you one. Some might come with a warranty as part of the purchase price. Remanufactured or refurbished appliances are another alternative, and most come with warranties from the supplier.
Are aftermarket replacement parts safe to use?
Aftermarket replacement parts can be perfectly safe and reliable, but be sure to do your research. If replacing a more integral piece, such as washing machine’s water pump or a thermostat for a busted water heater, it might be best to purchase new.
Do replacement parts come with a warranty?
Replacement parts generally come with warranties extending anywhere from 30 days to five years, depending on the original price, the nature of the fix and the age of the part itself.
Do appliance repair companies mark up pricing on parts they use?
If you’re seeking new parts repair companies will generally mark up their prices slightly--particularly at a major national retailer. However, used parts are typically discounted.
Where can the best pricing be found on appliance parts?
Cheaper used appliance parts can be found online or at many local, independently owned retailers, along with ecommerce sites such as eBay. Major retailers, however, generally limit their selection to unused, full-priced options.
Do second-hand appliance parts save money on repairs?
Second-hand appliance parts are generally anywhere between 50-75% cheaper than new ones, but warranties might not extend as long and the parts may be less reliable or come with a shorter lifespan. Be sure to research the source of any second-hand parts to ensure the dealer is reputable and the part itself reliable.