Buying A Used Treadmill? Buyer Beware!

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Why A Used Model Can Cost More Than A New Treadmill!



buying a used treadmillThinking about buying a used treadmill?

One way to save money when buying a treadmill is to purchase a used one.

Maybe your neighbour is moving and will sell you their treadmill at a great price.

Perhaps you can find a dirt-cheap treadmill in your local classifieds.

But before you start looking for used treadmills, there are some things you should know to steer clear of buying a lemon. This article will layout the benefits and drawbacks of buying a treadmill used.


Benefits of Buying Treadmills Used:


proform-995C-treadmill-manObviously the main benefit is that you can save money when you buy fitness equipment second hand.

You can often get 20-50% off department store prices, depending on the buyer, when they bought it and how badly they want to get rid of it.

Plus you can often haggle with them and talk the price down even further. If you look for moving sales, you can sometimes find a really good deal as many people just don’t want the hassle of packing a huge, heavy machine.


Drawbacks of Buying Used Treadmills:


While you can save quite a bit buying used, there are some very strong drawbacks that most buyers are not aware of before they buy. If you don’t know these you can actually end up wasting money instead of saving it.


1) Most brand warranties do not extend to second hand buyers.


used treadmill problemsSay that the seller tells you ‘Don’t worry, it’s only a year old and still under warranty’. That sounds great in principle.

But did you know that most manufacturers will not honor the warranty if the treadmill changes ownership? So if it does break, you could be out a considerable amount of money to fix it.


Factory Direct Fitness Equipment


There are a few commercial brands that will allow you to assign the warranty coverage to a second owner, however it’s hard to find a commercial treadmill for sale as most owners, if they spent that much on a treadmill, don’t want to sell their machines.


2) When you buy second hand, you not only have zero warranty coverage, you also don’t know how much the treadmill has been used.


For example, one treadmill could have been used for gentle walking by one owner 3 times a week for a year.

Another treadmill could have been used for heavy running by 2 owners 7 times a week for 3 years. The second treadmill has a lot more wear and tear on it and will probably break down a lot faster than the first.

You could ask the seller how much the treadmill has been used. But if they want to get rid of the treadmill, they may not be completely honest with you. And just walking on the treadmill is not an easy way to gage the wear and tear on it.


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3) When you buy a treadmill used, you’re usually responsible for transporting it back to your home.


proform-995c-treadmill-womanThis is alright if you’ve got a truck and several strong friends to help you. However it may turn out to be a pain to move the treadmill, even if you get a great deal.

If you don’t have a truck (or a friend with a truck), you may need to rent one – which again could cost you and cut into that discount you’re getting (especially as most online dealers will give you free shipping).


So those are several of the advantages and disadvantages of buying a used treadmill. Buying second hand fitness equipment can save you quite a bit – but there are also hazards.

And with many online treadmill wholesalers dropping their prices and giving you free shipping, many buyers prefer the security of buying new.

Regardless of what you choose to do, remember to consider the needs of everyone in your family who will be using the treadmill before you buy. You can find used treadmill on ebay, kijijii and sometimes on Craigslist. Or you can see our list of discount treadmill sellers to compare prices.


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