If you're in the market for commercial kitchen equipment, buying used can be a tempting option. After all, it's often significantly cheaper than buying new equipment, and in a world where your costs seem to be rising every second, it may seem like a good idea. However, several problems come with buying used equipment that you should be aware of.
The biggest problem with used equipment is all the unknowns. Where has the equipment come from, and where has it been stored? If the equipment has been sitting in a damp, humid environment, it could be damaged beyond repair. Similarly, if it has been stored in a dirty or contaminated area, it could be infested with pests or bacteria that could be harmful to your food and therefore your customers. Bringing a contaminated piece of equipment into your space could simply allow the contamination to spread to other parts of your kitchen.
Just because the equipment looks fine, doesn't mean that it is in proper working order. Sellers may try to hide defects or malfunctions to make a sale. This is a huge problem especially when buying used equipment privately, and in these situations, people often end up losing more money than saving.
Another main issue is the warranty. Used equipment generally does not come with a warranty. This means that if something goes wrong with the equipment shortly after you purchase it, you will be responsible for the cost of repairs or replacement. This can add up quickly and negate any savings you might have made by purchasing used equipment.
Aside from the above, used commercial kitchen equipment may not meet current industry standards. As a result, you may have to spend additional money to upgrade the equipment to meet these standards. It is important to research the industry standards and regulations before purchasing any used equipment.
While buying used commercial kitchen equipment may seem like a good way to save money, it is important to consider the potential problems that come with it. Always investigate the equipment's history, inspect it carefully before purchasing, and be prepared for the possibility of repairs or replacement in the near future.
What Equipment to Not Buy Used?
If you do decide to buy used the main items you're going to need to avoid are refrigerators and freezers, and here's why.
- There's no guarantee that a used fridge or freezer will meet the health code standard, putting you at risk of food contamination.
- Used appliances don't last as long as new ones, so you won't get the maximum life out of your purchase, and you may not even be aware of how much time these items have left.
- If a used fridge or freezer breaks down, repairs can be expensive and sometimes cost more than the initial purchase price. This can have devastating ripple effects on your restaurant, potentially leading to a loss of customers and revenue.
How Can You Get Equipment for Less?
We get it, sometimes you simply don't have the extra money to purchase new equipment. That's why we highly recommend leasing. With leasing, you can get brand-new equipment that fits right into your monthly budget. With the right new equipment, your kitchen will become more efficient and save you time and money in the long run.
Contact our team to learn more about leasing options and labour saving equipment!