Common Misconceptions About Buying a Used Forklift

There are many great reasons to purchase a used forklift. You can typically find a wide variety of used forklifts for sale, so it’s easy to quickly find one that meets your needs and is familiar to your operators. What’s more, used forklifts can be purchased for about half of what it costs to buy a new forklift. So why aren’t more people buying used forklifts? It comes down to some basic misconceptions.


  • Misconception #1: Used Forklifts Are Hiding Some Major Issues. A reputable dealer, like Ring Power Lift Trucks,  will adhere to strict standards, employing factory-trained technicians to inspect and recondition the equipment they sell. They’ll have maintenance records for you to peruse, and you can purchase your used forklift with confidence.
  • Misconception #2: Used Forklifts Don’t Have Warranties. It’s true that if you buy through a craigslist ad, you’ll get no guarantees. Purchase your used forklift through a trusted dealer, and they’ll stand behind what they sell, typically with a variety of warranty options and service contracts to meet your needs and fit your budget. Here is the Ring Power Lift Trucks Powertrain Coverage for Used Machines.
  • Misconception #3: A Test Drive Will Reveal Any Problems with a Forklift. Some buyers are willing to take the risk of buying from a third party seller. They take the machine for a test drive, check the forks and tires, and purchase right away. A superficial onceover won’t reveal many issues, so it’s smarter to buy from a dealer whose technicians will inspect it for you.

The simple truth is this: when you buy from a reputable dealer, you can find a great deal on a used forklift that will meet your needs at a much lower cost than a new machine. Unlike buying a forklift from a third-party seller, purchasing from a qualified dealer gives you the peace of mind that comes from working with someone that stands behind what they sell. Go to the dealer armed with pertinent information, like your working conditions, how much capacity the forklift will need, how high and how narrow it must be, and how you intend to use it. Know some details about the machine you’re replacing, too, and try to stick with the same manufacturer throughout your fleet.

Ready to buy a forklift? Come and talk to us at Ring Power Lift Trucks. For 60 years, our locally-owned and operated business has provided superior products and the newest technology in forklift vehicles, meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations. We have what you need, whether you’re looking for short-term or long term forklift rentals or are ready to buy a new or used forklift. Florida based, with 14 convenient locations throughout the state, Ring Power Corporation has become one of the largest Caterpillar® dealers in the Southeastern United States because of our dedication to customer service. We also supply forklift parts and service in north and central Florida for every make and model of forklift.  Call 877.544.5438 or visit our website for more information.



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