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Your Guide For Buying Used Forklifts

What you should know about Forklifts

If you’re starting a business that requires forklifts or if you already own a fleet of forklifts and thinking of changing them, either way, it will be best in your favor if you have some background about the types of forklifts there are so you can decide the one that suits your needs best.

There are a total of 7 classes of forklifts. These classes are further divided into different codes, but being a layman, it is sufficient for you to know about the classes at least. The division of classes is based on a number of characteristics for example, the number of tires, the type of engine etc. Bottom line is, understanding these classes will help you determine the right forklift for your application.

Electric Motor Rider Trucks
The Electric Motor Rider Truck carries the driver/rider inside the vehicle. The rider may be standing or sitting. This is classified into codes.

Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks
As the name shows, these trucks are specialized for narrow places. There are further 8 divisions of codes in these trucks.

Electric Motor Hand Trucks
In these forklifts, the operator may be walking behind the vehicle or standing on a platform to operate the vehicle.

Internal Combustion Engine Trucks
This class is based on the type of engine. It operates on any fuel that works with combustion motors. All of these trucks are front-loading trucks.

Internal Combustion Engine Trucks with Pneumatic Tires
As the name shows, these trucks are similar to the one mentioned before, the only difference is the type of tires used.

Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors
These are mostly used for indoor activities to carry heavy goods. The engine used is specialized for carrying extremely heavy commodities.

Rough Terrain Forklift
Unlike the one mentioned before, Rough Terrain Trucks are ideal for outdoor tasks. They are well designed for rough terrains where other forklifts have a risk of toppling over.

Things to consider before buying

If you have decided the type of truck you need, before you go and buy yourself one, it is important that you consider the following points, considering you’re going to get a used forklift.

Availability of the desired truck
You need to check for the availability of the desired truck as not all trucks are common and most users use the truck for a long period of time before selling them so it gets hard to find a used truck

Maintenance History
After you find a truck that you can buy, thoroughly go through the maintenance history of it. If the history is not available or it is shady, get a thorough inspection of the forklift through a mechanic.

Test Drive
If the truck qualifies the inspection stage, it is time to give it a ride. Despite the inspection, examine any odd sound or any other abnormality in the vehicle and get your thoughts clear about it.

Selling your previous forklift

If you already do have a fleet of forklifts and you’re buying new ones. Selling the previous ones or keeping them is entirely your choice, but there are some cases where it is highly recommended that you sell your previous trucks.

The old forklifts are in terrible conditions and it can be risky to further use them for your heavy-duty tasks.

You do not require the class of that forklift anymore. It is best to sell them in this case than keep a liability.

Even if the current forklifts are not totally unsuitable for your requirement, still if you find the one that is ideal for your tasks, it is best that you sell the previous ones and use that money to get the ideal ones.

Benefits of trading old forklift for newer one

If you are lucky enough to find a trader that has truck that you need and the dealer is willing to trade it for the one you already have, this can be really beneficial for you for the following reasons.

It will significantly reduce your upfront cost.

It will be easy and convenient to get rid of your current vehicle as well as get a new one through the same dealer. It’ll save a lot of time and energy.

There will be no delay between getting rid of older forklift and getting newer one. This will save you from the loss due to lack of trucks for goods’ movement.

Questions you should ask yourself before buying online

If you don’t find the right truck for yourself nearby and you happen to see an online ad for it, there are aspects that you need to be sure about in order to avoid the risks of getting a faulty vehicle.

Be sure about the condition of the vehicle and the seller’s word is not sufficient for it. Insist for a maintenance history.

Be sure about the authenticity of any paper presented, like the maintenance history and such.

Request for pictures of the vehicle from every angle to avoid the chance of any dent being covered.

Lastly, look for any selling history of the dealer.