It’s not that hard to find someone with used forklifts you can purchase. You may also be able to rent one if you just need to use it for one project. Don’t spend anything until you check out and work with the following guidelines.
Think about what your budget looks like before you start shopping around. Try to look up forklifts for sale online and see what the market looks like at this point in time. Make a list of different prices on what you think would work for you, and then look at what you can realistically spend. If you’re not able to get the money together, then a rental is in your best interest to get. There are companies that will let you rent to own, but usually that will cost you a little more because they charge interest.
Go check out anything before you spend money on it. You don’t want to find out later that you were scammed and that the forklift doesn’t work right. Always test it out and use it for a little while. Bring along someone you know that is a good mechanic if possible so they can check for common issues. Look up complaints related to the make and model of the forklift to see if you notice if any of those things are going on. Seek out a seller that allows for returns to be done if you are buying something without knowing if it works or not.
Is there a warranty or guarantee on the forklift? Some people won’t let you get anything like this if you are buying used but some may. If you want to be sure that you’re going to be able to get your money back if there are problems, it’s better to work with a company that sells a lot of equipment like this because then they will probably be able to afford to help you if something goes wrong. A private seller that you don’t have a written agreement with is able to just ignore you for the most part.
The used forklifts that are on the market may or may not be a good deal. You won’t know if you don’t shop around a little. Doing well in business and financially in general is all about making sure you don’t spend extra money on anything if you don’t have to.