What to Look for When Buying a Used Forklift

So, you have made the decision to purchase a forklift. Perhaps you have even narrowed it down to purchasing a used forklift. There are a lot of decisions to be made when making such a big investment, so you want to be sure to do it right. When choosing your machine, you want to ensure the proper functioning of the forklift, the availability of the appropriate documents and service history, etc.

Buying a used model has a lot of pros, as you will likely be able to get a great deal on a perfectly in-order forklift. However, opting for buying a used forklift, just like any second-hand item does have its risks. In which case, you will want to ensure that you are on the lookout for the following.

1. Ensure that the truck is suitable for your line of business

The first thing you should do is make sure that the truck is right for you. Don’t purchase a forklift simply because it is in great condition and for a good price, but remember those important factors aren’t everything.

You want to make sure the forklift is right for you and suitable for your business and how you plan to operate with your new purchase. For example, ensure that the forklift has the lifting and material handling capabilities you need as well as the build for the right environment, i.e., outdoors, or indoors through narrow aisles in a crowded warehouse.

2. Take the truck for a test drive

Take the forklift for a test ride and make sure it runs smoothly as well as see how it feels to you. If you are not qualified to operate that type of machinery, have an operator who does. Go through all the necessary functions and ensure everything is working properly.

TIP: Ensure that you start the engine from cold as starting from warm will not be a blatant indicator of any issues.
TIP: An important function to check is that of the lift mast. You will want to apply weight on the mast and see that it is working properly.

3. Do a visual inspection

Walk around the forklift and take a close look at all its counterparts. You will want to check for any damage to the machine, bends, major dents, cracks, repaired welding, leaks, rust, etc. Check all the major parts of the machine for this including the mast, mast rails, lift chains, cylinders, forks, frame, canopy, engine compartment, exhaust guard, cab, operating panel, etc.

4. Check on the warranty

Before buying your used forklift, you will want to know all about the warranty; How long it lasts, what is covered, and what isn’t covered. You will also want to contact the forklift parts supplying company to ensure that the warranty can be transferred.

5. Inquire about the truck’s documents

The most important document that you will want to have when purchasing a used forklift is The Certificate of Thorough Examination. Every forklift is under legal responsibility to have this certificate and it will become your responsibility as the owner. You may also want to inquire about the forklift’s service history, to check on previous maintenance or repairs of the truck. 

After you have followed these important steps, if everything goes accordingly, you should be set to purchase your [new] used forklift in Irving. Remember the importance of being thorough as this is an investment and you want to be sure of the present value as well as future value retention.

If you have more questions about buying a used forklift, here at Ace Equipment we would love to help you out. Contact us today for any inquiries regarding our forklift sales, services, or rentals. We look forward to assisting you in finding the perfect forklift for your business.