New refrigerators can cost a lot more than many families can afford, so when the time comes to get a new fridge sometimes a family benefits from selling a used refrigerator while at other times a family needing a new appliance will be looking to actually buy a used unit. There are some definite advantages to going this route as opposed to shopping brand new at full retail prices, but there are also some potential negatives to going the used route. Knowing where to find the best used refrigerators for sale is also a large part of deciding whether or not going used is a good idea or not.
The pros of going the used route include price. Obviously any used refrigerators for sale, even if they are only mildly used, will be heavily discounted compared to a brand new fridge right out of the store. Depending on how well taken care of the fridge was, there’s a decent chance that it not only works as a stop-gap but it that appliance could last several years and work just as well as a brand new model, and without having to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars more.
The potential cons are also fairly easy to recognize. There’s always the potential that a used fridge will break down earlier than a new model, and worries about being conned into buying a “jerry-rigged” fridge which will then break down later. Quality can be an issue, and you will want to keep an eye especially on very old models. Most likely you will also have to handle the transportation yourself.
If you decide the pros outweigh the cons then the first step is locating ads for used fridges. Generally speaking, you don’t find too many used appliance stores. Because of this, looking at local classified ads is often the best way to get solid leads on where to find some cheap used or even free refrigerators. This not only includes newspapers or local penny savers, but also online sources like Craigslist or even online sites which specifically focus on serving as local online classified ads. This allows you to figure out the best options available at a local level, which is critical since you should never agree to buy used refrigerators without inspecting those appliances in person.
If you have friends who have experience with these appliances, ask for their assistance and hit up several places in one day. While they are somewhat rare, taking the time to find a used appliance store could help out immensely as many of them offer warranties on any appliances they sell, and that extra piece of mind is worth considering when looking to purchase an inexpensive used refrigerator.
Originally posted. May 27, 2011