5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Forklift


Your company may be looking to purchase a used forklift in Indiana for a number of reasons.  A used forklift usually has cheaper upfront costs, and if you plan on using the truck for occasional or specialized work, it can be the way to go. Find the right used forklift that has been well-maintained, and you may even have a full-time truck that can last for years.

But, buying a used forklift isn’t necessarily an easy process.  They all have histories that may complicate the decision-making process.  If you buy from a reputable dealer, they should easily answer all your questions. But even then, don’t consider buying a used forklift until you get answers to these 5 questions:

What was the work history?   

Even if two different forklifts had the same amount of hours, they may have completely different work histories.  While one may have had much more stress carrying various loads outside through rain, snow and shine, the other only carried small loads through a temperature-controlled showroom.  

When buying a used forklift, you want one that will be immediately compatible with your organization.  Finding one with a similar work history may be the best way to make sure that happens.

What Was The Maintenance History?

Naturally, the forklift should be in good working order when you buy it, but was it always that way?  Make sure major repairs have documentation, and all maintenance items should be noted. A forklift with a planned maintenance schedule is always most preferable because then you know that the forklift has been checked over on a regular basis.  

What Attachments Are Available For The Forklift?

Unlike a new forklift, you usually cannot custom-order a used truck to your organization's unique specifications.  Therefore, knowing the limitations of the used forklift is paramount. If that particular forklift does not have an attachment that you need, you might be able to get one installed.  Just make sure you use a certified forklift service center, though, as used forklifts may have special requirements.

Has the Forklift Ever Been In An Accident?

An accident can dramatically shorten a forklift’s lifespan if it wasn’t taken care of correctly.  Accidents are not necessarily deal-breakers, but you need to know what happened, and if and how any damaged on the forklift was fixed.

Can I Take It For A Test Drive?

While you can roll the dice and buy your used forklift sight unseen, it's not generally advisable.  Since most used forklifts are sold “as-is”, you really need to be comfortable in the seat before doing vital work at your Indiana operation.  Make sure you get a test drive and lift some reference loads so you know everything is in good working order.  

Tynan Will Answer Your Used Forklift Questions

When looking to buy a used forklift for your Indiana operation, the first step is to contact Tynan.  Our dealership has been a leader in used forklifts, and will happily answer any of your questions. Contact us at (317) 597-4003 and we can find the right forklift for you.

Know what to ask when buying a used forklift in Indiana.

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