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What to Look For When Purchasing Used Fitness Equipment

Apr 9, 2008
Most fitness equipment nowadays is very expensive. If you have considered buying a treadmill, elliptical trainer, weight lifting machine or an exercise bike you know they can cost up to thousands of dollars. However, most people still want to have a piece of equipment because they think it is the best way for them to get in shape.

If this sounds like you then you should consider purchasing a used exercise machine. You will be able to get a high quality piece of equipment for a fraction of the price. If you have some knowledge about the equipment that you want then you will be able to walk into a store and identify what is a good purchase and what will not be.

There are a couple of places to buy used fitness equipment. Advertisements placed by individuals through classified ads or even eBay. These people have already decided to sell their equipment because the novelty has worn off and so instead of it sitting around at home they have considered getting a little money for it. Another reason for them selling would be so they can upgrade to a different or newer model. Either way, you really should see the equipment from an individual seller prior to making a commitment to buy.

Responding to the advertisement in your local newspaper ensures that you can actually go to the person's house to have a look at the fitness equipment. When you are looking at used equipment make note of a couple things such as; the fitness equipment has all of its parts and there is no rust or worn out spots. Have a little work out on the machine for about 10 minutes to get a feel for it and see if you hear any strange noises.

Used fitness equipment would most likely not have a warranty when you purchase it from an individual. Also, it could be harder to find replacement parts for older models. Therefore, it would be wise to ask the original owner where the fitness equipment was purchased so that you could contact the store directly if you had any problems.

If you are looking online for a piece of equipment then you won't be able to see the actual equipment. However, you can check out the rating system that is used and find out if other buyers have been happy with the products this seller has sold. Be sure to get plenty of pictures and look for signs of wear and tear.

One more option for you to consider is remanufactured or refurbished fitness equipment. Usually this equipment comes from gyms and is now available to the public for sale because the lease has expired on the equipment. The manufacturer then restores the equipment and the used fitness equipment is sold for approximately half the price of a new one. These machines are stripped of the original parts, tested to make sure it is operating properly then the unit is put back together and repainted to look like new.

Be sure to check around for information about a manufacturer and even a private individual before you decide to buy fitness equipment from them.
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