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Used Treadmills - What To Know Before You Buy

Jun 17, 2008
Looking at used treadmills? One way to save money when buying a treadmill is to purchase one second hand.

Maybe your neighbor is moving and will sell you their treadmill at a great price. Perhaps you can find a dirt-cheap treadmill in your local classifieds.

But before you buy a used home treadmill, there are some things you should know to avoid buying a lemon. This article will layout the advantages and disadvantages of buying a treadmill used.

Benefits of buying a used home treadmill.

Obviously the main benefit is that you can save quite a bit when you buy fitness equipment second hand. You can often get 20-50% off department store prices.

This depends on the buyer, when they bought it and how badly they want to get rid of it.

Plus you can often haggle with them and talk the price down even further.

Tip. Look for moving sales when shopping around. Many people don't want the hassle of moving a huge, heavy machine.

If you have a truck and are willing to move the treadmill yourself, you can use this to get an even better deal.

Drawbacks of buying your treadmill used.

While you can save money by buying used, there are some strong drawbacks that most buyers don't know before they buy. If you don't know these you can actually end up wasting money instead of saving it.

1) Most brand warranties do not extend to second hand buyers.

Say that the seller tells you, "Don't worry, it's only a year old and still under warranty". That sounds great in principle.

However did you know that most manufacturers will not honor the warranty if the treadmill changes ownership? So if it does break, you could be out a considerable amount of money to fix it.

There are a few commercial brands that will allow you to assign the warranty coverage to a second owner. However it's hard to find a commercial used treadmill. Most sellers, if they spent that much on a treadmill, don't want to sell their machines.

2) When you buy a used treadmill, you not only have zero warranty coverage, but you also don't know how much wear and tear it's seen.

For example, one treadmill could have been used for gentle walking by one owner 3 times a week for a year. Another treadmill could have been used for heavy running by two owners 7 times a week for 3 years.

The second treadmill has a lot more wear and tear on it and will probably break down a lot faster than the first.

You could ask the seller how much treadmill has been used. But if they want to sell their treadmill, they may not be completely honest with you. And just walking on the treadmill is not an easy way to gage the wear and tear on it.

3) When you buy a used treadmill, you are usually responsible for transporting it back to your home.

This is alright if you've got a truck and several strong friends to help you. However it may turn out to be a pain to move the treadmill, even if you get a great deal.

So those are several of the advantages and disadvantages of buying a used treadmill. Buying second hand fitness equipment can save you quite a bit - but there are also hazards.

And with many online treadmill wholesalers dropping their prices and giving you free shipping, many buyers prefer the security of buying new.

Regardless of what you choose to do, remember to consider the needs of everyone in your family who will be using the treadmill before you buy.
About the Author
Vienna Miller writes for Home Treadmill Review - a consumer oriented website focusing on the home treadmill market.

For a list of treadmill manufacturers that sell directly to the consumer visit the Discount Treadmills page.
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