Occasionally a customer will contact us to explore acquiring a new forklift, but as the conversation unfolds it becomes apparent that their level of usage indicates they might be a better candidate for dependable, high-quality used machine. When it comes to the question of whether to buy new or used, the answer is largely driven by how hard you are going to work the equipment.
Small companies whose usage is limited are often advised to first consider buying a used forklift. For example, if you’re planning to run the equipment just 2-4 hours a day, less than 5 days a week, a used forklift probably makes the most sense. On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re planning to run your forklift 8 hours a day, 5 days a week you’ll probably want to go new.
In between is a gray area where having an in-depth conversation with your equipment provider can help you determine which option is best for you. Obviously, a used forklift will be less expensive than a new one — and at NITCO you can always count on getting the highest-quality, most well-maintained used equipment.
To help our current and future customers, we’ve put together a blog post with additional information about the decision to buy a new or used forklift — as well as a free Used Forklift Checklist filled with advice to help you get the best possible value for your investment.