If you have been contemplating on building a home gym but your budget doesn’t allow it, then it’s high time you consider the prospect of buying used fitness equipment. Obviously, you will need hundreds if not thousands of bucks if you intend to fill your home gym with new equipment. But there’s really no reason to be disappointed because in terms of buying used commercial gym equipment, there’s a big chance you stumble upon some that still are in very good condition.
First things first, you have to understand that a lot of commercial fitness centers out there will purchase new equipment with the idea that it will be enough to convince their current members to renew or even lure in new ones. With that in mind, there’s a lot of used exercise machines and equipment that are left out to be sold even though they were only used for a couple of years, even months for some.
But then again, there also are those that might have some hidden defects or problems in them. So, it makes sense to really understand your options when you buy used fitness equipment.
Know the Terminology
The truth is there is no uniform set of rules or standards when it comes to describing used gym equipment. But then again, it still makes sense to learn if there is any difference between a pre-owned or refurbished gym equipment, or maybe one that’ reconditioned. Keep in mind that even if you’re buying a used product, you still will want to learn and dig deeper about it and the best person to ask is the sales representative.
Residential vs Commercial
Next step is to figure out if what you’re buying is commercial or residential type of fitness equipment. In this regard, it is best to look for a commercial grade fitness equipment sold for a discounted price. You obviously will pick a commercial type against a residential grade. The reason why they’re commercial grade is because they are built and designed to withstand use and abuse.
Consider the Brand
In buying used stuff, the value of choosing those from major or recognizable brands is higher. A manufacturer with a long standing reputation for building premium quality products is more likely to build one that can last long. Buying from an unknown brand could become your biggest and costliest mistake.
Finally, even if you’re buying a used equipment, it still is a much better deal if you can find one that still has a warranty attached to it. In the event that there no longer is a manufacturer warranty applicable, then it is best you inquire about what the dealer can give you.