Things You Should Know Before Buying Refurbished Appliances

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We’ve compiled a list of things you should know before buying refurbished appliances. Refurbished appliances can save you a bundle and are a great deal if you know what to look for.

With technology constantly changing, we’ll help you make the right buying decisions to upgrade your home.

Dings and Scratches

Appliances with a few dings and dents can literally help you save hundreds of dollars. Since retailers can no longer sell the items new, they will sell them at deep discounts for a little scratch here and there. I once got $350 off a refrigerator for a dent I couldn’t even see.

When buying discounted appliances that have been marked down due to blemishes, be aware of your space and if you actually care about any flaws.

For clothes washing machines and dryers, it isn’t always a big deal if there’s a big scratch right on the front. Now if your machines are in a location that isn’t very well hidden, you might care a bit – but saving hundreds can be surprisingly persuasive when it comes to swaying your decision.

In short, the location can be everything when it comes to cosmetic issues. Just be aware of where it will be in your home and decide if you are okay with a less than perfect brand-new appliance.

Know the Warranty

This is the most important thing you need to consider when buying refurbished appliances. If the warranty is significantly less than if you were to purchase the item new, you’ll want to take that into consideration before buying.

You should be wary of any warranties that are less than 90 days as it could indicate they are aware of an issue that would affect the longevity of the appliance.

Always review the warranty and ask detailed questions before making a purchase. Also, ensure you have time to verify that all functions and parts are working properly.

For example, if you buy a refrigerator with an ice maker or water dispenser, ensure you have a current water line to hook up. If you don’t, be sure to get the water line added prior to your warranty expiration so that you can ensure all features work properly.

Other Useful Tips

Look around for discounted floor models at any major appliance retailer such as Best Buy, Home Depot or Lowe’s. Once new models are released, retailers will discount floor models to make room for the new inventory.

Those discounted floor models often carry the same warranty as buying them brand new but be sure to check. Also, take advantage of price match opportunities and never pay more than you have to.

Even if the retailer you are at is more convenient, they’ll likely price match another retailer that has the same item for less.