The decision to purchase a forklift truck for your business should not be made lightly, and before making a purchase it is important to consider the requirements of your business, the amount of load and the number of hours you will require your forklift truck to work. There are advantages and disadvantages of purchasing both new and used forklift trucks and weighing these up carefully before making a purchase can save time and money in the long term.
Before purchasing any truck it is important to ensure it will meet all your working requirements so consider the load to be lifted; the environment the machine is required to operate in; and how many hours it will be required to run. Some dealers will provide you with a specification sheet allowing you to identify your requirement with regards to all of the above. However whether purchasing a new or used forklift truck it is important you ask for a demonstration to ensure suitability. If you are still unsure or new to using a forklift truck consider hiring a forklift, before purchasing, to ensure you have selected the correct machine for the job.
Another important aspect to consider is the amount of hours your truck will be used for, if you require the forklift to operate for around 40hrs or more a week you might consider purchasing a new forklift if your budget allows. Some new machines may be more affordable than others, obtain a range of quotes from both local and national companies to get the best deal available. Different companies have different stocks available and some may be carrying ex stock at cheaper prices than newly imported models. Also look out for those offering good warranty terms and check what they cover. It may also be possible to obtain a lease purchase agreement to spread the cost of your forklift truck. It is worth remembering that a new forklift truck begins to depreciate immediately so only purchase if you are sure you will require the machine for the long term.
For those looking for a more affordable option purchasing a used forklift truck can be the answer. Search for reputable dealers, who are concerned with sourcing the right machine for your requirements, as well as those who offer a range of finance options. If your machine is to be used in a busy role then consider lease purchase with additional maintenance cover at an extra cost to minimise any downtime, or a hire contract, which would include maintenance. Check out your local dealer or search online as a starting point. Once you have identified the correct forklift for your requirements ensure you know what to look out for when viewing the machine (see later article) or take an engineer with you to inspect it on your behalf.
Charlotte Mclean works for an established forklift truck hire business run by her family for many years. Follow the links to find out more about forklifts for hire or to browse our selection of new and used forklift trucks for sale.