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Buying Used and Refurbished Treadmills

Since new treadmills are so expensive many people are interested in buying a used treadmill or a refurbished one. You can really save some money doing this, but you should be very careful!

If buying a used treadmill - most likely from a individual person selling theirs - maybe because they just don't want it anymore, if they are no longer using it. Or maybe they need the money, or they are going to buy a new one. Make sure you check it out first to make sure everything is working ok on it. Especially the electronics. Ideally if something is no longer functioning on it they will tell you. And maybe it won't matter to you, if it was a feature you probably wouldn't use anyway.

Definitely check every thing though. As much as we would all like to be able to trust each other, there are many people out there who can not be trusted and may be trying to trick you into buying something that no longer works properly. Don't be rushed into buying one either! Take your time in making a decision. Write down the brand and model from any used treadmill you are considering buying. Tell the seller you need to think about it some more. Go home and look up that brand and model on the web and see what price new ones are selling for. Also check and see if you can find other used ones being sold, and see what they are selling for and what condition they are supposedly in to sell for that price.

If you are just getting started looking for a used one to buy and don't know where to start - here are some ideas. First try a local newspaper, want ads, etc. Also, check ebay and Craigslist. Ask around to your neighbors, friends, and co-workers. And be patient! You may be able to find a decent used one in your area, but it may take a while. Don't settle for one that doesn't do what you need it to or one that no longer functions correctly.

Refurbished treadmills are usually sold by retailers. You may be able to fine a local one, or you can probably find one on the web. Some retailers sell both new and refurbished ones. Where do these treadmils come from? Some may have been used in hotels, or gyms or have been owned by individual people. In some cases they may even just be older models.

Even with refurbished treadmills you want to be careful and ask lots of questions before you buy. If they are a regular business you should look them up at the Better Business Bureau also, to see if there have been any complaints about them.

And again, check around to see what the price is for new versions of that same or similar brand and model. And - ask lots of questions before you buy! One other important thing to ask about, is if you can still get a warranty for it. In many cases no, but ask, just in case.

Many used or refurbished treadmills are just fine to buy - just make sure you check around carefully before putting any money out!

See also:

Choosing a Treadmill, Inexpensive/cheap Treadmills and .

Legal stuff: The above article is for general information purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care.

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