10 things you need to know before buying second hand copiers

10 things you need to know before buying second hand copiers

If you are going to buy second hand copiers then there are some things you have to know about.  These things will help you buy a copier that will work for longer than a few months and produce quality copies.  If you buy a used copier then certain things have to be looked at.

1.       Age of copier

If you are looking to buy a second hand copier you need to know a little about the copier.  The make and model is the first place to go but knowing how old the copier is would also be a good idea.  The life span of a copier is only a certain number of years before you will not be able to use it any more.

2.       Availability of spares

There are certain things that you have to get for your copier.  Ink cartridges are one of these things but there is a problem.  After a certain amount of time a copier becomes obsolete and company will no longer manufacture the ink cartridges.  Knowing if you can still get cartridges is very important.

3.       What it did before

Who used the copier before and how much work it did is also important.  Ex lease equipment is one of the types of used copiers you will be able to get.  You should be careful with this type of copier as it may have undergone heavy use and need to be cleaned and serviced soon.

4.       Refurbished copiers

Another type of copier you can get is a refurbished one.  Many people believe that this is a good type of second hand copier as it has already been serviced.  Of course you will need to be sure that the refurbishment was done by someone reputable.

5.       The refurbishment process

If you are going to buy a refurbished copier you will need to know how the copier was refurbished.  Just having the copier cleaned inside and out will not always fix a problem that the copier had.  Ask the person you are buying from about the refurbishment process so that you know if it is more in depth than a simple clean.

6.       Service contracts

Having a look at the service contract is also very important.  When you buy the copier get a contract that will cover all the services you may need.  Most important is to get one that covers maintenance services and parts they need.

7.       As new contracts

If a machine has been refurbished correctly then there should be no problem with getting an as new contract.  All contracts should be the same as if you have a new machine.  If there is a problem with getting this kind of contract then there may be a problem with the refurbishment process.

8.       Lease before buying

An option that may be open is to lease the used copier before you buy it.  This is a great way to see the condition of the copier and if it is worth the money.  You will also be able to see if the copier will suit your needs. 

9.       Look at the cover

While people say not to judge a book by its cover a copier is another thing all together.  If the casing of the copier is damaged and has large creaks in it then you should look at not buying it.  Additionally buttons that are worn or missing are a good indication of the life expectancy of the copier.

10.   New features

Should you buy a used copier at all?  New models will have additional features and they will also be more eco friendly.  If you buy an older copier then you will not have the same features.  Additionally you may find that you use more resources.

There are a number of things to look at when buying second hand copiers.  It is important to know the process used to fix the copier.  Service contracts should be as new and the same as new copiers or there may be something wrong.