So you have a forklift. It’s not doing the job anymore. You want a new(er) forklift and you’ve done your homework, you know what you want. So what can you do with the old forklift? Read on for some great advice on selling or trading in your old used forklift.
Option 1: Just keep it
Having made the decision to obtain a new forklift, you now must choose what to do with your old one. There are several options here, and ultimately your choice will depend on your circumstances, but hopefully this will give you some good advice.
If you business is growing, or the forklift is a critical piece of equipment, then simply keeping the old unit as a spare forklift or for occasional use may be a great choice. By keeping the forklift, you give yourself something to use should your new forklift ever be out of commission for any reason, or if you become extremely busy and need to run two forklifts for a time, it’s there for you. The downside to this approach is that your old forklift will continue to take up valuable space, and may become a liability. This also means you cannot obtain trade in credit for the forklift, if you are on a tight budget this may mean being forced to go with a lesser quality or specification than you desire.Option 2: Trade it in for a newer / bigger / better forklift
If you don’t have the space to keep it or you really don’t want it around any more, most forklift dealers (including us) will take trade in forklifts upon request. Many people are disappointed to discover that on trade in the forklift isn’t worth what they thought it would be. This can be for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:
Hours are the equivalent of an odometer or mileage reading for a forklift, and very high hours, or very old (pre 1980) forklifts, are simply not worth very much on resale. In good working order, they are certainly worth something, however that something may not be as much as you would like.
Having said all that, there are a number of positives to this way of selling. All transport is taken care of for instance, and your unit will usually be picked up on the same day that the new forklift is dropped off. You don’t have to worry about placing ads, trying to find a buyer etc. Just like trading in a car, you sacrifice a little trade in value for a lot less hassle.Option 3: Sell your used forklift privately
Since the advent of the internet and other similar marketplaces, this has become a more popular option. While worth considering, most sellers simply trade in their unwanted unit. This is mainly so they don’t have to worry if the forklift doesn’t sell, how much to charge for it, how to get it into a saleable condition, making sure the forklift is compliant, arranging transport and so on. It also means that at the time of making a capital purchase (your new forklift), your total cost and impact on your cash-flow is reduced, helping the bottom line of your business. If you do go with this route, ensure that you practice proper online selling practices, and be aware that your old forklift may not sell for several weeks or months, depending on model and price.
We hope that this article has helped you to decide what to do with your old secondhand forklift. As always, please use this information as a guide only and let us know if we can help you in any way.