Tips to buying a used appliance :: WRAL.com

Need a device but pandemic slowdowns mean waiting for it to be available?

5 On Your Side’s Monica Laliberte Says You Should Buy Used One.

From refrigerators to washing machines, we are working on our appliances and the pandemic has left us with a lack of new options.

Hence, a used appliance might be your only option.

According to Consumer Reports, sales and sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are skipped because the devices are usually not warranted or warranted.

Instead, contact a local reputable repair facility or used equipment store early and frequently.

According to consumer reports, you can save 50% or more even if the appliance has not been used at all.

Your best bets for buying used ones are washing machines, dryers, stoves and refrigerators. Just make sure you know how old the device is to calculate how much life is left and if it’s worth the price.

“When you’re spending a few hundred dollars on a 10-year-old refrigerator with an average life of 12 years, you have to balance that value in your head,” Perry Santanachote said with consumer reports, it’s worth it when you only have two years of it. “

Often times, the brand you buy also makes a difference. Data shows that some are more reliable than others.

“CR’s reliability surveys of thousands of members found that LG, GE and Kenmore all received good or higher reliability ratings for their refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers,” said Santanachote.

If you find what you need, give it a try. Plug it in, look for damage or rust, check the knobs and buttons, and even smell mold. And don’t be afraid to bargain to save even more.

Also, check to see if the device is part of a security recall. If you can’t find a model number and serial sticker, skip this appliance.

It could have been recalled or scrapped and rescued illegally.

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