The fact is that when it comes to buying printing equipment a better alternative to buying brand new machines is that of checking out the used printing machine market.
There are many people and businesses that are selling their machines at more than reasonable prices, and this is why we will be able to find used printing machines that are in a relatively good condition at prices that are only half of what it would cost to buy a new machine.
The real trick is in being able to distinguish the bad from the good. Choosing a good machine depends entirely on us and that is why we need to make sure that we know how to pick the right one, and a good way to do that is to get a second opinion. We can easily hire an experienced independent technician to assist us in the purchase. In fact, we will need the assistance of a technician on more than just picking good used printing equipment.
The first things that we need to check are whether we are legally able to purchase the machine, whether the person that is trying to sell the machine has the right to do so, but also whether there are any liens or holds on the title of the machine, which would imply that, in order to purchase the machine, we would need to deal with and get the authorization of the lien holder. If there are no legal difficulties when it comes to the purchase of the machine, then we can proceed with checking if the machine is in a good state.
The basic things that we need to find out about a machine is whether it’s fully functional, and if not, what are the problems, whether it has all the original parts, and if not, why have them been replaced and how many times, and whether we are offered any warranty; if we are purchasing the machine from a reputable broker, then they might be able to provide us with a limited guarantee on the machine. We can find out most of what we need to know about the state of the used printing machine by checking its service record history.
When it comes to evaluating a used print machine it’s always a good choice to see it in operation. Other, more technical, but highly important details that we need to find out, are details related to how the machine is behaving overall. When the machine is in operation we need to be extra careful at what sounds the machine makes. Squeaks, chirps and grinding sounds are indicative of the fact that some parts of the machine are binding or out of sync.
It’s always a good idea to hire an experienced independent technician to help us with choosing a used printing machine, but also to help us move it from one place to another. Many things can happen during transport, and that is why we need to make sure we don’t lose our money by being careless. It is highly recommended to get an all-risk special insurance that will cover next to everything when it comes to disassembling, transporting and re-installing the machine.
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