3 Golden Rules For Buying Anything Second-Hand

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Collaborative Post¦ Buying second-hand items is perhaps the single best way to cut expenditure costs on anything. Whether you’re looking for large purchases such as a new car, or simply want to upgrade a small kitchen appliance like a blender, you can save a small fortune by choosing to buy items that have previously been used by others.

However, buying any item second-hand involves a very different thought process when compared to buying new – and it’s a process that few people are familiar with. As a result, we thought it’d be helpful to outline three golden rules that apply to any second-hand purchase, so you can be sure that you’re always getting your money’s worth…

Rule #1: Stick to standard

By ‘standard’, we mean the most commonly accepted ways of buying second-hand items; buying a kitchen appliance from a registered charity shop rather than an online auction site, or buying a second-hand car from trustworthy dealers such as Hilton Car Supermarket rather than a private seller whose authenticity and history you cannot track. While straying from the standard methods of buying second-hand can provide the opportunity to cut costs even further, the chances of being scammed or purchasing an item that is unfit for purpose are simply too high to merit the risk.

Rule #2: Check the available recourse before purchasing

With any luck, your second-hand purchase will go exactly as planned, and you’ll be able to buy an item that performs exactly as expected. However, if something goes awry, you need to know what recourse you will have – for example, if you buy via an online site, you need to know before you buy if you will be entitled to a replacement or a refund. By ensuring you know what route you would need to follow before committing to your purchase, you can avoid a scenario where you buy an item that isn’t suitable but have no way to rectify the issue and get your money back.

Rule #3: You can never check too much

When buying a second-hand item, it can often feel that it’s impolite to the seller to ask questions or, if buying in person, carefully scrutinise the item to ensure all is as it should be. It’s therefore important to remind yourself that it’s far better to be seen as impolite than to risk buying an item that then proves to be unsuitable. Ask your questions, take a magnifying glass to inspect an item if you wish – most sellers will completely understand that you are just being cautious, so they won’t mind at all. In fact, it could be argued that if a seller does seem to have an issue with you wanting to check facts, ask questions, or inspect an item in detail, then you should probably see that as a red flag and walk away from the deal.

In conclusion

By sticking to the “rules” as detailed above, you can be confident that any second-hand purchase you make will have the best possible results.

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