Used Elliptical Trainers – A Great Way To Save Money
Elliptical machines are very popular among the home exercise crowd.
Ellipticals can get a bit expensive in the short term picture, though.
Purchasing used elliptical trainers can be a good way to own one
while still saving money.
Different Methods – Different results
There are two basic ways to purchase a used elliptical trainer. You can
buy an elliptical through a local garage sale or the classified ads. The
other way to purchase a used elliptical machine is to buy refurbished,
remanufactured, or reconditioned equipment.
Reconditioned elliptical trainers are taken apart and the
pieces are examined one by one. In most cases, the parts are examined for
wear, and all of the major systems are replaced. The overall machine is
cleaned. It is also usually painted and polished. It is then sold to the
customer. It is sometimes offered with a small warranty from the company
that reconditioned it.
Refurbished elliptical equipment usually has the broken
parts replaced and a new paint job. Most of these are not offered with any
type of warranty.
Factory refurbished elliptical equipment has been taken back
to the company that made it. The trainer has been completely taken apart
and examined on a part-by-part basis. The elliptical is cleaned and
necessary parts are replaced. The manufacturer then reissues the
elliptical equipment with a new warranty in place.
Remanufactured elliptical equipment has been completely
taken apart. The trainer has been sand blasted and repainted. Broken or
worn parts are replaced on the elliptical. Most of these ellipticals only
come with ninety day warranties.
The definitions to these terms, though, are not set in stone. They vary
from elliptical company to elliptical company. You can inquire about the
exact definition your trainer company is using when you make your
The Best Used Elliptical Deal – Benefits and Drawbacks
The best way to buy used ellipticals is debatable. The benefits and
drawbacks of any used elliptical are numerous.
If you buy elliptical equipment from a classified advertisement or at a
garage sale, there are several serious drawbacks. First, you have little,
if any, idea how the elliptical was treated during its lifespan. If
someone used the elliptical on an extensive basis, you might be spending
money on a trainer that will wear out in a short period of time. Moreover,
you do not know if the previous owner engaged in proper elliptical
Another drawback to purchasing elliptical equipment this way is the
elliptical will come completely without a warranty. Whatever you end up
spending on the elliptical machine could be wasted money.
One other drawback to purchasing an elliptical in this manner is that it
probably looks used. The trainer may be scratched or dented. If you care
about your elliptical's look, you probably do not want to buy a used
elliptical in this manner.
If you purchase a used elliptical machine that has been refurbished,
remanufactured, or reconditioned, you are probably getting a better deal,
but there are still some drawbacks. The elliptical warranty, if it comes
one, is not as extensive as it might have been if you purchased the
equipment new. It probably does not cover all of the aspects it might have
covered of elliptical maintenance, and it certainly won't be as long as it
might have been if you had purchased the elliptical new.
The major benefit of buying used (any type of used), though, is the money
you can save on a trainer. You don't have to worry about spending a lot on
an elliptical that you don't like or won't use. You won't be spending more
than a few hundred dollars on a used elliptical.
The best deal is offered from factory refurbished ellipticals. These
ellipticals are usually too new to have any serious problems, and they
almost always come with great warranties. However, you can also catch a
great deal on used ellipticals from a neighbor you know.
Whatever choice you make, the following used elliptical buying tips might
be useful. If you choose to use an elliptical company that resells
equipment, check the inventory before you purchase. Because of the
availability of this type of elliptical, you could be on a waiting list
for months for the model you want. You might also want to chat with the
representative from elliptical companies to determine the equipment's life
expectancy. No matter where you purchase the elliptical, be sure to
consult a buyers guide to
figure out what you should be looking for in an elliptical.
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