If you have been shopping around for a new treadmill lately you’ve probably seen how the prices can range from $100 to over $6000 which can be a little daunting for anyone’s pocketbook! Naturally you want all the quality and features on that gym quality commercial treadmill you’ve seen at several thousand dollars but geesh, that’s a lot of money! Well, there are a few ways you can bring those prices down to more affordable levels and one of them is to shop carefully amongst the used and second hand treadmills for sale by owner out there on the web and amongst local advertisers.
Buying a secondhand treadmill can save you 70% or more compared to the price of a brand new treadmill. That’s a great deal when you consider that with a little shopping around you can find barely used treadmills for sale by owners whose good intentions went by the wayside once summer ended or who made that new year’s resolution only to break it almost immediately and never touched the machine again. A barely touched second hand treadmill running machine like this is an absolute steal as it is going to be virtually new but at a fraction of the price.
Of course, the flipside of the coin is the number of secondhand treadmills on the market which have seen masses of use and now they’ve started developing a few squeaks and other issues, the owner has decided to upgrade to a newer model.These are the ones you do not want to touch as they’re liable to still be a great price but you’re just going to be buying yourself a whole heap and maintenance issues in the not too distant future.
The way to find the best second hand treadmills is to check for a couple of basic things before you commit to buying.
Firstly, you want to see the treadmill in person if you can. Doing so will allow you to test the machine out and look for tell tale signs of a machine which has been the family workhorse compared to a barely used treadmill. Check out the running belt – is it worn down? If so, it’s probably had a lot of use. The same goes for any handgrips etc. if the padding is worn down then this is an older machine and you’ll probably want to move on.
Secondly, you will want to take the test run the treadmill. If the owner makes any excuses here and doesn’t want to let you try it out, no matter how good the excuse sounds, skip it and move on. When you are trying the machine out test out all the features including incline controls, different speeds, running, walking, and if its a folding treadmill test out the folding features too. You want to look for a sturdy frame, no squeaking or rattling noises, a smooth moving belt with no jerking or other issues and generally, you will have to keep an eagle eye out for any other issues.
Thirdly, ask questions. Yes, I know some of us aren’t good at that sort of thing, but if it helps, write a checklist of things you want to ask beforehand. If you ask point blank most people are honest about the questions you ask them and probably expected you to ask anyway so it’s not being rude to inquire into the overall history and condition of the preowned treadmill you might potentially buy. You want to ask questions like how old the treadmill is, how much use it has had, whether there have been any repairs, if it’s still under any kind of transferable warranty etc.
Ultimately, shopping for a second hand treadmill is like shopping for anything used – you have to use a fair amount of common sense and intuition to avoid getting burned. Most people are just your ordinary honest average Joes trying to sell their stuff for one reason or another but there are some more unscrupulous people out there who will be happy to sell you a hunk of junk…and of course those who don’t even know they’re trying to sell a hunk of junk in the first place! Be careful, use some common sense and generally check things out thoroughly and you can find a bargain secondhand treadmill at a price you’ll be delighted with.