Purchasing used medical equipment can save your company significant amounts of money. Buying used can also cause a lot of problems if not done correctly. Follow these tips and you will be purchasing reliable used equipment for much less than the cost of new.
The first step in preparation for purchasing used medical equipment is to gain knowledge of the product. Be sure that it will meet your needs and has the features that you will need to utilize.
You should also consider the age of the equipment you are purchasing. You may not want to purchase a piece of equipment that uses older technology. Make sure that you are buying equipment for which parts are still available for purchase. You should also make sure that the piece of equipment is supported by the manufacturer and can be serviced with preventative maintenance or repairs. The last thing you need is a piece of equipment that is cannot be used due to a lack of parts or technicians to repair it.
If you know what types of used equipment you would like, you can move on to finding those specific types of equipment. A simple web search for the used medical equipment you are looking for will help you find what you need. There are many sites which facilitate the buying and selling of used medical equipment.
After finding equipment you would consider purchasing, make sure to investigate the condition of this specific piece of equipment. You will also want to ask the seller questions about the history of the product. If it is a ventilator or related piece of equipment, how many hours of use has been logged? How many previous owners have used the product? Who was the product purchased from? Is the equipment up to date on the manufacturers suggested preventative maintenance schedule? How was the used equipment serviced and prepared for the buyer? These questions will help you decide whether you want to purchase this piece of equipment at asking price, offer a lower price, or walk away.
After you have a price, condition, and history for your product, it would be wise to check the cost of new medical equipment. If new equipment is not much more expensive than the used product, you may be able to get more life out of it and a lower long term cost. With improvements in manufacturing technology some newer units may cost less than you anticipated.
Before you close the deal, make sure to ask the seller for their return policy, and if there is any warranty on the equipment. This should give you the peace of mind that if something goes wrong, you and the seller can resolve the problem. If you keep these tips in mind you can purchase used equipment at a great price with confidence.