Pros and Cons of Buying Used Restaurant Equipment

Buying used restaurant equipment can be intimidating for some. Restaurant owners and catering business owners want to know they are purchasing items that will provide desirable functionality and reliable performance. Used restaurant equipment can save you a ton of money compared to new equipment. However, you sometimes get what you pay for if you are not careful.

Here are some of the pros and cons of buying used restaurant equipment:

Pro: Cost Savings

Of course, the biggest appeal of used restaurant equipment is the cost savings. You can find the kitchen appliances, furniture, utensils, serving items and almost everything else you need at a much lower price. Brand new restaurant equipment is not cheap. Used and refurbished restaurant equipment can save you quite a bit of money.

Con: Quality Risk

The primary downside of buying used restaurant equipment—especially if coming from an untrusted source—is you may not always get what you hope. You should try to see it in person and perform a physical inspection. At the very least, ask the seller a lot of questions. Be sure to inquire about any original or extended warranties that may still be attached to any item you are considering purchasing. Lastly, make sure you are buying from a reputable source. At KMC, we thoroughly test and inspect every piece of restaurant equipment that comes through our doors. We will carefully note any damage or issues we find, so you know exactly what you are getting. In addition, we identify any applicable warranties and will share that information with our buyers. 

They say “look before you leap.” This is a great piece of advice when buying used restaurant equipment!

Pro: Convenience

It may depend on where you buy your used restaurant equipment. Purchasing it from a large supplier like Kohn-Megibow Company will provide you with a lot of convenience. You can find most—if not everything—you need for your foodservice business all in one place. You can purchase multiple pieces of used restaurant equipment from one seller rather than trying to track each item down one by one. KMC hosts huge bi-weekly used restaurant equipment auctions and online auctions. We are constantly buying used restaurant equipment and turning it around to our buyers. If you are looking for something specific, let us know and we may be able to make a private transaction for a fair price outside of the auction setting. 

Con: Finding Everything You Need

You may not be able find exactly everything you need when buying used restaurant equipment. Not every item is available at all times and some specialty equipment can be harder to track down. However, you can save a lot of money on what you can find by purchasing used items. Then, that gives you more budget to invest on the tougher-to-find pieces that you may end up having to buy new. At KMC, we offer both new and used restaurant equipment, so again you may be able to get what you need all in one place.

Pro: We’re Here to Help

We can’t speak for all used restaurant equipment sellers and auction house, but customer service is our top priority at KMC. We’re here to help in whatever way you need. Contact us if you have questions and let our team know how we can be of assistance in your search for quality used restaurant equipment at an affordable price. You can also sign up for our online auctions or visit our Specials page to see what we have currently available.

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