Knowing how to get the best deal on a used treadmill is one way a fitness buff can keep up a healthy lifestyle while maintaining a healthy bank balance. Buying used exercise equipment is a good idea if you do not want to spend thousands of dollars on a new treadmill. A treadmill is a good choice as it does not need much storage space, nor do you need to have a particular skill to use one. As with all used items though, it pays to do your research in order to get your money’s worth.
Looking for a used treadmill online is a quick and convenient way to shop around. Prices are usually attractively low, but one thing you should check before whipping out the credit card is how much the shipping costs. Caution is always advisable as items with extremely low prices can sometimes be accompanied by extortionate shipping charges. As such, it always pays to double-check when it comes to “bargain” items.
When it comes to used treadmills, the warranty should demand serious consideration. There are stores that provide retailer’s warranties, while others only honor the time left on the manufacturer’s warranty. You might have to pay something extra for a decent warranty that covers the motor, which can be a very expensive component to fix. Either way, it pays to find out in order to prevent unwelcome surprises should your new/old treadmill need repairs.
People looking up used treadmills for sale tend to gravitate towards the cheapest items. On one hand, you do pay much less. On the other hand, though, the quality might be questionable. Looking in to the more popular brands is worthwhile if you want to get a good deal on a used treadmill. Most of the time, a cheaper treadmill will not last long and you cannot be sure of the seller’s after-sale service. Opting for a more popular brand or model also allows you to check out reviews and model specifications to ensure the treadmill meets your standards.
Testing the machine is one way to avoid being shortchanged when you evaluate a used treadmill for sale. Always keep in mind that no question is too silly because this purchase involves a substantial sum of money! Ideally, the motor should run quietly at 1.0-1.5 horsepower continuous duty peak performance. The treadmill frame should be sturdy with no signs of structural weakness. The belt should be at least 52 inches to allow comfortable striding.
You should not only test a used treadmill for motor performance, durable construction and belt length; a good treadmill, used or new, should have resistance or incline settings to ensure varied workouts. Neither should you ever compromise on safety features, which are another important aspect, in return for a low price. Good treadmills should have an emergency cut off switch or button in case you need to shut the machine down quickly. Conversely, a treadmill that comes with a safety key ensures extra security, especially if there are young children or small pets that may wander in to your exercise area. The key serves to unlock the treadmill before it can be switched on. This ensures that no one will trigger it by accident.
The idea of used commercial treadmills may be alien to those new to the concept of used exercise equipment. Sometimes, though, “used” can be another word for “refurbished”. This means that the buyer does not trade in quality or functionality for a low price. In fact, a refurbished machine may be something that is practically brand new, and was only rejected due to superficial defects, e.g. a slightly scuffed display. Approach refurbished treadmills from a gym with caution though, as they may not have a very long lifespan due to their heavy usage.
A lot of the time, a refurbished treadmill may be a better choice than a used treadmill offered by an individual. Despite a slightly higher price, refurbished items tend to come with a manufacturer’s warranty, which makes it easier to arrange repairs or servicing. A manual also usually accompanies them, which is helpful if you want to troubleshoot problems on your own before calling in the manufacturer. Additionally, such vendors tend to come under the jurisdiction of the Better Business Bureau, which makes it easier to resolve claims or obtain assistance.
Successfully finding a good, used treadmill is only the beginning of your journey. If you are new to running/brisk walking or just fitness in general, you should keep in mind that there are no shortcuts to getting fit and losing weight. Getting fit entails making a commitment to regular exercise and cutting out the things that are detrimental to your health. Most people are amazed to find that they no longer miss their little vices once they realize such indulgences (e.g. constant snacking, sleeping in) provided no benefit to their health at all.