How Do I Choose The Right Used Generator?

When buying a used generator, it's important to ensure that you make a well-informed decision to avoid any potential problems. Here are some tips to help you in the process:

Determine your power requirements: 

Assess your power needs to determine the capacity and size of the generator you require. Consider the appliances or equipment you plan to run with the generator and calculate their total power consumption to select an appropriate generator.

Research reputable brands and models:

Look for well-known brands and models with a good reputation for reliability and durability. Research online or consult with our experts to identify the generators that have a track record of performance and longevity. The Generators For Export team have been in the power generation world for decades, if you are unsure on the various brands we have available or which generator might work best for you give us a call, we are here to help.

Inspect the generator thoroughly:

When examining a used generator, inspect it carefully for any signs of wear and tear. Check for rust, leaks, loose parts, or damaged components. Ensure that the control panel, switches, and outlets are in good working condition. We always include extensive photos of our generators online to show the generators true condition. Have a look at our large selection of used generators.

Ask for maintenance and service records where possible:

Request maintenance and service records to gain insights into how well the generator has been maintained. Regular servicing indicates that the previous owner took proper care of the equipment. On some occasions the historical records have not been kept with the generator meaning there can be gaps in the generator’s history. However rest assured we check the generators we sell thoroughly prior to sale.

Check the generator's run time:

Enquire about the generator's run time, which refers to the number of hours it has been in operation. A lower run time indicates less wear and tear. However, bear in mind that the price may be higher for generators with lower run times. The Generators For Export team catalogue all aspects of the generator including the number of hours the generator has run for. If you have seen a generator you like on our website we are always able to quickly tell you the run time.

Test the generator:

Our engineers are able to demonstrate the generator's functionality. Check if it starts smoothly, runs consistently, and generates power as expected. Verify that it can handle the anticipated load without any issues. Here at Generators For Export we are able to take a video of the generator to show you before you visit or if you are not able to visit our yard in Pershore.

Ask about warranty transferability:

Find out if the generator is still covered by a warranty, and if so, inquire about the transferability of the warranty to the new owner. This could provide you with additional protection and peace of mind.

Consider professional inspection:

If you're uncertain about the condition of the generator or lack expertise in assessing its mechanical aspects, you may want to hire a professional generator technician to inspect it thoroughly before finalizing the purchase.

Purchase from reputable sources:

Whenever possible, buy from reputable sources like Generators For Export, a reputable reseller with a trusted online presence. Providing you with a high level of assurance and recourse if any issues arise after the purchase.

Remember, buying a used generator involves some risks, so it's crucial to do your research and make an informed decision. Taking your time to research, inspect, and evaluate the generator will help you find a reliable and cost-effective option. Contact us today, we will support you throughout the buying of a used generator.

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