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What to look for when buying used Gym, Health Club, or Fitness Center Equipment

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

“What to look for when buying used Gym, Health Club, or Fitness Center Equipment”

Buying used gym equipment can save you alot of money if you know what to look for. There are alot of great places to buy used and refurbished gym equipment from, but make sure to do your own research of the companies your looking at.

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You should look for these things:

  • Is the gym equipment totally refurbished or just some parts, (for instance, some used gym equipment companies will say their treadmills are refurbished, but they really only put a new belt on them and clean them up. when actually they needed a new deck and waxer and maybe a roller also but they know it will last just long enough for the short warranty to run out)
  • Do they have a warranty and how long. (also ask what all is covered and how they repair the piece if it does tear up. I bought one treadmill that tore up and they sent me the part and told me to fix it myself. LET ME TELL YOU THAT ITS NOT EASY TO WORK ON TREADMILLS, AND I DO MECHANICAL WORK ALL THE TIME, SO MAKE SURE YOU DONT HAVE TO DO THE REPAIRS)
  • How much does the shipping cost?
  • Look for reviews on the company from a website. (there are some websites that will have reviews on dealing with the used fitness equipment compaines, search the name of the company and you’ll probably find someone who has dealt with them that will have a blog like this one your reading now, but on that company. BUT DON’T DRAW A CONCLUSION FROM ONE OR TWO REVIEWS, i’m sure you know that noone can please everyone all the time)
  • Never Ever buy anything without seeling it in detail either in person or pictures, a video showing it in action if possible. (it amazes me at the gym equipment dealers that don’t realize if they would show a video of the equipment in action, they would take away all reluctance of the customer to buy)

Their are brokers that you can contact that specialize in buying and selling used health club equipment, do a search for used gym equipment brokers on the internet and i’m sure you’ll find some good ones.

EBAY: should you try ebay? You will find everything for your gym on ebay, from one dumbbell to a turnkey gym ready to go. You will have to pay much more attention to things on ebay, but i have found that most ebay sellers do a better job of marketing their items. I mean by this that they do detailed photos and videos and have a detail of and warranties and all shipping charges so you won’t be trying to figure out what the charges are to ship. But you do have to worry about the warranty being upheld in some cases because if they are a single seller they could possibly go out of business tomorrow or just not return your calls and your stuck with a broken piece of fitness equipment.

So if you use ebay to buy used equipment, PLEASE CHECK THEIR RATINGS!

Some dealers that i have bought equipment from are:

WRIGHT WEIGHT EQUIPMENT in birmingham, alabama

BiG FiTNESS North Kingstown
190 Frenchtown Rd
North Kingstown, RI 02852       AND  

BiG FiTNESS Seekonk
5 Progress St
Seekonk, MA 02771


14201 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90061
Toll Free: 800-884-1446

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