Deciding to be a restaurateur, you will be faced with the fact that much of your start up capital will go to the necessary kitchen tools. It can be expensive to get essentials such as ranges, fryers, dishwashers, coolers and others. Going for used restaurant equipment is one option you have.
Doing so has certain pros and cons to the restaurateur. The biggest advantage you can get from purchasing used ones is being able to stretch your budget. Definitely, they’re much cheaper than brand-new ones. Just think of where the unspent money can go that can benefit your business further.
Most sellers are open to negotiations, so haggle well. You may also get perks – discounts, freebies and the likes – if you purchase several of the available items at the same time from the seller. Shopping around enables you to find where inexpensive kitchen items are. Get the recommendations of fellow restaurateur or search for reliable sellers on the internet.
Secondhand doesn’t necessarily equate to a badly beaten up item. This is why you should carefully inspect whatever you’re purchasing. Because of the quality of today’s kitchen tools, they tend to be durable enough to handle everyday use very well. Also, missing or damaged parts can be easily replaced nowadays.
But then there are also some disadvantages around. Some parts may already be dented, rusted, stained or sport other minor problems. But the more important thing is the functionality being still intact. Ask how long they were in use before the owners decided to put them up for sale.
Some secondhand restaurant equipment may still have warranties intact. Others, however, may no longer have them. If such is the case, you may end up actually paying more than when getting a new one due to the repairs needed. That is why going for these types of items is considered by many as gambling.