SHOULD YOU BUY A PREVIOUSLY RENTED FORKLIFT?
Used forklifts are the backbone many Kentuckiana businesses. However, there are plenty of qualifications you should consider when choosing the right piece of used equipment. Foe example, you should have an approximate idea of the remaining work life of the lift truck. You should understand any past mechanical issues that were dealt with, along with a comprehensive maintenance record. Above all else, you should trust the reputation of the seller.
With those details in mind, the best choice may be to consider a forklift that’s currently being used in a rental fleet. Rentals usually have a heavily monitored usage along with a comprehensive maintenance record, especially if it was rented through Yale Kenktuckiana. Surprisingly to some, a rented forklift could be the best used forklift you can buy.
RENTAL FORKLIFTS ARE TYPICALLY USED IN SHORT SPURTS
Most companies that rent a forklift only use it for temporary work. It could be used to get the operation ready for the holiday rush or an extra push in their busy season. It could be that a business is putting on a special event that needs an extra set of wheels. A company that doesn’t own a forklift may need a rental for a one-time project.
A rental period can be for a week or longer, but most rental projects last less than three months. When the truck arrives back at the dealership, it undergoes a complete maintenance check. This is added to the truck’s previous maintenance history. The truck is then available for another rental assignment or for sale.
Due to their short burst usage, most rental forklifts don’t put in as many hours between maintenance checks as other lift trucks. When buying used equipment, hours matter – particularly hours of continuous use. Most dealerships also have comprehensive use records, as defined within the different rental agreements.
RENTAL FORKLIFTS HAVE THE MOST PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE COMPARED TO OTHER USED FORKLIFTS
When a rental is returned to the Yale Kentuckiana, it goes through a complete maintenance inspection. This is the case no matter what the rental job was, even for a one time for a day use. This means if a dealership rents out a particular forklift 20 times in a year, then that lift truck will have 20 maintenance diagnostics worth of data.
If anything is flagged as faulty or worn down, it’s then replaced by one of certified technicians before it becomes a major problem. The idea is to keep our rental fleet running like new, so the next customer who rents that truck can instantly get to work. This same principle applies to any rental lift trucks we sell! After all, it benefits both YKI and the customer to have well-maintained forklifts that run perfectly when you get them.
YOU MAY BE RENTING THE PERFECT FORKLIFT RIGHT NOW
If you are currently enjoying your rental truck while trying to decide on what used lift truck to buy, then you may ask to see if you can buy that rental. You and your operators are already comfortable with how it works, how it performs and its maintenance history. It is as if you already have taken it out for an extended test drive. Not to mention all the time looking around at used equipment you’d save!
BUY YOUR USED FORKLIFT FROM YKI’S RENTAL FLEET
Yale Kentuckiana is a leader in the material handling industry for Kentuckiana businesses. We sell many of our used lift trucks directly from our rental fleet. Our certified technicians diligently replace any possible worn out parts as a preventative measure and fix any mechanical issue right when it happens. All of our equipment is inspected regularly so you know you get a quality truck that will live up to your operation’s expectations. If you’re interested in a piece of used equipment to purchase or looking for a truck to rent, check out our used inventory here and our rental inventory here. You can also call us at (888)269-3198 today!