Buying Refurbished Medical Equipment: What to Ask

You can easily save thousands of dollars by purchasing refurbished medical equipment. Unfortunately, some people decide to forego this solution due to fears about the reliability of the equipment. Don’t get caught in this trap.

Refurbished medical equipment is just as good as brand-new equipment, especially if the job is done by an experienced refurbishing company. If this is your first time purchasing refurbished medical equipment, here are a few questions you should ask to ensure you get a good deal:

What type of refurbished equipment do you offer?

In general, “refurbished” is a term that takes on several meanings. Here is a quick rundown on the types of refurbished equipment you are likely to encounter:

Cosmetically Refurbished – This means the equipment was received in good working order. However, the equipment came with cosmetic problems such as faded paint or dents and were promptly repaired.

Parts Refurbished – This means the equipment did not function as intended when it was acquired. The offending parts were promptly replaced to meet original manufacturer specifications.

Fully Refurbished – This means the equipment did not function as intended when it was acquired. Offending parts were promptly replaced and the machine was cosmetically refurbished.

How does your trade-in system work?

Asking this question may not come to mind instantly, but doing so could yield valuable information. The trade-in system can help you identify the quality of the equipment that they source, as well as provide you an option, should you decide to sell your equipment later on.

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