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Second Hand Treadmills - Used Pre Owned Treadmills Secondhand

Updated on August 24, 2014

Used Treadmills Buying Guide

There's no better investment you can make than to invest in your own good health. Unfortunately that investment can start to look a little less appealing and certainly less attainable when you see the retail prices of new fitness machines. Not all of us have hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars sitting around waiting to be spent on the best treadmill money can buy.

Fortunately, you can save hundreds of dollars by taking a serious look at the market for second hand treadmills where there are some fantastic bargain machines to be found by the smart shopper. This article aims to help you find bargain secondhand treadmills online and in the offline by showing you where to look, what to avoid and generally, how to find a great deal without getting burned in the process.

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Used and Preowned Treadmills

A used treadmill can be reconditioned, or remanufactured in some way, but typically when speaking in terms of a used, preowned or secondhand treadmill you generally mean something for sale by some other individual member of the public. As such, you have to be a little more careful when buying used fitness machines this way as the quality and condition can vary quite wildly. You, as the customer, want to buy a gently used running machine for less than the price of a similar remanufactured model rather than a beat up product which has received a daily thrashing for several years and is now on its last legs!

When shopping for an older used treadmill you should always keep in mind your reasons for opting for a secondhand item in the first place - hopefully it's because you're trying to save a buck or two!

In order to do so, you'll need to keep a few things in mind whenever you find something which looks like it might just be a bargain:

Firstly, once you find a second user treadmill which looks like it might just fit your price range you need to actually check out whether this is a great deal or not, and the only way you are going to know this is by physically looking up the prices of the used running machine models you find on somewhere like an Amazon.com to see if you can find it cheaper or at least get a better idea of its actual street price. The manufacturer's recommended price is rarely the actual amount you'll have to pay when you buy online and as you have already seen, you can often save up to 50% off the retail price and get a new running machine for half price if you shop around some of the larger online retailers...and in addition, these come with a warrantee and easy return policy which you'll not find from a typical used fitness machine as well!

A good used treadmill for sale should save you more than 50% off the price and hopefully more like 70% discount or better. You will not get a warrantee unless you're buying a refurbished treadmill model from a fitness showroom or online exercise equipment retail outlet and returns may be difficult, so be sure to give the machine you are intested in more than a quick glance over.

At best, you want to be able to test a 2nd hand treadmill out to make sure it runs smoothly and doesn't have any other issues. At worst, and this particularly applies to buying online, you need to ask a LOT of questions to the seller. You want to know how old it is, how much use it has received, whether there are or have been any issues and things like that.

Refurbished and Remanufactured Treadmills

Cheap refurbished treadmills can be found online at various exercise equipment stockists and these too can save you hundreds of dollars. A refurbished model is not to be confused with the similar kind of used exercise equipment you will find for sale by owner through an online ad or ebay auction, as there are some major differences.

Used exercise products are just that, nothing more nothing less, just 'used'. Someone bought it, used it and eventually for one reason or another put it up for sale. You'll get no warrantee, no guarantee it'll work or for how long. Remanufactured treadmills, on the other hand, are undoubtedly pre-owned, but go through various processes which are designed to bring that preowned treadmill back to virtually new condition.

The best remanufactured products are stripped down to the frame and rebuilt from the ground up and reconditioned by professionals. Treadmills reconditioned in this way will be next to new but cost a fraction of the price. You can find excellent remanufactured exercise machines like this at BigFitness online which has a rigorous remanufacturing process.

Be careful buying refurbished treadmill machines from sources which do not explain what their remanufacturing process entails, as a less reliable retailer's idea of a reconditioned treadmill might mean they've done as little as polish it up a bit and add some lubricant! Also be aware that whilst some resellers use the terms remanufactured, reconditioned and refurbished interchangably to mean the same thing, for others, these might mean differences in the processes used to bring the machine up to standard and differences in how close to being 'like new' the machine is. In particular, with some resellers, refurbished and remanufactured might mean something very different in terms of the final quality of the merchandise. Again, check on the seller's site or call to be sure what you are getting.

The big benefit of finding a remanufactured running machine for sale online is you will not only save money, usually discounted up to 50% cheaper but sometimes higher, but you should also get a warrantee as part of the bargain, something you'll not find in a private listing on craigslist or a local ads site.

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