Your Guide to Buying Used Appliances for a Restaurant Kitchen

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Kitchen appliances are one of the largest startup expenses for a new restaurant. That’s why many restaurant owners choose to save money by buying used appliances when their budget is tight.

Luckily, MaxSold holds auctions for restaurants going out of business. Find everything you need from used restaurant appliances to dishware and décor at a reduced price.

Advantage of Buying Used Appliances for Your Restaurant

Startup costs for a new restaurant can skyrocket. When you buy used equipment, you can save money on each item.

In some situations, you might be able to purchase a whole kitchen from a restaurant that is going out of business. This will let you supply your entire kitchen with grills, ovens, stoves, refrigeration, and more.

Tips for Buying Used Appliances

Consider How Much the Appliance Has Been Used

Take into account the lifespan of the appliance and how long that product has been used. If the used product is reaching the end of its lifespan, you may want to consider buying a new product.

Stick with Trusted Brands

Buying high-quality products used will make it more likely that the appliances will last for years to come. Some premium brands include Garland, Blodgett, Vulcan, and Delfield.

Compare the Price to New Items

Shop around and compare the prices of items. If a used item costs more than 50 percent of a new item, you may want to consider buying the item new.

Consider the Previous Owner

Equipment previously owned by a school or church will have been used less that appliances from a high-volume restaurant.

Make Sure You Can Replace Parts

Ensure that there is a local technician that can repair and replace parts of the appliance.

Situations to Buy New Appliances

Used equipment usually sells “as is” from individual sellers and auctions, without a warranty. New equipment can come with warranties ranging from a few months to several years. If your business is highly reliant on a certain item, consider buying it new. For instance, if you own a pizzeria, consider buying your brick oven new because it is vital to your business.

If you have a closed kitchen in your restaurant, having mismatching appliances is fine. But, if you plan on using an open kitchen that customers can see, you may want sparkling brand-new equipment.

Other Restaurant Items to Buy Used

Buying used appliances is not the only way you can save money on restaurant startup costs.

Here are some other items you should consider buying used:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Glassware
  • Mugs
  • Dishware
  • Tablecloths
  • Fabric napkins
  • Placemats
  • Baskets
  • Silverware
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Centerpiece vases
  • Artwork and other décor

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