At Bell’s Appliance Service, we install, repair, and maintain your household appliances in and around Jacksonville and Greenville, North Carolina. You can expect professional and reliable maintenance work from our trained and experienced crew members every time. We’re a locally owned, family-operated business and we’re excited to help with all your household appliance needs.

We have used appliance sales! You heard that right – all your wildest dreams have come true. For folks who are used to buying brand new appliances every time one of theirs breaks, usually the first question they ask is, “is it okay to buy used?” And the short answer is yes! Here’s the long answer:

You need a new washing machine and you see a posting for a used one on an online community forum. It’s in your price range and the current owner says it works well. Should you buy it? Or maybe you just started meal planning and could use a chest freezer for food storage. Does the freezer need to be new or would a used one suffice?

Regardless of which appliances you’re looking to buy, you may be wondering if a used version could be affordable, reliable, and energy-efficient. We checked with the experts to see which appliances are OK to buy used—and in which cases you should always get something new.

New vs. Used Appliances

  •  Appliances that “don’t often need maintenance” may be safe to buy used, says the team at Angie’s List in their “When to Buy Used Appliances” story. But if you’re in the market for built-in refrigerators and/or gas cooktops, go new.
  •  With a used appliance, you may be able to negotiate a good price —but then you may have to arrange your own delivery. Get a full list of “The Pros and Cons of Buying Used Appliances” over on Kitchn.
  •  In “Don’t Be Afraid to Buy Used Appliances,” blogger Laura Coppinger of Heavenly Homemakers shares her positive experience tracking down and buying a used washing machine.

Where to Buy Used Appliances

  •  How Stuff Works lists out “5 Appliances You Should Consider Buying Used” focusing mainly on how to research and where to buy used. (Insider tip: Floor models and scratch-and-dent deals can help you snag high-quality appliances at a steal!)
  •  Buying used appliances won’t just save you money—it keeps good appliances out of the landfill, too. The team at Remodelista shares eight reputable sources to find great used appliances.
  •  Kimberly Marney with The Penny Hoarder bought three used appliances for just $700. Read how she did it on “How to Buy Used Appliances: 3 Smart Strategies.”

As you research potential new or used appliances, remember to take each offering on a case-by-case basis. A used dishwasher from a neighborhood appliance store could be as good as new while a Craigslist find may be a bit more questionable. Use your good judgment and ask the seller lots of questions to know for sure whether the used appliance is dependable or a lemon. Hopefully, you’ll find a quality appliance that will suit both your home and budget.