When you visit your local hardware store in search of a specific tool, don’t be surprised if you’re knocked off your feet by the price. Even the most basic of tools can set you back more money than you want to spend.
Fortunately, you have other options. In addition to buying online, which is a great way to compare prices with the hope of saving money, you can also search at local estate sales and flea markets for that perfect tool.
Here are nine tools that you should always consider buying used:
· Electric drill
· Lawn mower
· Hedge clippers
· Circular saw
· Impact driver
· Oscillating multi-tool
· String trimmer
· Stud finder
The primary benefit of buying used is the ability to save money. For example, a lawnmower that costs $300 new may set you back $150 or less on the secondary market.
Sure, used tools have some wear and tear, but that doesn’t mean they have less to offer. When shopping for used tools answer these questions:
· What is the overall condition?
· Are all the parts there?
· What’s the price as compared to new?
· Is it the type of tool that will continue to provide service, despite the fact that it’s a bit beat up?
If you find yourself shopping for one or more of these tools, don’t pay the new price just yet. You may be able to get what you want at a more affordable price at a local estate sale.