There are a number of important things to remember when you’re buying a secondhand forklift.

Just like a secondhand car, it’s important to do your homework to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. A secondhand forklift represents a significant investment for your business, so make sure you know what you’re looking for when buying a secondhand forklift.

Here are a few things you should be considering:


Have a trained mechanic inspect your prospective secondhand forklift. A thorough inspection includes the bodywork, engine and cab. Check for signs of wear and tear beneath the mere cosmetic elements.


Make sure the truck has a full service history and all its paperwork. Also check to make sure that the engine number is correct and not scratched off. Gaps in history or missing paperwork should always be queried. Finally, check the warranty.


Ensure that the controls are smooth and responsive. Check the mast for signs of external damage such as rewelding. Before you arrive to inspect the forklift, check the lifting height and make sure it can reach it’s advertised heights.


Just like a used car, make sure you check the engine of a secondhand forklift. Check for leaks and make sure the engine performance is satisfactory for you needs.


Make sure you’re buying from a reputable forklift dealer. Check out online reviews and do your research before committing to buy. If you buy from a disreputable dealer, you may be exposing yourself to risk.

Tyre Condition

Tyres are very important when you consider that most forklifts don’t have suspension. Check to make sure the tyres have plenty of tread, so you know you won’t have to replace them after five minutes. The state of the tyres can also give you an insight into the overall quality of the truck. Worn tyres are usually a sign of hard work in difficult terrain.

Test Drive

A test drive will highlight all the points mentioned above. With a test drive you’ll get a feel for the quality and performance of the forklift. Make sure you test a variety of manoeuvres, lifts and operations so that every aspect of the truck is put through its paces.

Forgetting any of these factors could be the difference between getting a dream forklift, or a forklift nightmare.

Hawthorne FTS have supplied businesses and the forklift dealers around the globe with quality used forklift trucks and plant machinery for over thirty five years. Our team can assist you with your next used forklift purchase.

Contact us today for details of our latest new arrivals. We are sure to have a truck to suit your application.

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