It's no secret that veterinary equipment can be pricey, but you can save significantly if you purchase used veterinary equipment instead of buying it brand new. Many veterinarians don't realize that this is an option, but there are plenty of places both online and locally where you can find used veterinary supplies, including everything from ultrasound machines to surgical equipment, to suit your needs.
Before you purchase a used piece of veterinary equipment, however, there are a few questions you should ask.
Why is the Equipment Being Sold?
Start by finding out why the particular piece of equipment is being sold in the first place. For example, perhaps a veterinary practice is going out of business and looking to liquidate all of its equipment. If so, this could signify that you stand to get a great deal on the equipment and supplies. On the other hand, if a veterinary practice is selling the equipment because they decided to upgrade, you might be buying a slightly outdated piece of equipment, but could still get a great deal so long as it's in good working order.
Is it Still Under Any Warranty?
Depending on how old the equipment is and the type of veterinary equipment you're buying, you may want to ask whether it is still under any type of warranty from the manufacturer. If so, you may be able to have the warranty transferred to you, thus giving you added peace of mind with your purchase. Some more expensive type of veterinary equipment, such as X-ray components, are often under at least some type of warranty for several years.
How Will the Equipment Be Shipped?
If you're not able to pick up the equipment locally, then you'll want to make sure that it will be shipped properly and carefully so as to avoid damage in-transit. This is especially important for more delicate machinery and breakable supplies. Be sure to get as much information on how the equipment will be packaged and shipped, and don't hesitate to ask for the seller to purchase some kind of insurance through the postal carrier so that you can be reimbursed in the event that anything shows up damaged.
Buying used veterinary equipment and supplies is a great way to save money on the essentials that you need at your practice. By taking the time to ask these questions before you buy, you can make smart decisions.