Buying a used pressure washer is a good idea, only if it’s in a good condition.
Pressure washers are a great investment and cost some good amount of money. If you are planning for a top branded pressure washer then it’s going to be an expensive one.
This is when buying a used pressure washer going to save your money by a good margin.
For example, one brand new Generac 7019 Onewash will cost around $400. But a used one can save you more than $150. These prices are not exactly on the market.
All you have to do is avoid buying a pressure washer that is in terrible condition. To avoid getting screwed you need to check the condition of that pressure washer personally.
In most of the cases, gas pressure washers are listed for sale. This is because they are more durable than electric pressure washers.
Now, follow these steps before wasting your money.
1. Start Your Engine From Cold Start
A car engine struggles to start if it was put in idle condition for a long time. And an engine needs warmth to start smoothly.
The seller can run the engine to keep it warm in front of you before you reach there. So, the only way to find out an engine is good or not is to start with a cold start.
Engine, in good condition, will face no problem in cold start. This way the seller would have no chance to cheat on the engine.
2. Ask for the invoice of that pressure washer
This might sound odd. But just to be sure the washer is genuine I recommend to ask for this favor.
A valid invoice will assure you that the pressure washer is genuine. If you are lucky enough you can get a warranty if it’s on the invoice.
3. Check the manual and match with the washer’s nameplate
The owner must have the manual of that pressure washer. Ask for the manual and have a look at it.
Manual is important. Why?
A manual by manufacturer contains every little detail of that pressure washer. Makes it easy to identify the pressure washer.
A complete specification of a pressure washer is described on a manual. The specification is the exact one mentioned on the pressure washer’s nameplate.
There can be a nameplate on the pressure washer pump as well. The exact nameplate will assure you are getting the right one.
4. Check the Engine (Most Essential)
Until now, if everything looks good it’s time to check the engine. There are a few certain things that must be checked.
- You let the owner start the engine. Even if there is some hide & seek, it will be unveiled during the start. Be sure that there are some issues if the engine does not start in three pulls.
- Hear carefully to notice any kind of rattling sound. There should be smooth sound if the engine is in good condition.
- Let the engine run for about 30 seconds or a minute there should be invisible smoke. Black smoke means an injured engine.