When the time comes to purchase new commercial food equipment, you may find yourself grappling with a few major decisions. Restaurant owners must consider which items are essential to the function of their kitchen and who are the most reliable manufacturers. In addition to these factors, you may also be trying to determine whether buying new or used equipment is in your best interests. In today’s post, we’ll review a few of the many benefits there are to buying new industrial kitchen appliances and equipment, as well as how you can go about purchasing these items.
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New or Used Kitchen Equipment?
Whether you are beginning to price out industrial food service equipment for a new restaurant or you are upgrading your existing equipment, one of the first things that you will notice is that you have the option of purchasing new equipment or buying it used. For some, the lower price tag on reconditioned items like prep tables, grills, and ovens can be very attractive. For others, only the latest commercial kitchen innovations will do. So, how do you decide which is best for your kitchen? The answer is not always black and white, and the best solution for your restaurant will depend on a couple of different things, such as:
- Your budget
- Customer volume
- Type of cuisine
- Maintenance abilities
These are only a few of the factors you should consider when you are trying to decide on whether to purchase new or used commercial food equipment. If your budget allows and your establishment serves a very high volume of customers, the reliability of new equipment may be beneficial. However, if you are just starting out in the restaurant industry and your funding is limited, high-quality reconditioned equipment may suit your needs just fine.
Benefits of New Commercial Food Equipment
If you determine that new equipment is the way to go for your restaurant’s kitchen, you are sure to discover several advantages of new equipment has over used equipment. Some of the benefits include the inherent ones that come with new items, warranties, and potential time and money savings. Read on to learn more!
Known Usage History
When you purchase new commercial food equipment, you’ll never have to wonder about its past life before it was delivered to your kitchen. Excluding professionally reconditioned equipment, some used kitchen equipment may have endured years of heavy use or had several different owners. With an unknown track record, it is hard to say how frequently the equipment was cleaned and maintained. Since you new commercial kitchen equipment is unlikely to experience any type of malfunction or failure out of the box, this may be one of the biggest advantages of buying new equipment.
In addition to it’s known history, new equipment frequently comes with a warranty that ensures prompt repair or replacement should it experience failure or breakdown. Warranties can vary in length and you may find some manufacturers who offer a lifetime assurance when it comes to parts, service, and labor. Commonly, manufacturers will offer a one-year warranty that covers things like parts, labor, and travel time, and it is likely that repairs and maintenance will be completed by a factory-trained representative. While used or reconditioned equipment may come with some type of warranty, it is unlikely to be for as long of a time period or as inclusive as that of new equipment.
Save Time and Money
Many business owners shy away from new industrial kitchen equipment because of the price tag. However, it is important to realize that, although there is an investment up front, you may actually end up saving yourself both time and money down the road. Used commercial food equipment from an unreliable source can be unpredictable, and if there is a minimal or nonexistent warranty, you may be hard-pressed to find a qualified repair technician that is willing to take on the job should something break down. Even worse, you could find yourself having to replace the item sooner than necessary had you bought new equipment, resulting in costly downtime and additional equipment expenses.
New and Reconditioned Commercial Food Equipment
If you are ready to purchase new or reconditioned commercial food equipment, Taylor Freezer of Michigan, Inc. is here for you. We are a licensed distributor for several of the industry’s top vendors, including Beverage-Air®, Broaster®, and Master-Bilt®. Visit one of our three showrooms today to learn more, or give us a call. We look forward to speaking with you!