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Second-hand fridge buying guide

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Written by Domestic & General

When it comes to choosing any fridge – be it brand new or second-hand – many of the things to consider stay the same. After all, a fridge is a straight-forward appliance so you’re just looking to make sure it’s fit for purpose.

However, there are some extra questions you should ask specifically when choosing to freecycle – that is reusing and recycling white goods (like a second-hand fridge) simply because you won’t have the same manufacturer’s guarantees or warranties.

Questions to ask before getting a used fridge

Have a list of questions ready to ask the seller about the used fridge that you’re interested in bringing home. Asking the right questions will help you quickly determine if it’s right for you.

Ask why they’re selling it

The answer to this question will reveal a lot. If they are simply moving to a place that comes with new white goods or are redesigning their home and have chosen to get a new one, you can expect the fridge to still be in good working order.

However, if they’re getting rid of it after having issues, you might need to dig deeper into whether it’s worth taking a risk.

Ask if they’ve had repairs or needed fixes

If they have had issues with their fridge, you should try to determine how thorough the fixes were, whether they used a registered mechanic or repair service and if the problems persisted.

Ask if they’re the original owner

Similar to a one-owner car, a one-owner second-hand fridge is preferable in that the original owner can tell you all about its history. The other benefit is, if someone owned the fridge for a while, it stands to reason that they’ve demonstrated its durability.

Ask if they’re the original owner

Similar to a one-owner car, a one-owner second-hand fridge is preferable in that the original owner can tell you all about its history. The other benefit is, if someone owned the fridge for a while, it stands to reason that they’ve demonstrated its durability.

Ask if it has all its original parts – or where any replacements came from

Make sure everything is included such as shelves, containers, and door handles, or research whether you can easily replace them.

Research the brand and model

Once you’ve asked the top-line questions and have an understanding of the condition of the fridge, you should take a deeper look at the brand name and the model.

Through trade publications, online reviews and other research, you can find out what others are saying about the manufacturer, how durable their fridges have been, any potential warning signs or recurring problems and even its energy efficiency.

Measure the fridge and your space first

Unlike buying new, you’re likely unable to return a second-hand fridge if your eye wasn’t quite accurate when it came to sizing up the space.

Get your new-old fridge protected

If you’ve done the research and gone ahead with getting a second-hand fridge, the next step is checking to see if you can get cover.

Domestic and General make it easy to find out if you can protect your white goods online.