Second Hand Generators: Signs You Shouldn’t Buy

Has your building’s old generator finally kicked the bucket? If you’ve found yourself in the market for a replacement generator, second-hand generators are an affordable and convenient option worth considering. Providing all the benefits of a new generator at a fraction of the price, used generators can increase your operational efficiency and provide a reliable backup energy source in case of emergencies.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Second Hand Generators?

Although there can sometimes be a stigma around purchasing used equipment, many second-hand generators are just as reliable as new generators. However, before you buy, be sure to evaluate your needs and do your research. By following our step-by-step guide to buying a used generator, we can guarantee that you’ll purchase a second-hand generator that meets all of your business needs.

If you’ve never purchased a used generator before, be alert for any of these warning signs:


There’s an old saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. While that idea is good in theory, it’s not always the case for second-hand generators. A generator’s appearance can be a sign of how the equipment was treated by the previous owner(s). Any equipment that appears to be nonfunctional, dented, or missing important elements should certainly make you cautious. Most likely, if the generator was not cared for properly, it won’t function properly either.

High hours

Many companies rely on generators as a backup energy source, which generally means that they’re used infrequently at most. When you’re searching for a second-hand generator, the lower the usage, the more likely the equipment will operate almost as good as new. Used generators with a high number of hours logged on them are likely to have gone through more wear and tear which can lead to more maintenance issues in the long run. While it’s not necessarily a deal breaker, it’s probably not worth your time or money.


The main benefit of purchasing a second-hand generator is that it should be significantly less expensive than a new generator. If the equipment you’re considering costs just as much as a brand new piece, don’t bother.

We know that shopping for second-hand generators can be tricky, especially if you’re not familiar with the equipment. That’s why we offer our services to companies that want to add value to their business without burning a hole in their wallet. If you’re in the market for a used generator and notice any of these warning signs, just say no and give us a call instead. We guarantee we’ll find you a reliable second-hand generator at a fraction of the price you would spend elsewhere.

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