Buying a Reconditioned Through Floor Lift

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Buying a reconditioned through floor lift can be daunting. Who is selling the lift? What am I getting?
Hopefully this guide will help you buy the correct lift.
  • Resist the temptation to buy a cheap lift and try to install or get it installed yourself.
  • Ask the seller if the lift is reconditioned or just cleaned and resold. Rails, internal panels and floor should be replaced as a standard if the lift is reconditioned as these are high wear parts.
  • Do not buy from just anyone who offers you a lift. These lifts are quite complex to install correctly and the mid-floor must be strengthened to take the load of the lift.
  • Ask if they are manufacturer trained and then check with the manufacturer of the lift you intend to buy to see if the person selling the lift is trained to install it
  • Buy late year models only. Buying second hand lifts lifts which are no longer in production may be quite a risk as the parts may not be readily available.
  • Ensure that the company who are installing the lift were the ones who removed it originally if it has not been refurbished by the manufacturer.
  • Check that the size of lift you are buying is suitable for your needs.
  • Ensure that the builder carrying out the building work for the lift is familiar with the requirements for forming an aperture for a through floor lift. The company installing the lift should always involve building control to ensure the work being carried out complies to building regulations. Never let a builder cut a hole for a lift without it being inspected by building control.
  • Get everything in writing.
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