If you thought you could never buy a high quality elliptical trainer, there is good news for you. There are many people who cannot afford a brand new elliptical trainer, and so, an array of fitness equipment manufacturers have come up with remanufactured, refurbished and used models of elliptical trainers to serve these people.
If these terms confuse you, read on to find out the difference between the three models. You would then find it easier to decide on which one to pick up for yourself.
Who Buys Used Elliptical Trainers
Health clubs are probably the most frequent buyers of refurbished and remanufactured fitness equipment, whether they are elliptical trainers or treadmills. And why not – after all, these are refurbished models of an advanced level of equipment.
If you are out to buy some high end equipment and find the $3k price tag a bit too high for your pocket, you could save big by purchasing its refurbished or remanufactured version. To give you an idea, if you buy a refurbished version of a $3000 elliptical trainer, you could easily get it at a cheap $2,000 or even less.
To give you an idea, if you buy a refurbished version of a $3000 elliptical trainer, you could easily get it at a cheap $2,000 or even less.
It is important to keep in mind that the words “refurbished”, “remanufactured” and “used” are NOT synonyms; rather, they mean different things. Unless you know how to differentiate between the three models, you might end up getting a raw deal. At the end of the day, you would need to do as much research for a refurbished treadmill as you would before buying a brand new model; after all, you won’t want to invest in a crap equipment that barely lasts a few months.
Unless you know how to differentiate between the three models, you might end up getting a raw deal.
At the end of the day, you would need to do as much research for a refurbished treadmill as you would before buying a brand new model; after all, you won’t want to invest in a crap equipment that barely lasts a few months.
Remanufactured Elliptical Trainers
When an elliptical trainer becomes more than two years old, it is usually taken back to its original manufacturer for repair and maintenance.
Once there, it is “remanufactured” or rebuilt by adding new spare parts, coating and other stuff, thereby making it as good as a brand new machine.
In my opinion, if you are going to buy a second-hand elliptical trainer, purchasing a remanufactured equipment would probably be your best bet, because they are being rebuilt by the original equipment manufacturer instead of private individuals.
Do note that remanufactured fitness equipment usually come with a very short warranty period. Be sure to check the warranty details about the elliptical trainer you are going to invest in.
Refurbished Elliptical Trainers
Unlike remanufactured ellipticals which are almost always rebuilt by the original manufactured and then offered for sale at a deep discount.
Refurbished ellipticals can either be rebuilt by the manufacturing company or individual fitness equipment dealers.
As such, the process of maintenance is not as rigorous and thorough as the remanufactured models. Overall, this is the second best choice you have in the area of used elliptical trainers.
On the plus side, if the equipment is rebuilt by a fitness equipment dealer, it would usually come with a longer warranty than the equipment remanufactured by the manufacturing company.
Used Elliptical Trainers
Just in case you don’t know, half of those who buy fitness equipment never actually use them, and eventually sell them after a few years. There is another group of people who sell a fitness equipment that has become old and useless.
More often than not, you won’t get any warranty with a used elliptical trainer, meaning that if you get stuck with post-purchase problems, you would be basically on your own with no one to indemnify you.
This is probably the riskiest transaction for a customer and you should consider this option only as a last resort.