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Concerns about Forklift Parts Selection
If you are in the market for a forklift part, ensuring you purchase the correct one is important in guaranteeing the productivity of your business. All mechanical equipment eventually needs repair and you will quickly realize the importance of each forklift part when one of them becomes damaged. One of the best ways to ensure the smooth functioning of your forklift is to regularly maintain, check, and replace worn out forklift parts.
Today, we will highlight important tips you will need to consider when purchasing forklift parts. We will also explore the different benefits of new and used parts, which you can use as a reference when choosing between the two.
Compatibility: Most importantly, when you are purchasing a forklift part you must make sure that the part is compatible with the make and model of your forklift. It is vital that you know the serial number and the make and model of your forklift so you are able to use it as a reference when dealing with your supplier. This will ensure you buy the correct part the first time.
Research: Do not assume there is only one option and rush into purchasing the first compatible part that you come across. There are often benefits to purchasing genuine parts over aftermarket parts, from quality to warranty and support. Cheapest does not always mean best, neither does expensive. It is important that you gather as much information as you can about the part you are considering purchasing. Ask the suppliers for their advice and knowledge.
Delivery Time & Freight: Check if the forklift part is available at the time of your enquiry or what lead time it would be for your part to arrive. Also, are there any freight charges? If you can, choose the forklift supplier who can provide you with your required part as soon as possible so you do not waste any time and run the risk of losing customers. If you are required to wait for the part to be delivered, ask for the delivery dates so you are aware of the length of time your forklift will be out of action.
Avoid Using Older Spare Parts: If you are looking at buying used forklift parts, try to avoid buying used parts that are over seven years old. Although you will be saving money initially, they are cheaper than other used parts for a reason. They will break easier than more expensive parts and will therefore be costly in the long run.
Cost: Make sure you are provided with a quote on how much your part is going to cost in order to avoid overspending.
Check the fine print: Before committing to the part, check the fine print. Make sure the forklift parts have passed all certifications and testing. It is also advisable to check if the part has a warranty and how long it lasts for.
Used Parts: If you are open to purchasing used parts, professional dealers are usually the best to go through. They employ trained staff to clean the parts, inspect them and categorize them properly. Many companies also have an established inventory of used forklift parts for emergency situations when new ones are not immediately available. Ask how long the part was previously used, make sure the dealer is reliable and you have paid for something that is functional.