Let’s face it. We all love saving money.
For this reason, buying used has become more and more popular over the years. But some used items could cost you more in repairs or even pose health risks if you’re not careful. Below are three items we suggest you think twice about before taking them home:
#1 Used Laptops
Used laptops are not always bad, but we recommend you research what you’re getting.
First, it’s important you match the laptop with its purpose. If you’re wanting to use your used computer for editing movies, photos, and music, a laptop with 2GB of ram and 1GHz of processor speed isn’t going to cut it.
Another thing to keep in mind is laptop batteries tend to weaken around the three year mark. If the used laptop catching your eye is at least three years old, that’s another expense to factor in to the price.
Lastly, make sure you get all of the proper documentation and software that came with your device when it was purchased new. This will come in handy in the case that you must reinstall programs on your computer. Also make sure any warranties are transferred in your name.
#2 Used Tires
New tires can be really expensive, which makes buying used a lot more appealing. Although there’s no real way to measure how unsafe it is to buy used tires, it’s often recommended by tire professionals to buy new.
The problem with used tires is you don’t know how it was used by the previous owner. Maintenance plays a huge role in the lifespan of a tire, and the previous owner could have overloaded or underinflated the tire.
Many places offer specials on a new set of tires, so shop around for the best deal. It may cost a little more now, but it could save you a lot of headache down the road.
#3 Used Bedding
Getting more for your money isn't always a good thing. Buying used bedding poses large risks because of the possibility of infesting your home with bed bugs. Things like mattresses, pillows, and even sheets are items to avoid buying used.
Outside of bed bugs, used bedding can also bring other unwelcome guests like mites, mold, and bacteria.