Laptops are the most convenient way to stay connected and productive while away from the office. If you already have a desktop computer, buying a laptop may seem like an unnecessary expense. But used laptop computers can provide convenience and connectivity without the high cost of a new model. The keys to buying used laptop computers that will serve you well are:
1. Consider the warranty and services provided with your used laptop purchase.
2. Decide which features you need in a laptop computer.
3. Calculate how much you have budgeted for your laptop.
Figure out if a used laptop is right for youConsider what purpose your laptop will serve before you start shopping around.
Avoid buying a laptop lemonCheap used laptops can save you money, but not if you end up with a lemon. If you choose to buy from an individual on Craigslist or eBay and something goes wrong with the laptop, you generally have no recourse.
Shop for used laptops that have good warranty and service plansShopping for used laptop computers doesn’t have to be “buyer beware.” But if you shop around, you can find a warranty and technical support that provides peace of mind with your used laptop purchase.
Buy use laptops direct from the manufacturerBuying from a reputable manufacturer can give you confidence in the used laptop you’re buying. Many manufacturers resell used laptops that have been returned by customers or have been refurbished due to warranty service. Computer manufacturers usually refurbish computers back to original condition so they can be very reliable.
- Make sure you shop for a used laptop that has the same operating system as your desktop computer for the best connectivity results.
- Used laptops don’t mean out-of-date laptops. Look for what you would buy on the manufacturer’s website if you were buying it new, and then shop for that same computer that has been refurbished. You’ll often save at least 30 percent by buying the refurbished version.
- Some websites rate their scratch-and-dent computers. Ask specific questions about the rating system before you buy. The ratings vary from company to company.
- When you purchase your used laptop, ask what extended coverage is available. Sometimes you must purchase additional coverage at the time of purchase.
- If you purchase a refurbished laptop directly from the manufacturer, you may be able to finance it just as you would a new laptop. Ask what financing options are available when ordering.