Posted on: 22 April 2020
If you're buying new appliances to update your kitchen or laundry, look in the scratch and dent section of the appliance store so you can save a lot of money. You may be thinking you don't want a refrigerator with a big dent in front, but often the damage is hard to notice or is in the back or side of the appliance. Here are some tips for buying scratch and dent appliances.
Be Patient Or Be Flexible
Many appliance stores have a scratch and dent section, but as you can imagine, the stock is limited since most of their appliances are in good shape. You may find a store near you that carries only scratch and dent appliances, and then you'll have more choices. Still, if you have a particular model or finish you prefer, you may need to be patient until you find the appliances you want. If you're in a hurry, then you may need to be flexible with your choices.
Decide What Damage You Can Live With
You may not care as much about a big dent on the front of a washer since it's in the laundry room and out of sight, but noticeable damage on a refrigerator may be a different matter. Some damage can be hidden when you slide the appliance in the cut out of your cabinet area.
When the damage is on the front, consider if you can live with it. Chances are, guests won't even notice the damage, but if it bothers you, you may never be truly happy with your appliance even if you can save a lot of money on the purchase. This is where patience pays off. You may need to keep looking until you find the perfect unit to buy, but one thing to consider is that the worse the damage is, the more money you'll save.
Look For A Warranty
Scratch and dent appliances should still be in good shape operationally. It's only the exterior of the refrigerator or washer that is damaged. Since the appliances are brand new, they should still have a warranty. Be sure to check the terms of the warranty so you have peace of mind about buying an appliance that might have had rough treatment.
Ask About The Installation Policy
A scratch and dent appliance is sold at significant savings. Because of that, you may not get the same perks as you would if you paid the full retail price. The store may not provide installation or haul away your old appliances. Find out if you can pay extra for installation if you're not able to do the work yourself, or factor the cost of hiring a contractor into the final cost of your new appliances.