The expense of automotive tools can drill through your wallet quickly. Whether you are looking to buy for an automotive shop or your home garage, spend less and get more by going with reconditioned automotive tools.
What are reconditioned automotive tools? These are tools that have been returned to the manufacturer for repair.
Sometimes a tool may have a defect, or in some cases the user may have damaged the tool and returned it. The manufacturer repairs the tool and then resells it as a “reconditioned” tool at a substantial discount, often as much as 30-60% off the typical retail price. These reconditioned tools, sometimes labeled as “refurbished tools,” often include a factory warranty.
So where can you find these reconditioned automotive tools? Sometimes the retail stores themselves will stock them. The retail store may send a tool back to the manufacturer, and if the manufacturer inspects it or makes a repair, the reconditioned tool may be returned to the retail store. The store will clearly mark the tool as reconditioned or refurbished and should include a warranty. Be sure to check for a warranty on a reconditioned tool. And if you don’t see one, ask. Typically, the warranties on reconditioned automotive tools won’t match the warranty on new tools, but will still provide you with enough coverage to ensure you get to try and test the reconditioned tool.
Another good source for reconditioned tools can be online sellers. There are numerous online sites selling tools, and many sell not only new tools, but reconditioned tools. If you shop smart, you can often get free shipping if you spend a required minimum on tools, and in many cases you do not have to pay sales tax. Do a search for “reconditioned automotive tools” and enjoy shopping and comparing prices for refurbished tools from the comfort of a desk chair, and save a lot of money too!
Besides reconditioned tools, you may want to also look at used automotive tools. You can find individuals selling tools in the newspaper ads, at estate and garage sales, at “going out of business” sales, and online auction sites such as eBay. Just remember that while you may enjoy substantial savings, these used automotive tools will not carry any kind of warranty. So inspect them in person if you can, or in the case of online auctions, be careful who you buy from.
The economy is difficult today, but we still need the right tools to get the job done, whether it’s working on our own cars or building up the automotive tool inventory in a business. Whether you are looking for a hydraulic jack, a torque wrench, or even a grease gun, take some time to look for reconditioned automotive tools first and enjoy top-notch tools at a bargain price with the security of a manufacturer’s warranty. In today’s tough economy, that only makes sense.