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3 Things You Should Know BEFORE Buying a Secondhand Nordic Track Elliptical
Thinking of buying a used Nordictrack elliptical?
It’s understandable. After all, you can get some great prices when you buy second hand. And everyone wants to save money these days. So it makes sense, right?
But hold on. There are a few things you should know before you buy.
Most people don’t know these things (and the seller certainly isn’t going to tell you).
And this can end up costing you – or giving you a miserable experience (or both).
Here’s what you should know when browsing for any used elliptical:
#1 You have ZERO warranty protection
No company – including Nordictrack – will honor the warranty on a second buyer.
So it doesn’t matter if the seller tells you that the trainer is only a year old and still under warranty. Once you buy it, the warranty is null and void.
The seller could get it fixed under the warranty protection – buy you couldn’t (even if you have the original sales receipt).
So if the trainer breaks the moment you get it home – you’ve just lost all your money.
Or you’ll have to pay more (usually much more) to have the machine repaired. In that case, you may end up spending MORE than if you bought brand new in the first place.
#2 You Don’t Know Where It’s Been
I’m aware that there can be some inappropriate jokes made right here. But let’s skip over that – and let me explain.
You have no idea why the seller is selling.
They may tell you it’s because they’re moving or they don’t use it anymore.
But it could also be that they spilled soda on the console and now it doesn’t work all the time.
Or maybe their kid got their toys stuck in the track. The wheels got warped and now come off the track on a regular basis.
You don’t know.
So again – you’re taking a risk that the machine won’t work very well (or not at all) after it’s been used for 1 – 4 years by someone else.
That’s a much bigger risk than buying a brand new model.
#3 Older Models Have Outdated Designs and Electronics
While many elliptical manufacturers bring out new models every 1 or 2 years – Nordictrack is ferocious about doing this and introducing upgraded, improved machines.
Over the past 3 years alone, they’ve added new adjustable footpedals for a more comfortable workout, brought in Bluetooth speakers and even added iFit – with LIVE fitness classes.
So when you buy an older model, you’re really not getting the best value for your money.
You’re missing out on the latest, most comfortable designs and electronics.
And that will affect the quality of your workout.
If you really don’t care about those things, this may not be as important to you.
But a lot of people end up caring later. For example, I still get people emailing me asking how they can add iFit to their trainer- when they bought a 7 year old Nordictrack used elliptical.
I have to tell them sorry – you can’t get iFit on that model.
So those are just 3 things you need to know before you buy a used Nordictrack elliptical.
If you still decide to buy used, I would suggest you get as new a model as you can (like 1 or 2 years old).
And make sure you’re getting a STEAL of a price – because you’re taking a huge risk – so you should get some form of compensation like an equally large discount. Good luck!