Owning a restaurant is a dream shared by many people in the world. You get to be your own boss, you have the freedom to make your dreams come true, and if executed well enough, a restaurant can be a very lucrative business that lasts for generations.
However, simply jumping into that business can be pretty overwhelming, as you are the big decision maker now, meaning that everything that happens within that restaurant falls to you. What food is served, which clientele you will be catering to, and what equipment is used.
While those first two rely heavily on your area and tastes, the latter is something that every restaurateur will have to deal with somewhat similarly. A big decision is whether or not to buy new restaurant equipment or used equipment instead. Luckily, this little guide will walk through five big reasons to buy new restaurant equipment.
Sure, used equipment is cheaper and easier to find in some cases, but it has quite a few major downsides that you should be aware of. For example, some of these older pieces of equipment may be obsolete, meaning that replacement parts may be difficult to find and even much more expensive in some cases. Plus, there’s a pretty fair chance that used equipment will require more maintenance than that of a brand new product.
Speaking of maintenance, every machine is capable of breaking down at some point, even the new ones. The difference, however, between new and used is that a brand new product will typically come with a nice warranty. This means that if your equipment is to have an unfortunate defect or issue, the company from which you bought it will fix it for free. The length of these warranties can vary in a pretty significant way, but there is little chance that a used piece of equipment will even come with a warranty. Once you buy it, it’s all on you to fix it.
There are a few factors that will determine a piece of equipment’s performance, such as brand and age. Typically, newer appliances will work better, as they are still pristine and have yet to fall to the harsh working conditions of a successful restaurant. It stands to reason that used equipment will be a bit older than any of the newer products. Naturally, you would only want the very best you can get for your new restaurant, right?
Buying used restaurant equipment is a bit like buying used furniture or clothing. You never know exactly who was using it before it made it’s way to you. While you usually will have nothing to fear from used equipment, especially if you thoroughly inspect the equipment before buying.
However, there is always that slight chance you will purchase a piece of equipment that may be carrying an infestation of pests or germs. The worst possible thing for a new restaurant to suffer is a disgusting infestation in the kitchen. This won’t be an issue with brand new equipment.
When in the market for used equipment, you’re pretty much stuck with what’s on offer. You either make do with what is available, or you buy new. Luckily, when buying new, you get access to a variety of different features for your equipment that will adhere to your restaurants specific needs. Of course, that will usually depend upon what food you will be serving, how much business you are expecting to get, and the overall experience of your cooks.