Buying fitness equipment is an important investment. We are consumers ourselves and we understand that everyone wants the best machine for the best price. If you’re going to commit your money and goals to a certain piece of equipment, we want it to be one that will last you for years to come.
Here are some tips to help avoid buyer’s remorse when making your big purchase.
1. Don’t just think of the price tag now, but consider future costs.
Buying quality is always a better deal in the long run than buying a cheaper, low-grade piece of equipment. That well-priced machine from a big box store may seem like a good idea now, but it probably won’t hold up well after years of use. Box stores don’t offer the support and maintenance that specialty stores can offer.
2. Where to start when selecting a machine? Your local health club.
It can be daunting to try to figure out what brand you should buy. Start by visiting your local gym and see what brands are used there, then research those names. Commercial gyms buy quality equipment that can withstand heavy, continual use. If those treadmills can handle the constant pounding of users all day, they can hold up to your daily training.
3. Be realistic with your budget.
If you’re planning on purchasing a walking treadmill and you want a quality piece of equipment, you will likely need to spend $1,000 to $1,200 minimum. If you want a solid running treadmill, your budget should be at least $1,500 to $2,000. By spending a little bit more upfront, you will be buying a machine with a better warranty and support built-in, and you will have to do fewer repairs and maintenance down the road.
4. Get a great warranty and don’t be fooled by false promises.
Most quality machines come with a standard ten-year motor warranty, five-year minimum on all parts and electronics and at least one year of labor guaranteed. Don’t be duped by the promise of a “lifetime warranty.” This often means seven years from when a company stops making that product.
5. Buy from a dealer who supports your goals.
Around this time of year, we get a lot of calls from people who bought through a big-box store during the holiday season and are now regretting their decision. Parts are breaking already, they can’t reach customer service and now they’re frustrated. A broken treadmill can mean a New Year’s resolution abandoned. We don’t want that for you. Buy from someone who will give you on-going support, for both your machines and your goals.
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