There is some debate in the chiropractic world about buying new vs. used digital x-ray machines. Some professionals believe that buying a new x-ray machine is the best option because it will come with a warranty and all of the latest features. Others argue that buying a used x-ray machine is just as good, if not better, because it is usually cheaper and can still get the job done.
Ultimately, the decision of whether to buy new or used comes down to a Chiropractor's individual needs and preferences. Those who are looking for the best possible image quality and the latest technology may opt for a new x-ray machine, while those who are on a budget may be better off buying a used x-ray machine. Whatever the decision, it is important to do some research.
Many chiropractors will search for used digital x-ray systems as a way to minimize upfront costs. For some, this can be a great cost saving exercise and work out in their favor. However, others end up having buyer’s remorse. In this post, we'll look at some things to consider before deciding whether to buy a new or used digital x-ray machine.
Questions to ask when purchasing used x-ray machines
Making big purchase decisions can be difficult, especially when it comes to something as expensive as a digital x-ray machine. One factor you'll need to consider is whether you want to buy a new or used x-ray machine. Used machines can be found at a lower price point than newer models, so if you're on a stringent budget, buying used might be an option for you.
However, there are some risks associated with buying used x-ray equipment, such as not knowing the machine's full history and not having access to the same warranties and service plans that come with buying new.
If you want to buy a used x-ray machine for your chiropractic x-ray room, there are a few things that you are going to want to check before making a purchase.
What is the cost to de-install, move and re-install the used x-ray machine?
The cost to de-install, move and re-install the used x-ray machine will vary depending on the machine and where it is being moved. While the cost of buying a new digital x-ray machine is higher, it will also include the cost of shipping and handling, as well as the cost of installation.
Was the x-ray machine in operation or has it been sitting in storage?
If you are unable to have proof that the system works before purchase, there is a chance you will have to invest more money to make it operational. Also, x-ray systems that sit for a while tend to have more problems. They are better when used on a regular basis.
Are all parts of the x-ray machine there?
We have had many customers purchase a used digital x-ray machine to find that a rail or part is missing and in some cases, this ends up making the machine unusable if the parts are no longer available.
What does the warranty cover?
Ask your vendor about the terms and conditions in case something doesn’t work or goes wrong. It's also important to consider the ongoing maintenance cost vs. buying a new system that comes with a warranty. Most new systems will come with a 5 year warranty which is highly valuable.
What’s the lifetime cost of the x-ray machine?
When considering the cost savings buying a used x-ray machine can offer, you also want to calculate the total cost of ownership over 10-20 years. If you buy a system that will need a ton of maintenance you could easily end up spending more on a used system than on a new digital x-ray system.
What upgrades does it need?
If you can find a used x-ray machine that is under 15 years old and can show proof that it works, it could be a great find. However, we advise to pair even a perfectly used x-ray machine with a new DR panel as technology has evolved over the years, and it is not a piece that you want to purchase as used.
When it comes to investing in a new x-ray system, you want to be confident that you're working with a company that has your best interests at heart.
We can help you determine the best digital x-ray system for your needs and budget. If you are looking to purchase used x-ray equipment, we can help to evaluate the equipment, and give you an estimated value and our honest opinion on if it is a good purchase.
If you have any questions, contact us today.