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10 Things to Think About When Buying a Used Computer

Do you want to purchase a computer for your home or business without breaking the bank?

Buying a used computer is a great option for you. You can save a significant amount of money by going with a used computer as opposed to a new one.

There are lots of used computers for sale out there. You can find them on websites like Craigslist or in computer shops in Northern Kentucky.

But before you buy one, there are a few things you should keep in mind. By carefully considering your purchase, you can avoid buying the wrong used computer.

Here are 10 things to think about when buying a used computer.

1. Is the Used Computer in Good Physical Condition?

Before you take a used computer for a test drive and see what it can do, carefully inspect the outside of it. Whether it’s a desktop or a laptop, it should be in good physical condition overall.

If it happens to have any dings or scratches on it, try to find out how they got there. Avoid buying a used computer if the previous owner admits to dropping it or damaging it in any way.

Ideally, the used computer should look good from the outside. You want a machine that has been well-maintained by the person who used it last.

2. Do All the Ports on the Used Computer Work?

In addition to checking out the exterior of a used computer carefully, you should also test out the various ports on it. There’s nothing worse than taking a used computer home and realizing the USB ports don’t work.

If you notice that the ports don’t work, reconsider purchasing the used computer. It could limit how often you’re able to use certain aspects of the machine.

3. Which Operating System Is Installed on the Used Computer?

This is a big question. You don’t want to buy a used computer that has an outdated operating system on it. It could end up costing you money to update it on your own.

Regardless of whether you’re purchasing a PC or a Mac, figure out which OS is installed on it. If it’s too old, either negotiate the price of the computer down or look for a different computer with a more recent OS on it.

4. Can the Used Computer Connect to the Internet?

In 2018, a computer that can’t connect to the internet is pretty much worthless. It’s also hard to find one that doesn’t have the capability of connecting to the web.

But it never hurts to ask if a used computer has any internet connectivity issues. You wouldn’t want to buy it if it does.

5. Has the Used Computer Ever Had Any Viruses or Malware on It?

This is another very important question. Viruses and malware can slow a computer down big time and make it almost impossible to use.

Ask the previous owner of a used computer if it’s ever had any viruses or malware on it. If it has, ask what was done to remove them from it. Don’t buy a computer that could potentially still have viruses or malware rummaging around on it.

6. Is the Used Computer Fast?

At some point, test out the used computer before buying it to see how it performs. Connect to the internet, open up a few applications, and try watching a few videos on YouTube.

The used computer should respond to your commands and move quickly from one thing to the next. If it lags or doesn’t respond accordingly when you tell it what to do, that could be a problem.

7. Does the Used Computer Need a New Battery or Battery Charger?

Batteries and battery chargers for used laptop computers aren’t always cheap. You could end up paying $100 or more to replace both if a used computer needs them.

As you’re testing out a used computer, see how quickly it burns through battery life. Then, check out how quickly the charger revives the battery. If either of the parts seems problematic, consider the cost to replace one or the other.

8. Is the Used Computer the Right Size?

When you’re inspecting a used computer, you might forget to think about the size of it. But size will obviously determine how comfortable a computer it is to carry and how easy it is to see when you’re using it.

If you’re looking at a laptop, pick it up and carry it for a few seconds. You don’t want something that’s too heavy.

If you’re looking at a desktop, think about where you’re going to put it and how it will fit on a tabletop or desk. You don’t want something that’ll take up too much space or be too heavy.

9. Will the Used Computer Come With a Warranty?

In a perfect world, you want the used computer you buy to come with a warranty. That will cover you in the event that it gives out on you within the first six months to a year.

Private sellers probably won’t be quick to provide you with any kind of warranty. But many shops will stand behind their products.

At the very least, inquire about a warranty and see what a seller might be willing to give to you.

10. Is Buying the Used Computer Actually Going to Save Money?

Last but not least, crunch the numbers to make sure you’re actually saving money by buying a used computer.

New computers aren’t anywhere near as expensive as they used to be. So if you’re only saving $100 or so by going with a used computer over a new one, a new one might end up being the better option.

Do your homework and see how much you’ll really save when buying a used computer.

Buying a Used Computer Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

Some people turn buying a used computer into a bigger deal than it has to be. As long as you’re willing to kick the tires on one and negotiate the right price, you can score a great deal on a preowned computer that’ll last you a few years.

Just steer clear of buying a used computer that’s too old or doesn’t look like it’s going to be around much longer. You could end up with an expensive paperweight if you purchase a used computer that has seen better days.

Read our blog for more tips on buying used computers.

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00:29 03 Jan 20
So far, it hasn't been that great. I took a laptop in almost 2 weeks ago and... haven't heard back from them. When I went in to drop it off, it was like they were getting ready to go out of business. The young guy who took my laptop said he would call me and hasn't yet. I know that we have had 2 weeks of holidays, but other businesses are open again. He made sure he got my $45 first though. I'm surprised by all of this, because I've gotten great service when the father was there. In this guy's response, he says that he can't get a hold of me. What he fails to mention is that he wrote my number down wrong and didn't check his caller ID from when I called last Monday or when I left a message the week before. I left a message last week and he never called me back then either. When he did finally found my number, he chewed me out for everything. He never confirmed anything about the computer, yet acts like he did. So my number is not out of service, but I will not be a customer of theirs more
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16:43 13 May 19
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Steven Noble
21:07 01 Apr 19
They did a great job fixing our laptops. We will be using them from now on.
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23:45 31 Mar 19
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15:36 20 Feb 19
This is a great place to have your computer or laptop repaired. They are fast,... honest and stand behind their work. I wouldn't go any place else. I recommend everyone to use this company. They give you pricing right up front. D. Hensleyread more
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03:30 25 Aug 18
Always had a great experience dealing with these guys. My computer is running... faster than it ever has after being repaired there. Would recommend them to more
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15:03 22 Aug 18
Community Computer Services provides a great services at affordable prices.... Over the past 5 years I have had to replace lap top hardware and treat viruses. Every time the knowledgeable team at Community Computer Services has provided fast diagnostics with a menu of solutions for me to choose from. I highly recommend keeping your technology out of a landfill and going strong with the support of Community Computer more
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01:20 22 Aug 18
I have received great service from these guys on more than one occasion. The... prices are excellent as well. They have taken very good care of me over the years. Thanks!read more
Daryl Mullins
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04:08 28 Jul 18
My computer quit working just as my wife was in the middle of using it for... Vacation Bible School last night. She was panicking. I began to look online and saw Community Computers near where I live. I checked the reviews and it had a great rating. I called this morning and explained my situation. I was told to bring my laptop in and he would see what he could do. When I took it in I also shared with him another issue I had been experiencing, my wireless connection was not working . He said he would really try to find out the issue so we would have it for Bible School. About 2 1/2 hours later he called to give the good news that the problem was just a bad cord. When picking it up he also told me he gave it a good checking over and tried to repair my non wireless connection for over an hour. He then told me instead of trying to go into the laptop to change a chip which could be costly, he sent me to Staples for a solution of a $30.00 wireless adapter. I was very impressed with my experience Community Computers. I would encourage anyone who has computer issues to check them out. You will not be disappointed. Also, the price I paid was very more
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