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Is it better to buy a new or used Bobcat?

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Whether it's better to buy a used or a new Bobcat varies based on the buyer's needs and the condition of the used Bobcat. Used Bobcats are significantly less expensive than new Bobcats, on average, but new Bobcats don't have any wear and typically last longer.

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Is it better to buy a new or used Bobcat?
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If the buyer only plans to use the Bobcat part-time, a used Bobcat in good condition is a better value choice than a new Bobcat. If the buyer plans to use the Bobcat heavily, such as on a construction site everyday, he should purchase a new Bobcat.

Logged hours measure how much the Bobcat has been used. As a machine is used, it becomes more likely to need repairs, maintenance and replacement parts, making logged hours a useful tool for predicting future issues. Full-time use is 5 or 6 hours per day, 5 days a week, while part-time use is anything less than that. While shopping for a used Bobcat, the buyer should look for a machine that has lower than average logged hours based on its age.

The type of work performed by the Bobcat also affect its condition. For example, light farm work usually causes less wear than work on a construction site. The buyer should get as much information as possible on a used Bobcat and look at its service records.

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