Local ad listings, such as those found on Craigslist, have many listings for cheap washing machines (and other appliances) available secondhand. Generally, these transactions are handled in cash, and the buyer and seller make an agreement about pickup or delivery of the unit.
Experts suggest purchasing a top-loading washing machine for those in the secondhand market. The top-loading variety tends to need less maintenance, and when it does, it is the least expensive to fix because the design is functional and simple. Front-loading washing machines cost more secondhand and can cost up to five times as much to repair. Over time, while top-loading washing machines use more water, they also finish the job as much as three times faster than a front-loading washer.