Used second-hand washing machines can be purchased online from auction sites such as eBay or from classifieds sites such as Craigslist. Business review sites such as Yelp are also useful for locating local independent used appliance resellers and determining the quality of the washing machines they sell.
When shopping for a used washing machine, it is important for the buyer to examine the unit properly before making a purchase. Regardless of the brand, any machine that has been excessively used is susceptible to damage that can result in costly repairs further down the line. If one is looking at used washing machines on eBay, it may not be possible to examine the unit in person. Therefore, the buyer should contact the seller with any questions she has about its appearance or ability to function.
Many owners selling used washing machines on Craigslist are able to accommodate in-person visits to inspect the item, though the site plays no role in facilitating such meetings. The site does advise its users to exercise caution when meeting someone through the site, such as meeting in a public place and refraining from sharing any personal information. The site also warns against transferring money to a seller prior to receiving a product.