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What are some tips for finding a good used dishwasher?

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To find a good used dishwasher, buyers should search for reputable brands and look for sellers who are remodeling their kitchens. Buyers may also consider purchasing a scratch and dent appliance from online marketplaces such as eBay.

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Dishwashers from brands such as KitchenAid, Kenmore, Maytag, LG, Frigidaire and Samsung tend to perform better for longer periods than lesser-known brands, making them a wise choice for second-hand buyers. Buyers should find out exactly why the seller is getting rid of the dishwasher before making a purchase. If the seller is simply remodeling the kitchen or switching out white appliances for stainless steel ones after several years, the dishwasher is likely in good condition. When possible, buyers should examine the dishwasher in person or look at photos to search for signs of corrosion or mismatched color panels, which often indicate a major repair. Buyers should also check to see if the dishwasher is still under its original warranty to save on potential repairs.

A scratch and dent appliance is a new or like-new appliance that cannot be sold as new due to aesthetic defects such as dents. It generally costs more than a used appliance, but buyers get more years of use from it and have fewer costly repairs. The average dishwasher lasts 10 years, and anything beyond this age is a risky buy.

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