Every now and again, buying used or second hand items can result in better band for your buck – a used car with minimal kilometres or a used appliance that works as good as new are both great finds.
However, does the same benefit really apply when it comes to purchasing used gun safes?
At Askwith Safe Company, we’re passionate about helping our clients to find the best new and used gun safes, so we’ve pulled together some pros and cons of investing in both a brand new safe and a used gun safe.
New Gun Safes
There’s an almost childlike excitement that comes with buying brand new items for your home, and a new safe is no exception.
Pro: Newer, High-Tech Security Features
Generally speaking, the newer the item, the more up-to-date it is technologically. This might mean that the base model of the brand new item has better specifications and tech features than the equivalent older model.
If you’re into your tech features or don’t want to settle for older security methods – like the simple yet effective lock and key or combination lock – a new safe could be the answer for you.
Pro: Peace of Mind + Warranty
When you make a purchase a new gun safe direct from a store, you know exactly what you’re getting, as the safe shouldn’t have any known defaults.
With a brand new gun safe, you know that it hasn’t been tampered with or damaged in any way.
Newer safes are also more reliable, and you know that if anything did happen to your safe, you should be covered by warranty.
Newer safes may be more customisable, which might be suitable for your usage; you may choose to add on lockable compartments or drawers inside the safe for extra protection.
If you really wanted to go all out, you could also have it completely custom-made to your needs.
Con: Higher Costs
The first potential con of buying a brand new safe is the higher cost. A new safe will cost you more upfront and will likely cost you more in insurance premiums to have it insured.
Con: Value Depreciation
Just like the immediate depreciation of a vehicle as soon as it leaves the showroom, new gun safes also lose their value as soon as they leave the store.
In addition, gun safes don’t remain ‘new’ forever, so you need to be prepared that the new gun safe will become an ‘old’ gun safe in a few short years.
Used Gun Safes
At Askwith Safe Company, we sell a range of second hand safes, including used gun safes. Some of our clients prefer to purchase used gun safes for their home, so it’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of this
Pro: Lower Up-Front Costs
A major benefit of purchasing a used gun safe is that you will spend less money up front; you might be able to find a used gun safe that is a fairly recent model, but comes in at a considerably lower price because it’s ‘used’.
Pro: Lower Insurance Costs
The lower price tag and ‘used’ status on a pre-owned gun safe often results in lower insurance premiums and costs, saving you even more money!
This might sound a little odd – how can a used gun safe be reliable?
Customers often opt for a used gun safe because it’s effectively been tried and tested by someone prior to them. With the used safes we sell at Askwith Safe Company, we ensure they work correctly and meet our strict standards before we sell them onto you.
Con: Limited Warranty Returns Policy
Unlike a new safe, used gun safes don’t come with the same level of warranty or returns policy. This means that if you do experience any issues, you may need to pay for them out of pocket.
Con: Previous Issues and Alterations
Unless a considerable service or repair history has been kept by the previous owner of a gun safe, it can be difficult to know 100 per cent whether the safe has had notable issues or alterations made to it.
When purchasing a used safe, this information is key because it helps to identify whether the safe operates as per its original manufacturer’s specifications or if it has had any features added on or taken away.
Choose Askwith Safe Company for Used Gun Safes
Buying a new or used gun safe can be a great investment, but it is important to understand the difference between both new and used versions before you start your search.
At Askwith Safe Company, we have a wide range of high quality safes for all your needs, including new and used gun safes.
Don’t trust anyone else with the safety of your valuables – contact our team at Askwith Safe Company today to browse our range of safes Perth or find out more information.