It may take a little time and effort to find the proper resting place for your old outdoor power equipment … but it can be done. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) suggests five avenues for responsibly disposing of unwanted outdoor power equipment: donating the equipment to a charitable organization, reselling it, using it as a trade-in on a new model, taking it to a scrap yard, or where possible, calling your trash collector to haul it away.
When deciding how to dispose of old equipment, there are two primary factors you must consider. First, the condition of the machine: is it in good working order, does it just need a few minor repairs, or is it totally useless? Second, your primary motivation for disposing of the equipment: will you be thankful to just get the machine out of your garage, or is it important to sell the equipment?
If your machine is in fairly good working condition, but you’re ready to replace it, consider donating the old equipment to a charitable group. There are many churches and non-profit organizations that will gladly accept older machinery and put it to good use. In fact, many non-profits are willing to make minor repairs and recondition older machines. Local Salvation Army and Goodwill stores will often accept outdoor power equipment if it is in usable condition. Be sure to call to see if your donation may be tax-deductible.
Reselling your equipment is another possibility. Here are some options: 1) Place a classified ad in your local newspaper. Millions of Americans read the classified sections of newspapers in search of the ultimate bargain. Many of these readers may be willing to recondition or repair an older machine to save a few extra pennies. What’s more, a classified ad is relatively inexpensive to place – and it often generates a good response. 2) Sell the machine at a neighborhood garage sale.
Like used cars, old outdoor power equipment can be used as a bargaining chip when negotiating the best deal for your new dream model. While discount department stores and mass retailers may not take old equipment as a trade-in, dealers and retailers who specialize in outdoor power equipment are often willing to accept trade-ins. (Although it is the exception rather than the rule, some retailers and dealers will accept old outdoor equipment without a trade-in.)
Look in the Yellow Pages under “outdoor power equipment dealers/retailers,” “lawnmowers,” “tractors,” or “garden centers.” If you’re having trouble locating a local dealer, the OPEI suggests contacting the North American Equipment Dealer’s Association (NAEDA) at 314/821-7220 and they will provide you with the name of a local NAEDA-member dealer who can best assist you.
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