Pre-owned ultrasounds and used cars are quite different

ultrasoundYears ago you had just two choices for most purchases – new or used. Then someone decided that used cars didn’t sound as good as certified pre-owned cars, and since then the terms have moved over to other industries, including pre-owned ultrasound systems. Of course pre-owned is just a different way to say used, but there really should be no stigma attached to used ultrasound machines or pre-owned ultrasound machines. After all, buying an ultrasound system is a lot different than buying a used car. For one, you don’t have to worry about a pre-owned ultrasound machine having been in a wreck where it caught on fire and then plunged into a lake before being towed out, fixed up a little and resold. If you get a pre-owned ultrasound system from a reputable dealer, then you can be assured that is has been refurbished and inspected to meet or exceed the original manufacturer’s specifications.

Although the technology of ultrasound machines seems to advance every year with new models from companies like GE, Toshiba, HP, Philips and Siemens, the difference between a brand new machine and pre-owned ultrasound equipment from a few years before is really pretty small. For just about any ultrasound application, a pre-owned system is going to perform just as well as a new one, but at a fraction of the price. You can also save money by purchasing ultrasound parts, supplies, printers, probes and traducers that are used or pre-owned. Buying an ultrasound machine pre-owned is also a great way to try out a system before making the plunge and buying one or more new systems. And because pre-owned ultrasound machines hold their value so well, you can get years of use out of one and then resell it down the road when it comes time to expand your business and upgrade your equipment.

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