Buying a pressure washer

Am interested in a pressure washer on eBay but seller said it has not been used for over 3 yrs and cannot test whether it is still working as he has no outdoor tap or garden, Shall I walk away just in case it does work and I will be out of pocket? Thanks

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  • soolinsoolin Forumite, Ambassador
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    ahfat41 said:
    Am interested in a pressure washer on eBay but seller said it has not been used for over 3 yrs and cannot test whether it is still working as he has no outdoor tap or garden, Shall I walk away just in case it does work and I will be out of pocket? Thanks
    I'd walk away but I am over cautious and to me 'untested' means probably not working.

    It does depend on how it is listed though, if it is listed for parts spares and Not working or no guarantee of working then you would probably struggle with an SNAD and it could go either way depending on the exact wording.

    If however it is sold in the main pressure washer category and just with 'untested' then you should be OK with an SNAD if it arrives and doesn't work.
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    BelenusBelenus Forumite
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    edited 18 March at 12:50PM
    ahfat41 said:
    Am interested in a pressure washer on eBay but seller said it has not been used for over 3 yrs and cannot test whether it is still working as he has no outdoor tap or garden, Shall I walk away just in case it does work and I will be out of pocket? Thanks
    Walk away.

    Why does he have a pressure washer that he cannot use as he has no outside tap? Perhaps he moved into that house 3 years ago.

    How has it been stored? If it was not emptied of water and has been stored for three winters in an outside shed, its innards may be wrecked if that water froze and expanded.

    You do not want the hassle of potentially having to return a bulky item.

    There are plenty of other pressure washers available.
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    Belenus said:

    You do not want the hassle of potentially having to return a bulky item.

    Happened to me with an air conditioner a few years back. Never again. I managed to find a courier to return it, but it was left with the seller's neighbour so I was lucky Paypal refunded.

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    Unless it's a local pickup and you can also locally return - I'd not touch it.

    If a pressure washer has been left out in freezing conditions, there's a chance it could have internal damage that you won't see on a physical inspection.

    Basic pressure washers are not too over the top in price these days.

    What budget did you set yourself - and what were you expecting for it?
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     I say walk away too! I damaged my own pressure washer by not draining it properly and leaving it to freeze over Winter in the garage. Not something to chance buying on line, chances are it wont work.
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    Hi, another vote for walk away. You will probably end up out of pocket, yes.

    Seems a bit strange that the seller had a pressure washer but nowhere to attach it so held onto it for three years or more. . . 

    That item really is the sort of thing I'd expect to see on Freegle or Freecycle, not on eBay, for sale. 

    But then again, when I first started buying from eBay, people were buying all kinds of things, including (to my amazement) empty perfume bottles. I thought I'd give it a bash but my two Chanel No. 5 bottles never sold. I did feel guilty that I was attempting to rip people off, even though they were only £1 each plus postage. Looking back I'm glad that they didn't sell.

    There was the time that someone sold a slice of toast with Jesus' face on it, though, wasn't there? Or did I just dream that?
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  • Buster_DanogBuster_Danog Forumite
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    MalMonroe said:
    There was the time that someone sold a slice of toast with Jesus' face on it, though, wasn't there? Or did I just dream that?
    When you have a dream like that you have been blessed by the Holy Toast.

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