Whether you’re looking to buy a paint booth for the first or fifth time, considering all your options is a must. Many businesses consider used equipment before splurging on buying new; however, that may not be right for your operations. It’s essential to understand the pros and cons of new vs. used paint booths to make an informed decision.
While new paint booths may come with a high price tag, their pros significantly outweigh their cons. New paint booths are equipped with the latest technology for energy and operational efficiency. They are also incredibly reliable, as a new booth has its full life expectancy ahead of it and has more readily available parts for maintenance, repairs, or upgrades. Some states even have rebate programs for purchasing new paint booth technology.
Used paint booths are often less expensive, making them an attractive option to businesses, especially first-time buyers. While decent used equipment is possible to find, you’re more likely to find ones incomplete or damaged. Used booths also often come with a long list of worries. For example, it may be more challenging to obtain accurate construction prints and permits for used equipment. Replacement parts may also be hard to come by if the booth is of old age; this can significantly affect its performance, as a part of their life expectancy will be gone by the time it enters your shop.
To decide if a new or used paint booth is suitable for your shop, consider your budget, use, and goals first.
Whether you choose a new or used booth, you’ll have construction, permit, installation, and maintenance fees. While a used booth may have a low upfront cost, it usually ends up costing the same amount or more than new booths. This is because they typically require some time and money before they’re able to be used. A new booth can actually cost less than a used booth because many options come with a warranty and energy-efficient features.
Pro-tip: Accudraft’s energy-efficient paint booths are equipped with an economy mode, which slows the booth down when it’s not in use to save up to 40% on utilities.
How big of a role does a paint booth have in your business? This is the question to ask yourself when deciding between a new and used booth. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, a used paint booth may be the better option for you. For shops that use a booth all day long, a new paint booth will provide the reliability and efficiency needed to keep up with jobs.
What are you looking to achieve from purchasing a paint booth? Some common operation goals include improving cycle time to complete more jobs per day and decreasing any potential downtime. Keep in mind that used equipment may be more problematic over time.
Accudraft is a leading paint booth manufacturer that offers many different standard packages to fit our client’s needs. From small auto body shops to large industrial refinishing facilities, our booths consistently produce quality paint jobs focusing on energy efficiency. If cost is your biggest concern, we offer promotional deals and discounts on our products.
Contact an Accudraft representative today to discuss your operational needs and budget.