Would you pay $100 for a used Maytag Neptune washer
I've agreed to purchase a used Maytag Neptune washer from a "mom and pop" used
appliance company for a very low price. Problem is is that I haven't seen it
yet. I asked the seller if it works. He said it did. Asked if it had any
moldy or musty smell to it. Said it didn't. Mentioned that the top plastic
door had been broken and previous owner was unhappy about that. Didn't get
into details of where it's from, why it was replaced, etc. The price is so
low that I wonder if it's stolen. But, then I don't think appliances like
washers get ripped off too often.
They're supposed to deliver it Monday (today is Thursday). I may be able to
have a look at it tomorrow. When I inspect the machine, what should I do?
I'm thinking I'll write down the serial and model number and call Maytag to
inquire about it's repair history. I'll also sniff around for the mold
problem. I've seen new ones and have been shown how they added extra holes to
help the drainage around the front seal, so I'll look to see if it's been
Being able to see it do a complete wash cycle may not be possible. But, if
they'll give me some kind of assurance or guarantee I might still go for it.
When I said cheap, I didn't mention that it was only $116 delivered. That's
what they sell all their washers for as far as I know.
I had an opportunity to buy a brand new Neptune for $500 plus an optional $99
five year service plan but passed based on all the problems reported around
the net. Apparently that machine didn't work the first day. Repair was
reportedly a loose wire, but the customer had already received a replacement.
I'm not looking for 20 years of service out of this unit. Two to five would be
fine. At that time I'll invest in a good matching washer and dryer setup. So,
for $100 I figure this one is worth a shot. If it takes another $100 or so in
parts that's probably OK. My only concern is that there might be problem after
problem or that I might end up with a flooded house.
I'm pretty handy and tech savvy and willing to mess around with some repairs.
Plus I have a very reasonable appliance tech to fall back on.