Purchasing scratch and dent/repaired appliances from Lowes?

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Gil Lieblich

Real Estate Investor from North Brunswick, New Jersey

Feb 11 '13, 02:44 PM

I was searching for appliances for a foreclosure property i bought and i was speaking to another investor who said he goes to the lowes and depot and every week looking for good deals and keeps back up items as he owns many properties and constantly needs to replace things.
So I made some calls and contacted the store manager at a local lowes as they seem to have the largest supplies and asked them to find me scratch and dents/ repaired or discontinued appliances. They found me most at a substantial discount and in the end I got a fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, washer dryer for under $2000. (even stainless steel dishwasher and front load washer dryers)
Is there any reason i should not do this for future rentals?

Bill Gulley

Real Estate Investor from Springfield, Missouri

Feb 11 '13, 03:28 PM
1 vote

Nope, especially if they are dented on the sides and they fit between cabinets!

Jenkins Ramon Donor

Real Estate Investor from Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Feb 11 '13, 03:40 PM

Sometime you can find some good deals via
discount / clearance room

Make sure locate the defects before purchasing
Some can be very minor or major

Try also getting a few more bucks off of your purchases
or my favorite free delivery

I personally check here locally:
Home depot
American television
Sear’s - main distribution center –

Most likely they will not offer deferred payments option, fyi

Gil Lieblich

Real Estate Investor from North Brunswick, New Jersey

Feb 12 '13, 06:59 AM

i was able to get from lowes a few dollars off from the a couple of teh scratch and dents... then an additional 10% then an additional 5% and delivery... So i guess it was a good deal and i will keep a good relationship with this manager.

James H.

SFR Investor from Texas

Feb 12 '13, 07:03 AM

I have bought all my appliances scratch and dent. I have bought them from appliance stores rather than big name stores, but I would not discriminate. Usually the blemishes are not very noticeable. Often times they still come with a warranty.

Christopher Boggs

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Feb 12 '13, 10:06 AM

I found a wholesale company that will sell me a 53 ft semi load of LG appliances, scratch / dent / returns (doesn't fit or buyers remorse) The load will cost 20% to 25% of the retail price. The load includes washers, dryers, fridges, ranges, Over-The-Range microwaves, and dishwashers. I have a warehouse to store them in.

I am currently only doing 2 flips, but I plan to start more next month as soon as these are done. I would definitely have to unload some of the fridges though because there are twice as many fridges as there are everything else.

Do you guys think this is worth pursuing?

Christopher Boggs

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Feb 12 '13, 10:09 AM

Brian Hoyt - What percentage of retail do you usually pay for your scratch and dents? Do the higher end appliances tend to have a larger discount? Do you have any experience with LG appliances?

James H.

SFR Investor from Texas

Feb 12 '13, 10:23 AM

@Christopher Boggs,

I don't recall off hand what percent - somewhere around 70%. I have some LG front load washer and dryier machines and they have worked well for the past 4+ years.

I thimk my gas stove is LG also.

Chris K.

Baltimore, Maryland

Feb 12 '13, 11:28 AM

I buy all mine from the mom and pop scratch and dent places. Not sure what type of property you're renting But I can easily score a decent fridge and oven for $350 total.

Gil Lieblich

Real Estate Investor from North Brunswick, New Jersey

Feb 12 '13, 11:36 AM

It appeared to me that i purchased the scratch and dents/repaired stuff for about 70% off give or take. I bought a new stove just because they didnt have any scratch and dents and i was constrained by time.

William Bannister

Commercial Landlord from Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Feb 12 '13, 11:38 AM

At a scale of buying a set of appliances for a house say 5 units= stove frig,washer,dryer,dishwasher save at least 1k buying used scratch and dent. I have a few places I go in this town to get them cheaper.
Doing a rehab on a 12 unit building or a larger project imagine the savings.
Chris Boggs you have a good idea getting the semi load and maybe you network with a few investors several miles away or you just hustle em out of one of your garages or shop areas. You make a few bucks off a craigslist add and just explain appliances cheap will be there Saturday morning 9 to noon or ect. If I bought a truck load I would just sit on them and use them up on rehabs as I bought houses.
As it is I never touch appliances let others move this stuff saves your back.

Rob K

Real Estate Investor from Michigan

Feb 12 '13, 11:46 AM

As far as LG appliances go, I know two appliance repairmen and two appliance salesman that work at differnt stores. They all say the same thing - DON'T BUY ANY APPLIANCES MADE BY LG. They have said that the parts are very expensive. I have also heard that the front load washers made by LG are a nightmare. (I have also heard the same thing about Samsung appliances).

As far as TV's, the appliance salesmen have said that LG and Samsung make good TV's. I purchased a Samsung smart TV and it has been good so far.

On the last flip I did, I was torn with buying the over the range microwave. The LG was $10 cheaper than the other brand. I can't remember if it was GE or Whirlpool. I wasn't going to buy the LG, but the salesman reminded me that it's a flip, so I should save the $. If it was going in my own house, I would've never bought an LG.

Christopher Boggs

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Feb 12 '13, 11:58 AM

Brian Hoyt - Are you saying you usually pay $700 for a $1000 fridge or $300 for a $1000 fridge?

Do you usually put new washer and dryers in your flips?

James H.

SFR Investor from Texas

Feb 12 '13, 12:11 PM


I'm saying 700 in lieu of 1000. I only have one rental. For that I bought a used Fridge and stove from individuals from CL. The fridge works fine but the stove has a burner out. Luckily the tenants don't care. Both fridge and the stove are basic model domestic stuff. I did not put in a washer and dryer. There was an old pair that I took out, but did not replace. I don't do flips for resale, just rental.

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