4 good reasons to buy a used appliance

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Whether you’re moving, renovating your kitchen or looking to replace an old household appliance that no longer works, you might be asking yourself: should I buy a used appliance? A relevant question considering today’s environmental issues.

1. Extend the lifespan of appliances

By extending the life of your appliances, you help reduce waste and the need to extract natural resources, thus contributing to a circular economy. By opting for a used household appliance, you help:

    • Reduce pollution caused by the production of new products
    • Reduce waste production and contribute to a sustainable ecological approach

The carbon footprint, or greenhouse gas emission (GHG), involved in producing a new household appliance is very high. This is true for every aspect of the process, including raw materials, supply, forming, and assembly/distribution.

The following is a breakdown of the carbon footprint for a refrigerator and air conditioner, according to the European source Impact CO2 (French only):

2. Save money

A new refrigerator is quite costly, so opting for a used one can be an excellent budget-friendly choice. This way, you are sure to find high-quality models at an affordable price. Plus, second-hand appliances are generally available immediately, as opposed to new models, which may require additional waiting time if not in stock.

Opting for a used cooling appliance found through a GoReuse partner or on a classified ads site such as Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji can save you money. We encourage you to use the GoReuse partner company finder to locate where to buy a used appliance near you that is also covered by warranty.

3. Choose from a wide selection of models

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Buying a used fridge also allows you to choose from a wide selection of models that are no longer available in stores. When you buy through the used household appliance market, you can find treasures such as vintage fridges that will give your interior décor a unique and stylish look.

The used market also gives you access to models with dimensions and features that might not be offered on today’s market, but that meet your specific needs.

4. Customize your used appliance

Buying a used fridge is a great way to get creative and give it a unique look that harmonizes with your home décor. There are several easy DIY options you can choose from to customize your appliance at little cost.

Here are a few ideas as inspiration:

    • Paint your used fridge
    • Change the handles
    • Use decorative decals
    • Turn it into a giant blackboard
    • Conceal the fridge behind panels

Thinking about starting a DIY project? Check out our article on 5 ways to give your old fridge a DIY makeover for inspiration, trips and tricks.

Where to buy used appliances in Quebec

Have you decided to buy your next cooling appliance second-hand? Several options are available to help you find the model that meets all your needs:

  1. Checking the working order of appliances
  2. Ensuring the appliance has not been recalled
  3. Having the qualifications required to carry out repairs, if they do so
  4. Offering legal warranties applicable to reused appliances.
  • Classified ads sites such as Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji

If you need to get rid of your old appliance that no longer works to make room for your new used one, remember to recycle it responsibly through one of our 300 GoRecycle drop-off points near you.


As you can see, there are many advantages to purchasing a used cooling appliance: saving money, protecting the environment, accessing a wide variety of models, and customizing it to your taste.

Ready, set, GoReuse!

About GoRecycle

GoRecycle is the only organization recognized by RECYC-QUÉBEC that ensures the responsible recycling of cooling appliances in Quebec. We recycle refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers, wine coolers, dehumidifiers and water coolers through over 300 drop-off points in Quebec, and over 100 banner pickup partners with the purchase of a new fridge. GoRecycle is a non-profit organization (NPO).