Why buy a second-hand AGA cooker when you can buy new for just a little more?
AGA cookers are designed to last for many years, decades in fact, and they are often handed down from one generation to another. This is one of the reasons why AGA heat storage cookers represent such good value for money, they will literally last a life time if they are properly looked after. It is because of this longevity and the superior craftsmanship that goes in to creating each AGA cooker that some people consider buying a used AGA instead of a new one.
However, buying a used, refurbished AGA or reconditioned AGA is full of pitfalls. For example, the product you are buying may already be well over 30 years old and made up of bits from different AGA cookers. Many also started life to run on one fuel type eg. oil but have been converted by someone along the way to work on a completely different fuel. Its rather like buying a 30 year old diesel car that started life as a petrol model. Few reconditioners use original AGA parts in their refurbished products and only one company, AGA Twyford, can offer genuine AGA enamel and original authorised AGA parts on the products they supply.
An AGA cooker must be perfectly calibrated to work properly and a poorly built AGA will not run efficiently or deliver the right cooking temperatures. Take our word for it, we get calls every week from disappointed customers who were trying to save a few hundred pounds only to regret not buying a new one and unfortunately there is little we can do to help other than sympathise at that stage.
Second hand AGA dealers also usually advertise their products at prices which exclude delivery and installation which will add around €500 to the overall cost. With a new AGA the prices we quote includes a home survey, delivery and installation by our own experienced engineers.
Buying a new AGA cooker means you get exactly the product you want purpose built just for you. We offer a wide range of products starting at prices which are little more that 15% more than you would typically pay for the equivalent second hand model which could already be 40 years old or more. We think this is a relatively small price to pay for a fully guaranteed brand new AGA which comes with the peace of mind of our 5 year guarantee.
Why take the risk in buying a renovated AGA cooker when a brand new AGA could be yours for just a few hundred Euro more?
Ask These questions before you choose renovated
What guarantee do you get?
Will the cooker be assembled in your home or does it come ready assembled?
AGA cookers are designed to be built up on site, if they are moved fully assembled then the ovens may move out of alignment and the heat conduction through to the ovens and hotplates will be inefficient.
Also the insulation may not be up to specification as there may be a loss through leakage or settlement. Loss of insulation means that the AGA cooker will be hotter to the touch and more heat will be emitted into the kitchen.
Are the installers fully AGA trained?
What cooking accessories / equipment, if any, are supplied with the cooker?
What is the finish? Is it painted or vitreous enamelled?
All new AGA cookers have a high gloss vitreous enamel finish, which takes up to three days to complete. This is hygienic, durable and easy to clean.
Has the cooker been converted to burn a different fuel?
If converted, does the cooker have automatic thermostatic control?
Have parts been replaced or just cleaned up and painted?
Have genuine AGA parts been used to replace worn parts?
Has the AGA got the appropriate mandatory approval?
Would you buy a car with no service history? If no, then why buy a refurbished AGA cooker with no knowledge of its history?
Does the dealer service AGA cookers?
What choice of models is there?
Are the gas engineers CORGI registered?
Does it contain asbestos products?
There may also be hidden charges:
Is there a charge for delivery?
Do you deliver into the kitchen?
Is there a charge for assembly?
Is there an extra charge for different colours?
If you would like to discuss with one of our staff please call AGA on (01) 663 6166.