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Forklift Buying Guide

Material Handling Best Practices, Tips, Information and More from Toyota

Buying a forklift is not a small investment and it shouldn’t be treated as such. There are lots of questions to be asked and lots of research to do. Use the list below as a guide to help organize your next forklift purchasing process:

  • Man Driving a ForkliftConsider how you’re going to use the forklift. Being able to answer a few key questions will help quickly narrow down your search:

    • Do you need to stack?

    • Will you use your forklift primarily indoors or outdoors?

    • How much weight is your typical load?



  • Think about renting before buying. You wouldn’t purchase a car without a test drive, so you shouldn’t purchase a forklift without a test either. Request a demo or a short-term rental to test the forklift in your facility.

  • Be loyal. When you’re buying a fleet of forklifts, it’s good to stick with one brand so your operators can move seamlessly from forklift-to-forklift and maintenance is through a single source.

  • Pay attention to lifetime cost of your forklift. Make sure you’re choosing a forklift you can afford over its lifetime. Only paying attention to the upfront cost can be a big mistake.

  • Only buy what you really need. You’ll find that you can get a lot of extra accessories for your forklift. Make sure you get what you need, but don’t make something more complicated than it has to be.

  • Decide if buying new, renting or leasing is better for you. Buying brand new isn’t your only option and sometimes, it isn’t the best one. Consider all your options and decide which one is best for you.


For more information, or to learn more about finding a forklift that is right for you, contact your local Toyota forklift dealer.

Request A Quote or for pricing, parts & more, click here to find a dealer near you.

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