Buying new appliances can be great. Opening the box for the first time and enjoying a whiff of that “new fridge smell” can be extremely gratifying. However, if you’re on a tight budget, buying used can help you save thousands in costs, and you probably won't notice any differences between new and used. Not All Used Appliances Are “Used” When you drive a new car off of the lot, it’s instantly considered “used.” The same goes for appliances. Many used appliances are actually showroom models at big-box stores with almost no signs of wear or hours of use. Once taken out of the box, they technically fall into the “used” category and are priced accordingly. Utilize this knowledge and visit your local appliance store and see what showroom models they.