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By: Frazer on February 28, 2023

Purchasing a Used Frazer in the Used Vehicle Market

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Frazer’s have a reputation for being reliable and easy to maintain, and many people find that purchasing a used Frazer vehicle can be a great way to get a high-quality vehicle at a lower cost. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of purchasing a used Frazer, the factors you should consider when making your purchase, and some tips to help you have the Frazer experience you deserve.

Benefits of Purchasing a Used Frazer Vehicle – The Upside! 

There are several benefits to purchasing a used Frazer vehicle instead of a new one. First, the cost savings can be significant. A used vehicle will typically be significantly less expensive than a new one, even if it is only a few years old. Second, a used vehicle will also depreciate more slowly than a new one, so you will retain more of your investment if you decide to sell it in the future. Finally, in the current market, timing is everything and when a used vehicle becomes available, it’s typically ready for near-immediate delivery. You may be able to find a Frazer vehicle that fits your needs and budget quicker than designing and building new one.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Used Frazer Vehicle

To buy or not to buy 🤔

When purchasing a used Frazer vehicle, it’s important to consider several factors to ensure that you make a smart purchase. 

Firstly, you should obtain a comprehensive vehicle history report to see if the vehicle has been in any accidents or has had any major repairs. You may want to consider using Carfax or AutoCheck reports to learn more about the vehicle’s history.

Additionally, you should conduct an in-person inspection of the vehicle to make sure there are no signs of excessive wear and tear or damage that may not have shown up on a report. It’s a good idea to have a mechanic inspect the vehicle to identify any potential problems that you might have missed.  Be sure to check all systems such as:

  • Emergency lights and siren
  • Chassis and module air conditioning and heater
  • Primary power systems such as Onan generator or MEPS under-hood power system
  • Suspension components such as LiquidSpring
  • Cot retention systems
  • Compartment door latching and locking
  • Tires
  • Breaking systems 
  • Battery age and condition 
  • Interior cabinet door operation 

Maintenance and repair records should also be examined to ensure that the vehicle has been properly cared for. Most original owners keep comprehensive maintenance records and would be willing to share these if you say the magic words. Fun Fact: The original owner and Frazer build date(s) can be identified on the inside door panel of our exterior electrical compartment on the driver’s side. 

Lastly, an often overlooked step is ensuring that the vehicle meets local and state design requirements. Design criteria such as KKK-1822-F (commonly referred to as Triple K), CAAS GVS v3.0, and NFPA 1917 are common standards that certain states may require a unit to be built to. You can find current NEW vehicle requirements on this helpful NASEMSO website. Also, standards have changed over time so when the vehicle was originally ordered and built there may have been a different standard in place at the time, or there may not have been a standard at all. If a Frazer was built to a certain standard, that placard/sticker would be on the inside door panel of the driver’s side forward compartment where the main oxygen bottle is typically stored. If you don’t see a placard, that indicates the unit was likely not designed to a specific standard. Have questions, have no fear, the Frazer Service Team is here…seriously, you can email [email protected] and we can help answer any questions related to that specific vehicle. 

Ok, ok, so let’s pretend you didn’t read the previous paragraph. You’ve now likely spent tens of thousands of dollars, you have a unit in your parking lot staring back at you ready to make calls and you’re asking yourself why you didn’t read this awesome blog over oatmeal last week. Well, lesson learned, you will read every Frazer blog moving forward. But seriously, we are here to help. Our Houston service team is on standby waiting to discuss what it will take to make that unit complaint, how quickly we can get this burden off your mind, and lastly how many more bags of cash it will take for you to say “tough lesson learned”.

Tips for a Successful Transaction – Smooth Like Butter

To ensure a successful transaction when purchasing a used Frazer vehicle, it’s important to set a budget and stick to it, but don’t stick too much. As mentioned above, plan ahead but be prepared to spend a little on a few “fixer-upper” repairs that are often inevitable with custom-used vehicles. You should also research the market value of the vehicle to make sure that you are paying a fair price. 

Before finalizing the purchase, arrange for a test drive to make sure that the vehicle is comfortable and handles well and just feels right. 

Considering financing this vehicle? Frazer has preferred funding partners which can be found here.

Where to Find a Used Frazer Vehicle – Like Easter eggs, only more expensive!

There are several options for finding a used Frazer vehicle, including private sellers such as ETA or Ambulance Depot, online or social media marketplaces, and auctions. Oh, and you can reach Frazer directly at [email protected] and we may have a used unit available too. Sometimes Google searching “used Frazers near me” may be the search you need.

Conclusion – It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!

Purchasing a used Frazer vehicle can be a great way to get a high-quality vehicle at a lower cost. When making your purchase, it’s important to consider the vehicle’s build history and standards certification, overall condition, and maintenance records. By following these tips and doing your research, you can ensure that you make a smart purchase and end up with a vehicle that you love.

Additional Resources

For more information on purchasing a used Frazer vehicle, you may want to check out these websites:

NASEMSO: https://nasemso.org/projects/project-archive/safeambulances/

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