During the time you have your copier lease there is a chance that your copier may have been discontinued. This does not have to be a bad thing, but you should know what it means. Many leasing companies will try to use this information to scare you, but if you understand the implications then you can make a choice that works for you.
Using a discontinued copier is usually not a problem. What salespeople may tell you is that you are putting yourself at risk. Your copier will now be harder to fix and parts may not be around as available. However, there is something that they are not telling you.
It is required, by law, that copier leasing companies have to keep parts from copiers that they discontinued available for at least 5 years after they discontinue that machine. This ensures that they aren’t able to simply bully you out a lease right away just because they want you to buy the newest machines. However, that does not mean that salespeople won’t still try and scare you into getting a new machine.
It’s important to remember that not every salesperson is against you. You may be dealing with someone who honestly wants to help. If your machine was already discontinued when you started the lease without your knowledge then you could have a problem.
Essentially, if you have less years left on your lease than the least company has on their obligation to hold parts then you should be fine. It’s just if you do cross past the 5-year time period. If that’s the case then you may encounter some difficulty down the road.
Using a discontinued copier doesn’t have to be a hassle. Just talk with your leasing company and find out when the copier was discontinued. From there it’s up to you to make the best decision for your business.