If you are planning on purchasing a second hand Lazy Boy recliner, or even an “as is” or clearance item from an authorized Lazy Boy dealer, your purchase will not carry the Limited Lifetime Warranty available from Lazy Boy. You may or not be able to purchase replacement parts for your recliner if it is a discontinued model. However, you may still find a good deal even if you take these issues into consideration.
Since the recliner has several moving parts, you would be strongly advised to try it out first before you buy. Buying a recliner over the Internet or sight unseen can be risky. Remember that your recliner could also be damaged in shipping and you will want to take special care that it arrives at your home in the same condition as you tested it out.
When you test out a used lazy boy recliner you may find the reclining mechanism too stiff or too loose. This is something that might be very easily adjusted even though it might have an impact on the price that the seller is asking. If you can, you may want to try adjusting the tension to see if this is a simple fix or something more seriously wrong with the reclining mechanism.
Several companies sell slipcovers for Lazy Boy recliners and small problems with the upholstery may be easily fixed by purchasing a new slipcover. If the recliner you are considering purchasing already has a slipcover, be sure to remove it to see if the original upholstery is in good condition. Check with your local reupholsterers to see if they can reupholster your recliner at a reasonable price. A used lazy boy recliner with a good frame and reclining mechanism may still be a bargain if you can get it reupholstered.
The backs on most lazy boy recliners can be removed for shipping purchases. The clips that hold the back in place may not be properly engaged on the recliner you are considering purchasing. Again this could be an easy fix if the seller is selling because they think the back is broken on their recliner.
Naturally you should beware of any recliner that shows signs of abuse or abnormal use, excessive soiling or improper cleaning or maintenance. If the recliner has been well cared for and you continue to maintain it then you may find a bargain out there that still has several years of use left.