Thinking of buying a refurbished phone?  Seems like you are on the right track!        

Buying a refurbished phone is a GREAT idea…BUT BUT BUT, there are a few essential things that you must check before making that decision. This is necessary in order to make sure that you’re not fooled by the seller or have bagged the wrong device. In our last blog, we shared how a refurbished phone is a better choice than a new phone and in this, we are here to help you with the decision of buying a refurbished phone. So, to make things easier for you, we have mentioned 5 things to check before buying a refurbished phone. This will help you make a wise and rational choice.

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Here you go!

1. Pick a genuine seller

Always make sure that you’re buying a refurbished phone from a genuine seller. Look for authentic cover, ask for bills and all the related documents, examine these carefully and then, proceed to payment. If a seller is not willing or is hesitant to exhibit the documents, DO NOT buy from him.


It is always advisable to buy only those refurbished phones, which provides you with the warranty. Since the phone has had some defect in the past, there might be chances of mishappenings with the device in future as well. In these cases, warranty assures protection and allows the replacement of the device if any issue pops up within the warranty period. 

3. Authenticity 

Watch out for fake phones! Make sure that the seller isn’t fooling you. To check the authenticity of the device being sold to you, you can follow these steps:

  • Go to the ‘settings’ menu.
  • Find the model number and other hardware specifications
  • Compare the model number with that printed on the sticker behind the phone back/battery. 
  • Cross-check the hardware specifications as well

DO NOT ever buy a refurbished phone without cross-checking the above.

4. Network locks 

Do look for network locks while picking a refurbished phone. There are phones that may be locked to a certain mobile network. Though these locks can be bypassed, we still recommend you to buy certified refurbished phones, whose network is compatible with all mobile networks.

5. Best price

Negotiate the price wisely with your seller; do not forget that price is the driving force here! See whether the price is reasonable and saves you a few bucks and how cheaper it is from the new one. 

Make sure that you DO NOT ignore these points while buying a refurbished phone. Conduct thorough online research and check what are the options available in the market. Prefer an established brand link MobiGarage which can offer you certified refurbished phones with warranty at the best price. We are sure that these tips will lead you to a positive buying experience and avoid unnecessary hassles. If you have got any query in this regard, feel free to let us know. We’ll be more than happy to help you.