I thought I'd write about buying a second hand AGA as currently I am on the lookout for one myself. I need one for my training room so really it doesn't have to be one that works just one that I can use to show the techniques and processes to clean an AGA cooker.
I have been looking on Ebay and last week I nearly bought an AGA, it was a standard one, that is one of the really old ones and it was unusual in that it was set up to run on coal. I say unusual as this was the way they all used to be but nearly all of them have now been converted into oil or gas. Normally AGAs on Ebay are still in situ and need to be dismantled. This costs in the region of £250. It then needs to be shipped to you (can be more money for this maybe £100 to £200) and then you need to get it reassembled at a cost of from £250 to £1000. So any AGA you see on Ebay going cheap will have these additional costs to get it in position in your home. So you need to find out if it has already been dismantled and on a pallet if you are going to get someone to transport it for you. You then find someone who can reassemble it. Of course if it is gas or oil you need to make sure the supplies are in place and you definitely need a plinth for it which you can either build yourself (it has to be dead level) out of concrete or you can buy an AGA steel plinth that can be adjusted to get the AGA level. And if you are going to use the boiler on the AGA you need to make sure that you have the pipework in place for this. Also for this you may need to up grade your hot water tank to make sure it can handle the hot water that the AGA will produce. Also you need to make sure that you have the right flues, or outlets for electric AGAs, in position. Also for electric AGAs you need to have the electricity supply in position and for a 30 Amp AGA you need to have an off peak electrictiy meter installed. For a 30 Amp AGA I have read that it isn't viable to move them once they have been installed as the need special insulation and they have a thing called 'a core' which apparently will disintegrate on dismantling. So if you see one on Ebay it really does cost a lot to get it moved and re installed (look at a reconditioned one from a reconditioning company see below) and I mean in the region of £2000.
So the one on Ebay I saw was on a pallet and I could have got it transported whole on the pallet for £75 and I could have just plonked in down in my garage and hey presto one AGA for demonstration purposes in position. It went £750. But I'll carry on looking. The normal price for an old AGA is about £250. The older white deluxe AGAs (with the chrome lids) tend to sell at a lower price too. Really it is difficult to get rid of an AGA if you don't want it as even quite new ones will be only worth a few hundred quid if you try to sell them to an AGA specialist.
If you are thinking about an AGA and you see one on line that is only a couple of years old but is two grand less than the cost of a new one please think about it. Say you use a company like www.Classycookers.co.uk
who act as a brokerage. As far as I can see you will have to pay for the AGA and then the dismantling costs the delivery costs and then the rebuild costs. They don't offer a guarantee or original documentation or help in use of your AGA. The AGA may look different when you see it up close and when it arrives it more than likely is going to need a clean. For an AGA clean
we charge from £125 for two oven AGA. So all these costs will mount up and you'll think 'I could have bought a new one after all'. Also think about why are the people selling such a new AGA. I am still reading about people having problems with 13 amp AGA cookers – though saying that our friend has had hers for two and half years without any problems – but the key is you need a guarantee.
If you think a two year old AGA is going to be like new, think again, most AGAs I have seen that are over 18 months old will have some sort of enamel damage on the top enamel plate. Also I have seen a two year old AGA recently that had just been reinstalled in a new house that didn't have it's original insulation jacket around the plates, they must have been destroyed when it was dismantled. Really if you are looking for an AGA that is like new then a reconditioned one is the one to go for. If you go with an AGA renovation company
like Twyfords they will give you a five year guarantee – so just like a new one you'll be able to have a stress free experience with it and you'll save some money on the cost.
We bought our renovated 30 Amp AGA which looked like new from Mr Cooker
for £5500, three years ago, which at the time was a significant discount on the cost of a new one which would have been £11000.