Quoted from Ccondo:
I have searched for used machines locally. Only one that had potential was Iron Man for nearly $4,000. I take comfort in getting a game that has a warranty so I focused on new...
Warranties won't cover the bulk of what will actually go wrong in a machine. Broken wires, worn flippers, plastic breaking, something working loose, cleaning, broken rubber, etc. Warranties are more about 'dead on arrival' stuff... and electronics that are going to die in the first 30 days because it was marginal anyway. Once the game has really gotten past its initial burn-in of use.. The stuff that is going to fail is your normal wear & tear stuff. So in this regard, a relatively recent HUO game is bound to be LESS troublesome than a NIB because the new jitters are already done and in the past.
Frankly I don't think its a very fun game for 'casuals' as I would call them... people at your house for something else who play some pin just to check it out. They might find it cool to watch an experienced player play.. but there is certainly a big difference between games that are fun for casuals and not... and less games that work well for both casual and more regular players.
For casual players... games with an obvious 'bash target' are usually big hits.. or games with less punishing shots for missing or bigger shots.. or games that SPOT progress without hitting a specific target. WCS'94 is an example of this where the main shot is a big one, the game spots progress pretty easy... but the multiball shot is kind of hard. Data East games have the pitty multiball on ball 3 which is very 'casual' friendly.
The one caveat is games that are casual friendly tend to be more expensive than their peers.. because they will be popular for that reason. Great example, Theatre of magic, or ToTAN.
I'd tell someone to buy two easy, approachable games for $5k before telling them to buy a single NIB Stern just because they are worried about used vs new. NIB is an extreme premium whose real value is CONDITION - not piece of mind.
If you can't work on your games... you're going to need a reliable tech you can call from time to time... and they are going to charge the same if it's a 90s DMD game or a brand new Stern