Mobility issues can make it harder to socialize, but knowing that a scooter can bring back some level of independence is a relief. The challenge, though, is that a new mobility scooter is expensive. If you are thinking of buying a pre-owned mobility scooter, this article will help you make an informed decision.
How to Choose a Used Mobility Scooter
When buying a second-hand mobility scooter, there are several considerations you need to make:
Purpose of the Scooter
Consider the reason you want the scooter and where you plan to use it. For instance, a light scooter will be appropriate if you need to use it to move around in the mall or other buildings. Light scooters are easy to disassemble and transport. On the other hand, if you need a scooter for outdoor travel, such as for visiting the parks or for trails, you need a big and sturdy scooter.
Who is the Seller?
You can buy a second-hand scooter from an individual or a medical supply store. If you buy from an individual, it will most likely be inexpensive. You also risk not know what kind of condition the scooter is really in.
When you buy from a medical supply store you will be able to get expert advice about the product in terms of its suitability and condition. Medical supply stores are also more reputable than individual sellers and they have most likely checked the quality of the product.
Battery Life Expectancy
When buying a used scooter, ask about the status of the battery. If the battery was not recently replaced, you might want to factor it into the cost. Replacement batteries come in pairs, so it might be a bit more costly than you expected it to be.
Check the condition of the tires. Tires that have been used for a long time or have not been replaced recently might require a complete overhaul. You may even want to ride the scooter for a test drive.
What Should You Ask the Previous Owner?
When buying a second-hand scooter, try to gather as many details from the previous owner as possible. Most importantly, request information about:
Any Existing Warranty Left?
Typically, a warranty benefits only the original scooter user. However, some used scooter dealers may extend the coverage. So, it may help to inquire if your dealer offers warranty extensions.
Maintenance records can help you know the scooter’s condition in terms of parts that might have been replaced or a service that is due. For instance, maintenance records may show the last time the battery was replaced.
The reason you’re considering a used mobility scooter is because of the cost savings. Used mobility scooters, especially from private sellers, should be significantly cheaper than new ones since they may lack important items like support and warranty.
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What Are the Pros of Buying a Used Mobility Scooter?
There are several benefits of buying a second-hand scooter. Some of the advantages of a used scooter are:
You can buy a used wheelchair scooter at a lower price than you would if it were new. The longer it’s been since the scooter was in use, the less expensive it’s likely to be when re-sold. This depreciation is true regardless of whether the scooter has been in use or not.
A new scooter from a reputable brand is costly. Used scooters are relatively affordable, and it doesn’t mean they can’t offer you the benefits of a new scooter. Additionally, it might be easier to negotiate the cost of a used scooter due to the lack of a warranty.
Medical supply stores or used scooter dealers may incentivize scooters to encourage you to buy. They may service the scooters and equip them with accessories like trays, canopies, or baskets.
What Are the Cons of Buying a Used Mobility Scooter?
Although buying a second-hand scooter may save you money, there may be some downsides. Here are some problems you might encounter when buying a used scooter.
Prone to Issues
Used scooters are prone to mechanical issues such as defective batteries, faulty ignition switches, or strained tires simply because they have been in use for a while. Also, depending on the previous user, the scooter might be missing parts or accessories.
Lack of Warranty
Most second-hand scooters lack a warranty, so in case of a breakdown, you will need to pay for the repairs out-of-pocket.
Few Reputable Sellers
Finding a reliable seller of a used scooter is a challenge. Some sellers are dishonest about the scooter’s condition or lack important information about the scooter.
How Certified Medical Can Help You Choose a Used Mobility Scooter
Pre-owned wheelchair scooters can be the perfect option if you’re on a budget. Whether you’re buying a used mobility scooter for adults or children, this guide will help you make the right choice.
At Certified Medical, we have a variety of used scooters to suit your different needs. We take every step we can to make sure our used scooters are safe and in top working order. We also provide maintenance for used scooters, should you ever need repairs or regular servicing. Contact us today to check out our pre-owned mobility scooters.
FAQs About a Used Mobility Scooters
It is advisable to service your scooter at least once every year.
Some of the things you need to look out for when buying a scooter include:
- Your mobility needs
- Where you’ll use the scooter, such as indoors or outdoors
- Storage and portability of the scooter
- Scooter features and accessories