Pros & Cons Of Buying A Second-hand Mobility Scooter

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There are many reasons why you should buy a second hand mobility scooter. Typically, when buying secondhand, you can receive the item quickly, whereas when purchasing new, you may have to wait for a period of time for manufacture and delivery. It costs less and very often there is no delivery charge. In these days of climate change, it is more environmentally friendly to reuse.

Environmental Impact

When buying second-hand, the item already exists, so you are giving a new life to a product. In today’s push for environmental improvement, reusing items that already exist reduces waste, giving the mobility scooter a second life.

When buying a mobility scooter, there are many factors to consider before choosing;

  • Where are you going to use it? 
  • Where are you going to store it?
  • Is there an electrical socket close by for charging purposes? 
  • Will you need to put it into the car? If so, is the car boot big enough? Will you be able to lift it in and out? Have you used one before? And if not, where can you get some training?

History of the Mobility Scooter

Another factor you will need to check is the history of the scooter. Questions to ask include;

  • How old is it? And what condition are the batteries in? 
  • Has it been serviced regularly (it should be serviced annually) are the tyres, brakes and horn ok? 
  • Does it have all its original paperwork with it? Ask the owner if you can take it for a test drive. This way you can check the brakes, lights and horn are all working.

It is very important to go and see the mobility scooter before you purchase it. Ideally, if possible, take along someone who has some knowledge of the subject. An extra pair of eyes is always good and best not to meet a stranger when you are on your own.

Personal Requirements

It’s important to make sure the scooter you are buying is suitable for your individual needs and is fit for purpose. You will also need to know that it is the correct one for you as there are various sizes and types of mobility scooter it pays to do your homework before spending any money. Check that it is suitable to carry your weight as different scooters have different weight carrying capacities.

Remember you do have rights when buying second-hand. If the seller makes a specific claim about the item, whether it be about the quality or usage of the item, and this is untrue, you can ask for a refund as it was misrepresented, and could have the potential to be dangerous.

If you get it wrong and choose a mobility scooter that doesn’t meet your expectations, it can be costly to repair. Batteries alone can cost over £100, so it’s always a good idea to get an engineer to test them before you make the purchase. If you do get it right, it can enhance your life giving you much more freedom to get out and about to the shops, the hairdresser, and to meet friends or just to get out into the world again. If you would like further support on choosing the right mobility scooter for you, get in touch on 01745 341967.