As the cost of mobility equipment such as power wheelchairs, scooters, and lifts continues to rise, many people are turning to the used market to save money. While buying used mobility equipment can be a good way to save money, it’s important to understand the risks involved. Let’s take a look at some of the risks of buying used mobility equipment and what you can do to protect yourself.
Risk #1: Unknown History
When you buy used mobility equipment, you have no way of knowing its entire history. You don’t know how it’s been used, whether it’s been in accidents, or if it has been adequately maintained. This can lead to unexpected breakdowns, reduced performance, and safety risks. It’s important to thoroughly inspect any used mobility equipment before making a purchase and ask the seller about its history. If no history can be provided to you, try looking elsewhere for used mobility equipment or purchase equipment that is brand new.
Risk #2: Outdated Technology
Technology in the mobility equipment industry is rapidly advancing. When buying used equipment, you may be buying outdated technology that is no longer supported or may not meet current safety standards. This can increase the risk of injury or malfunction, as older models may not have the same safety features as newer models. You always want to make sure you’re getting the most current technology, as it will make moving around much safer and easier to do.
Risk #3: Worn-Out Parts
Mobility equipment, like any mechanical device, will eventually experience wear and tear. Buying used equipment can mean you’re buying equipment with worn-out parts. This can lead to more frequent repairs and, in some cases, complete equipment failure. Therefore, it’s important to inspect any used equipment for signs of wear and tear, such as rust, cracks, or worn-out tires. This problem is completely avoided if you opt to purchase new mobility equipment.
Risk #4: No Warranty or Support
Most new mobility equipment comes with a warranty and support from the manufacturer or dealer. When buying used equipment, there is typically no warranty or support. If the equipment breaks down, you will have to pay for repairs out of pocket, which can be costly. It’s important to research the seller’s return policy, and if possible, try to buy from a reputable dealer who provides a warranty or service plan.
Affordable Mobility Equipment from Freedom Mobility
While buying used mobility equipment can be a cost-effective way to obtain the equipment you need, it’s always better to purchase it new. That’s why we work hard to provide affordable mobility solutions. From power chairs and scooters to stairlifts and wheelchairs ramps, Freedom Mobility Solutions offers affordable, new mobility equipment. Contact us online today to speak to one of our Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs), or click here to schedule an appointment to visit our Hanover, MD, showroom.