Your approach to buying your used electric wheelchair should be the same as buying a new model: price is important, but your search should focus on finding a chair that meets your individual needs.
For example, some power chairs are superb outdoor performers, but are difficult to easily maneuver in indoor spaces. And there electric wheelchairs that can readily navigate your home's narrow hallways, but are unsuitable for heavy outdoor use.
There are models that can be easily disassembled to fit into the trunk of a large car, but generally have restricted weight limits.
So, whether you choose to buy at a used power chair from a mobility store, online retailer or private-party seller, you first need to identify the type of used electric chair that best suits your needs.
Here are some key questions you should ask before making a purchase:
Brian Raub, co-founder of Used-Wheelchairs-USA.com, recommends that potential buyers evaluate a seller and the specific chairs available by considering the following.
When considering a private-party purchase, be advised that most used wheelchairs are sold in "as-is" condition. There may be cosmetic damage to the shell, upholstery, or frame.
In addition, you do not know the mechanical and electronic state of the used electric wheelchair. With no warranty, you will be liable for all replacement parts and repairs, which can represent a significant financial outlay over an above your purchase price. Therefore, if possible, have an expert check over the chair before you make your purchase.
In addition, ask for referrals from healthcare providers, therapists and friends. Ask the seller for references from those who have made purchases.
If you are interested in contacting Brian Raub of Used-Wheelchairs-USA.com who was referenced in this article, you may email him by clicking here.
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