Should You Consider Used Mobility Scooters?
The popularity and appeal of mobility scooters have continued to grow, as increasing numbers of people are attracted to the independence, convenience and comfort scooters provide. As a result, a variety of new models and accessories have been introduced to meet the growing market demand.
New mobility scooters can cost more than a few thousand dollars, depending on features and capability. For those who cannot afford a new electric scooter, buying a well-maintained, pre-owned scooter may be a viable option. The cost may be up to half off the original price (or more), depending on condition and age.
key to purchasing a good used scooter is to make sure it has been
well-maintained, remains mechanical sound and offers a solid,
If possible, have a mobility scooter specialist take a look at any used model you are considering. He or she can provide an independent assessment of its condition and discuss any maintenance or repairs you can expect in the near future.
Always test drive the model yourself to ensure you can easily reach and operate all the controls. The scooter should provide you with a pleasurable, stable ride.
Pay particular attention to any jerking motion or difficulty gaining speed. Either of these can indicate a problem with the gear mechanism in the scooter. You should also check the stopping power of the brakes and if they make any unusual noises that suggest servicing is needed.
In addition, following are some guidelines for evaluating used mobility scooters, according to Mark Willis of mobilityscootersreview.com.
Appearance and Condition
Is the scooter in clean condition? A dirty scooter indicates that regular maintenance may not have been performed. Look at all the major moving parts to ensure they work well. These include the wheel axles, tiller and seat. If the seat and arms seem to be worn down or broken, this may indicate a large person owned the unit.
Used electric mobility scooters are ranked for a specific load capacity. If the unit was used by a person who exceeded the weight limit, the scooter will likely wear out rather quickly. The unit may operate properly, but you will be in jeopardy of inheriting mechanical problems soon after your purchase
Condition of Battery, Battery Posts and Connections
These components should be free from rust and corrosion. If corrosion and rust are present, it may indicate the battery is old or the unit has not been properly maintained. Check the battery indicator light as well.
You may want to ask the seller how long the battery has been used. Inquire if it was typically given deep overnight charging sessions or short (one to two hours) charging sessions.
If you are seriously interested in the scooter, ask the seller to plug it in to charge and come back in four to six hours. If the battery indicator light does not give a full (or almost full) charge signal when you return, you may need to buy a new battery. The battery is usually one of the items most likely to need replacement in used mobility scooters.
Ask About Use by the Previous Owner
Electric scooters used infrequently are likely to have less wear and tear on the wheels, axles and battery. A scooter used consistently every day will have a high degree of wear and need repair work in the near future.
If no information is available from the seller, you may be able to get the serial number off of the scooter and call the manufacturer to find out when the unit was placed in service.
Where to Source Used Mobility Scooters
There are several options for purchasing used mobility scooters:
If possible, compare
used mobility scooters of the same type to get a general idea of the
price on similar models for sale. Just because a scooter is cheap, does
not mean it is a good deal. It may just mean it is worn out an may
require costly repairs.
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