Finding quality mobility equipment can be challenging especially if you are on a tight budget. For this reason many companies allow people to trade in their old models for new ones, which makes used models available for other users at a reduced price.

If you are looking for a wheelchair or power scooter a gently used one might be worth considering. The tips below will help you get the most for your money.

Shop Around

If you are looking for a wheelchair or mobility scooter, shop around for the best deal. Although their new equipment is similar, their used inventory could vary dramatically from one place to another. When you look around at the different deals, your chances are much better of finding a wheelchair or scooter that is within your budget.

Try It Out

You should give your new wheels a spin before you make your final decision. Be sure that all the controls work correctly and that you feel comfortable in the wheelchair or scooter, since you might be spending extended periods in them.

Also test the turning radius to see how easy it is to move around in tight spaces. You will always make a better decision when you test drive your mobility scooter or wheelchair.

Look at Warranties

If you have the option, buy used equipment that still includes a warranty. If there is any mechanical failure, you will still be covered. What if the scooter or wheelchair doesn’t have a warranty? Many companies will sell you a warranty with your equipment.

Talk to Your Insurance Company

Talk to your insurance company to see if they will cover a certain wheelchair or scooter type or brand.  If this is the case, it will probably have a major impact on your final decision. Once you know what kinds of equipment your insurance company will cover, you can look more closely at the used inventory of the various stores.

A used or pre-owned scooter is the way to go if you want to save money and you will know you are covered if you ever need help down the road. You might have to keep looking until you find your perfect mobility device, so be patient.

Remember the used equipment is always coming in to the various stores, so keep looking and you will find your perfect wheelchair or scooter.

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