Buying a used mobility scooter

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Buying a second-hand mobility vehicle is a cheaper option than buying from new but you need to make sure you know what you’re getting. Here the experts at Chartwell Insurance, the disabled insurance specialist, highlight some things you should look out for when buying second-hand mobility scooters.

Buying second-hand or pre-loved means you can get a high quality heavy-duty mobility scooter for the same price as a cheap new one. Also, second-hand scooters are often equipped with extras and accessories that the previous owner had fitted to increase comfort and convenience. However, before purchasing a mobility scooter it is important to consider your requirements in order to choose the one that is right for you.

Think about what you will need your mobility scooter for, how often and how far will you travel, the kind of terrain you will be on mainly and the size you require. It’s also important to consider any additional features that are important to you such as easy dismantling, extra legroom or a more comfortable seat. Halfords have a guide of additional questions to consider before you buy a scooter.

There are three main types of mobility scooters folding mobility scooters, pavement scooters and ones for road use. The Help My Mobility website provides an outline of the differences between these types of scooters to help you find the right one.

Before purchasing a second-hand mobility scooter there are a number of things you should check first.

  • When was the scooter last serviced? If buying from a dealer you may be able to get them to throw in a service.
  • How old are the batteries? Remember that batteries older than approximately 18 months, will not be able to hold the charge like new batteries and may soon need to be replaced.
  • Find out about its history – previous owners etc?
  • Is there any warranty left?
  • Check tyres for wear and tear. Solid tyres can be prone to splitting with age and therefore would need replacing.
  • Examine the scooter for any signs of damage.
  • If possible, take the mobility scooter for a test drive around the local area. This will enable you to detect any obvious signs of any other problems and to ensure it meets your requirements.
  • If you are buying your second hand mobility scooter from a dealer ask about what guarantees and warranties are on offer.
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