In this article, we consider what the best option is, when you are looking into purchasing a mobility scooter and whether to go down the route of purchasing brand new or buying a second-hand model.
The first consideration on many people’s minds will be price. It’s true to say that buying second-hand can often be a cheaper, but it’s also worth looking at options for buying new and benefitting from full guarantees and knowing exactly what the previous history of the scooter is.
When buying a used mobility scooter privately, say off eBay or Gumtree or from other online channels, you are buying the item ‘as seen’ with no real way of knowing what the previous history and usage has been.
This can come with potential pitfalls, as when problems do occur, or of the item is faulty in the weeks and months after the sale, you have very little recourse for a refund or receiving a repair.
Buying a new or used mobility scooter from a mobility retailer can often be a better option and still give you very affordable, fully featured mobility scooters, at low prices.
If you look across the wide range of models and manufacturers, you will often see that mobility scooters are available over a wide array of price points and features.
Obviously, buying a second-hand mobility scooter from a highly regarded mobility retailer, is always a good idea over buying from another private individual. The reason for this is that the retailer will have carried out many tests on the scooter and will ensure that it is fully operational and roadworthy.
A retailer of used mobility scooters will also offer a guarantee, or the option of a paid-for warranty on the scooter that can cover the scooter for repairs and faults over a given period of time, usually for a small monthly premium, or a one-off fee at purchase.
The benefit of buying a second-hand scooter from a retailer is the lower price over new, and the additional peace of mind that you will not get from simply buying from another private seller.
When asking the question; Should I buy a second-hand mobility scooter? it’s a good idea to look at all the options. Even if you don’t have a big budget, don’t rule out a new model, as you may find something that is within your price range, from the many manufacturers out there.
Also, it’s a good idea to benefit from when retailers like Mobility Smart are running sales, as they will tend to do at regular intervals, as you will also benefit from the often generous discounts on new and used models at these times.
Buying new or second-hand mobility scooter is a personal choice, but it can also be useful to take on the advice of a friend or family member to help you make the choice.