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Top 10 tips on Buying Pre-owned Mobility Scooters and Power Chairs

| Advice | 10/07/2014

There are some great deals to be had when buying a pre-owned mobility scooter.
But if you are not familiar with Mobility Scooters and their workings here are a few helpful tips to help you get the best out of your purchase:
1. Has the Scooter/Power Chair been left dormant (not charged on a regular basis) for any long period of time?
If so this can have a detrimental effect on the batteries.
2. How much will it be to replace the batteries if needed?
Get a quote from your nearest Mobility retailer to get an idea of how much some new batteries would be if needed.
(Note: When changing the batteries on a Scooter you have to replace both batteries).
3. Compare prices with other models on buyandsellmobilty.com to make sure you are paying a fair price.
4. Does the warranty transfer with the Scooter/ Power Chair?
Yes, the warranty will transfer with the Scooter/ Power Chair, but it is worth checking with the manufacturer to see if the warranty is still valid.
5. Can you get Insurance for pre-owned mobility Scooters/ Power Chairs?
Yes. Contact your nearest Mobility retailer for more details.
6. Does the charger work?
Make sure the charger for the Scooter/Power Chair is working; otherwise this might be another cost you will have to incur.
7. Is the Scooter/ Power Chair still in Manufacture?
If the scooter is very old it might be very difficult to get new parts or repairs on the Scooter/ Power Chair. Check the internet to see if the Scooter/ Power Chair is still in manufacture.
8. Make sure you are familiar with the rules for using Mobility Scooters and Power Chairs.
Even though there is not a legal requirement to take a driving test it is advisable to make yourself familiar with the different rules regarding Pavement Scooters and Road Scooters/ Power Chairs so that you do not cause harm to yourself and others. Information on the safest way to use Scooters and Power Chairs can be found at www.bhta.net.
9. Have a Test Drive.
Make sure you have a drive of the Scooter/ Power Chair before you purchase it, as this will tell you a lot about the condition and whether or not it is suitable for you.
10. If it’s a road Scooter you are buying, then make sure it is taxed.
If you are purchasing a Road Scooter which you intend to take on the road then make sure it has a valid Tax Disc or contact your nearest Mobility Retailer to apply for your FREE Disc from the DVLA.

Choosing the Best Scooter

| Advice | 19/02/2013

example of a road scooter

Choose a scooter to suit your lifestyle

To find the perfect scooter you need to consider your lifestyle. In the following pages, we have highlighted some key things to think about before you select your scooter.

 

 

Points to ask when buying a pre-owned Mobility Scooter:

  • Where do I want to use the scooter? Indoors – size of doors? Outdoors – level or rough ground? Are dropped curbs available?
  • How far do I want to go?
  • Do I need it to go in a car? Does it dismantle easily? Who will dismantle it? How often?
  • Where will my scooter be stored and charged?
  • Will I be on the scooter for long periods?
  • Can I use it easily and safely?
  • Do I need it to be adapted for my particular comfort and safety?
  • Is there clear indication of the amount of charge remaining?
  • Have the batteries been regularly charged whilst it has been un-used? If not what cost implications are there for replacing the batteries?
  • Who will service my scooter?
  • Do I want a warranty or insurance to cover my pre-owned scooter?

 

Points to ask when buying a New Mobility Scooter (same as above with the below added):

  • Is the scooter available in different colours?
  • What warranty do I get with the scooter?
  • Is the seller governed by the British Health Care Trades Association (BHTA)?
  • What are my rights to cancel the order?

 

 

Which Scooter should I choose?

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Is the scooter comfortable to ride?
  • Can I get on and off it easily?
  • Are the controls suitable and comfortable for me to use over a long period?
  • Is the scooter going to suit my needs?
  • Can the scooter carry me and my shopping if required?
  • Will the scooter be suitable for all types of terrain I anticipate wanting to use it over?
  • Do I need the scooter to climb curbs?
  • Can I dismantle the scooter and transport it in the car if needed?
  • Does the scooter give me the mileage range I need, not only when shopping locally, but also, for example, when I want to visit a National Trust stately home or garden, participate in outdoor activities or when I go rambling?
  • Is the scooter stable and safe enough for my needs?
  • Do I have somewhere to store and charge up my scooter?

 

 

On this website we have divided the different types of scooters into 4 categories, these are:

  1. Car portable: Easily dismantled into small parts that can be transported by car.
  2. Pavement: Larger more stable scooters that can carry shopping and go further distances. Limited to 4mph.
  3. Road: Designed for longer distances and road travel. Have the options of Pavement and Road use, usually have higher ground clearance and can travel at 8mph.
  4. All Terrain: Have very good ground clearance, very robust and designed for travelling over fields and grassy areas.

 

We hope that this information helps you with your search. If you require any more assistance then please ‘Ask the expert’ for more details.

Things to consider when buying a Bath Lift

| Advice | 19/02/2013

bathlift1

There are 2 main types of bath lifts out in the market today:

Inflatable and Solid.

 

Inflatable Bath Lifts:
These bath lift work on using compressed air to inflate and deflate the bath lift in order help the user get in and out of the bath.

Advantages:

  • Enables the user to reach the bottom of the bath as if there was no lift.
  • Easy to transport as they are light in weight.

Disadvantages:

  • Can be a little bit unstable for those users who are not very confident.
  • Are usually more expensive than solid bath lifts.
  • Not as easy to recharge as the solid bath lift.

 

 

Solid Bath Lifts:

These bath lifts work on a hydraulic piston that lifts the user in and out of the bath on a stable and solid platform.

Advantages:

  • Stable and secure for fragile individuals.
  • Easy to recharge.
  • Cost effective.

 

Disadvantages:

  • Do not lower the user right to the bottom of the bath so bath needs to be filled up more than usual.
  • A bit heaver to transport.

 

Both types of bath lifts are battery powered and need to be re-charged on a regular basis.

 

Points to ask yourself when buying a pre-owned and new bath lift:

  • Has it had much use if it is pre-owned?
  • Will it fit into my bath?
  • Do I need to take the bath lift in and out of the bath tub regularly? If so can I lift the bath lift?
  • Has the bath lift been charged regularly even if it has not been used (pre-owned only)?
  • Do I require a warranty on my bath lift?
  • What weight capacity will it take?

 

We hope that this information will help you find what you are looking for. For any further advice please ‘Ask an Expert’.

What to look for in an Electric Rise and Recliner Chair

| Advice | 09/12/2012

Rise and Recline Chair

 

The Style

This relates to the type of back cushioning the chair has. For example: this chair has a Waterfall style back, a very popular choice due to its softness and versatility. Each cushion can be adjusted and stuffing can be added or removed from the cushions. Other examples of chair style are Button back, Firm back, backs with lateral support and backs with lumbar support. Check with the seller to find out what style of back the chair your buying is.

The Mechanism

The choice of mechanism determines the way in which the chair lifts and reclines. Each mechanism has its own unique benefits.
The different mechanism options available are as follows:
Single Motor Recline: Single motor mechanism which raises the footrest and tilts the backrest away from the seat.
Dual Motor: Back and footrest are operated independently by separate motors.
2 Way tilt-in-space: Single motor mechanism that maintains angle of back and seat when reclining and lifting. Good for people with bad circulation as this raises the feet up and spreads the surface area of the body thus reducing the risk of sores.
Dual motor Tilt-in-space: An independent motor for the backrest with the added benefits of a tilt in space action with high leg elevation.

The Size / Dimensions

Most of the people using these chairs will be sitting for long periods of time, so it is vital that the chair fits the user correctly in order for them to be comfortable. The dimensions to consider are illustrated on the image.

Chair upholstery

There are a range of fabrics and finishes available which can affect the cost of the chair. You can have specialist fabrics which are waterproof and anti-bacterial. Check before you by to see if the chair has a special fabric.

Try before you buy

Where possible try the chair out before you purchase it, just to make sure it is comfortable.