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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.

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