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How to Buy a Used Mobility Scooter

Updated on February 27, 2011
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Mobility scooters can make life much easier for individuals with limited mobility due to accidents or injury, but insurance and Medicare often won’t pay for these helpful devices unless you’re completely unable to walk. What does that mean for people who can’t afford the big price tags? It means your best bet is to find a used scooter. Last year I bought a used Pride Victory, a model that normally sells for about $2000, for only $600 on Craigslist, and it was in nearly-new condition.

If you’re looking for a bargain online, here are some tips for getting the used mobility scooter that’s right for you.

1. Look at new mobility scooters to discover your options. Before you start searching the online ads for used scooters, search medical supply shops such as SpinLife or online stores such as Amazon to see what’s available. Mobility scooters come in three- and four-wheel versions, all with a variety of options. Look at these to determine what you need. Do you need a lightweight folding model to fit in your trunk or will you be buying a lift for your vehicle? Do you need the added stability of a four-wheel model or the maneuverability of a three-wheeler? What about lights and a mirror for driving outside? Check all the options to see what type of mobility scooter you want before starting your search for a used one.

2. Select a few models you like and then search Craigslist, eBay, Kijiji and other classified ad sites to see if those models are readily available. Some brands, such as Pride, are more popular than others, and you’re more likely to find used models. If you see several of the same type of scooter for sale in any location in the U.S., it’s likely that one will become available in your area sooner or later. But if you can’t find any of the models you like on eBay or Craigslist, go back and pick a more popular model.

3. Watch the ads on a daily basis. The number of items that get posted on Craigslist, eBay and other ad sites every day is amazing. Check back regularly to see if new items have been posted. eBay auctions continue for several days, but on Craigslist, it’s often first come, first served, and you don’t want to miss a golden opportunity by not checking the ads for a few days.

4. Be patient. Used mobility scooters are often sold by family members of loved ones who have passed away or by disabled individuals who are moving up to another type of scooter. So you may not see new listings every day, or you might not find exactly the vehicle you’re searching for right away. Be patient. Eventually you will find the type of scooter you’re seeking.

5. Get as much information about the used scooter as possible. Once you do find an available scooter, be sure to ask questions before committing to purchase. The most important questions to ask are how and how often the scooter was used, and how and how often it was charged. Batteries need to be deep charged frequently, and if the scooter has been sitting without a charge for a long time or was only charged for an hour or two at a time, it’s likely you’ll need to buy new batteries. Be sure to take this added expense into account when figuring out your total cost.

6. Inspect the scooter and take it for a test drive. When you go to look at the scooter, take the cover off the batteries and look at the condition of all the mechanical parts. Be sure to watch for any rust or corrosion that might indicate a problem. You’ll also want to test drive the scooter to be sure it works properly. Some things to notice are how well the scooter rides, whether the battery charge indicator is working, if any available lights or horn are functioning, and if the brakes hold the scooter in place when the vehicle is stopped. If all these factors look good and the price is right, buy it!

7. Enjoy! If you haven’t been able to get out and about much due to limited mobility, your “new” mobility scooter will open up a world of opportunity. Enjoy!

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      Mandy Chen 

      4 years ago

      We are a professional manufacturer of producing mobility scooter , tricycle for passenger , tricycle for cargo , four wheeler car .

      We warmly welcome you to visit our factory .

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      Michelle 

      7 years ago

      Access ramps are an ideal accompaniment to a Mobility Scooter, helping to make life easier. Parsramps manufacture access ramps for Local Authorities and businesses all over the UK http://www.parsramps.co.uk/ 01842 755805

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      latifking 

      7 years ago

      Chase Mobile Banking

      So what is mobile banking? With this method you can access and login to your bank accounts and manage your assets, debts and finances from just about anywhere, anytime you want. You can login and signon to your financial accounts with your mobile phone. Certain types of smartphones have this capability built in, but you have to open or sign up for a mobile phone banking account with internet and online financial institutions that is setup and optimized for this type of convenient and flexible banking. With this bank the website to visit through your mobile phone, so you can login and signon to your account is at mobilebanking.chase.com.

      You can sign up for your mobile account at www.chase.com. I have personally not tried this type of banking yet, but it is growing in popularity since it adds another layer of convenience and flexibility to online bank activities. With online banking, you need to access and sign in to your account from a computer over the internet. Now you can access and logon to your accounts from your mobile phone from just about anywhere. Talk about making life simple.

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      akterpk 

      7 years ago

      Yes, this gadget looks extremely nice. Good luck in writing about tech stuff. Very informative.

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      Smartscooters 

      7 years ago

      We always have a selection of preowned used mobility scooters for sale , as well as used scooter finding service, why not call us or visit our website www.smartscooters.co.uk

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      Americannj 

      8 years ago

      Another piece of advice is to look out for reconditioned mobility scooters, because they often come with a warrenty. That way you can rest assured that if something is wrong it will be repaired.

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      U Neek 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Great advice. I feel much more empowered in my shopping quest for a scooter now. Thanks!

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      JamesCurtis 

      8 years ago

      FAO Uninvited Writer,

      if you are after a cool looking scooter try the Heartway Vita or the Heartway Royale - I've done a hub on the Royale.

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      pddm67 

      8 years ago from Queens, New York

      Nice hub. My father-in-law lucked out and found on on craigslist for an incredible price and in was in excellent condition. Now we can't keep him in the house - but it's cool - it's good to see him out and about :-) Rock on!

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      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Excellent hub. I may have to get one eventually...within the next 10 or so years so this is a great help. I want a cool looking scoooter myself that doesn't look so much like a mobility scooter :)

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