Buying a second hand mobility scooter is a great way to get a good deal on a product that can make a huge positive impact on your life. It’s important to note, however, that not all used mobility scooters are equal. Many aren’t in good condition and are sold by individuals who do not have the necessary insurances and warranties to protect you.
The best way to make sure you’re buying a second hand scooter that’s safe, good value and will go the distance is by purchasing from an authorised seller. They’ll be able to give you all the information about the scooter you need as well as offer test drives and maintenance.
If you’re unsure whether a second hand mobility scooter is right for you, have a read through of our guide where we outline:
- Why you may want to buy second hand
- How to choose your second hand mobility scooter
- What to look out for when buying your scooter
Why buy second hand?
There are many benefits to buying a mobility scooter second hand. Just like buying a car, you can get a perfectly good machine at a fraction of the price that still has many miles left under its hood.
Some of the benefits of buying second hand include:
- Sustainability. It gives a perfectly good scooter a new life and saves it going into landfill. It also removes the need for a whole new scooter to be made from scratch, saving on materials and carbon emissions.
- Economical. Buying a second hand scooter is cheaper than buying a brand new one. If you have your eye on a more expensive model but can’t justify the price tag, you may be able to find one second hand within your budget
How to choose a second hand mobility scooter
Buying a second hand scooter may seem like a more daunting process than buying a new one, but as long as you’re buying through an authorised seller, it’s very similar.
Some of the things you’ll want to consider include:
- How often you’ll be using your scooter
- What kind of terrain you’ll be driving on
- Where you’ll be going
- If you’ll be catching public transport or flying regularly
By considering these points, you’ll be able to narrow down the kind of scooter that’ll suit you best. You can also talk to us at Hello Mobility QLD on 1300 884 880 if you’d like our advice and support on what kind of scooter will suit your lifestyle.
What to look out for when buying second hand
When buying second hand, there are a few more considerations you may want to think about. Since your scooter won’t be brand new, you’ll need to look a little more closely at things such as the condition and age of the scooter.
Our number one piece of advice when buying second hand is to go through an authorised seller such as Hello Mobility Queensland. An authorised seller should be able to answer any questions you have about the product and leave you feeling confident that you’ve made a safe and informed choice.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when buying a second hand mobility scooter:
When was it last used?
The age and usage history of the scooter will ultimately affect its condition today. Ask your seller any questions about its condition and how long it was used for in the past. A good seller will be able to inform you whether the age and condition of the scooter are likely to suit your needs.
Who’s selling it?
We’ve made this point before and we’ll make it again – make sure you trust your seller and buy through someone reputable. There are a lot of people out there who are selling their scooters independently online and may not know enough about the product to price it fairly or give you all the information you need around the condition, insurance and warranty.
Can they provide maintenance and services?
Once you buy your scooter, you’re going to need regular maintenance and services to make sure it remains in working condition and is safe to drive. Ask your supplier if they also have maintenance services available. Ideally, you want to purchase from a retailer who can partner with you long-term and continue to provide support into the future.
Can I take it for a test drive?
Checking the scooter out in person and taking it for a test drive is an absolute must. How else are you going to know if you’re comfortable driving it?
At Hello Mobility QLD, we can even visit your home so you can look at and test drive the scooter in your own neighbourhood.
What warranties and insurances are included?
When buying a second hand mobility scooter, you’ll want to check what warranties are included and what kind of insurance you may need. Again, this is an area where buying from an authorised seller will work in your favour.
If you’re interested in buying a second hand mobility scooter in Queensland, get in touch with our friendly team and we’ll be more than happy to help!