How To Find A Used Wheelchair

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How To Find A Used Wheelchair

How To Find A Used Wheelchair. -- Unfortunately, nowadays numerous people suffer from mobility problems. A wide range of people need aid to help mobility, so there is no wonder that wheelchair industry has grown so much. Wheelchairs can easily help people who cannot walk to lead a normal lifestyle. In the lack of this equipment, many individuals would be unable to perform demanding everyday tasks. Nowadays, there are numerous wheelchairs available in sale. Models, as well as functionality, can vary a lot from one wheelchair to another. A good wheelchair can cost up to several thousands of dollars. However, you should know that if you want to make some savings, the best idea you could have is to purchase a used wheelchair.

Finding a functional, yet affordable, used wheelchair is not as complicated as you may imagine at first. Below you will find a series of tips on how to find a great wheelchair at the most affordable price.

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1. The first thing you will have to do when you start your search for a used wheelchair is to make up your mind on the model or the type of device you need. As already mentioned, there are numerous models of used wheelchairs available in sale. You can pick an electrical, manual, rigid-fame, folding or lightweight model. Size is another factor to keep under consideration, as the device has to be perfectly fitted for you.

2. Now that you know exactly what you are looking for, you can start your search. Search for used wheelchairs online. In fact, there are so many online shops in which you can find such devices that you can easily make a great deal. Check prices and compare offers before making your pick, to be certain that you will make the best deal possible.

3. Make a list with the best offers found. Then, you can start checking features and sizes. One of the most important thing to check is if the wheelchair is fitted to the person who is going to use it. Another aspect to consider is the age of the device you plan on buying. A used wheelchair should not be more than 5 years old, as after a longer period of time this equipment starts depreciating.

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Another great idea would be to look for used wheelchairs at reputable organizations. There are many organizations which resell them, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers and groups that work with people with disabilities. Regardless of the model purchased or the place from where you plan on buying, you should carefully inspect the used wheelchair before signing the deal. You need to make sure that it is working perfectly and is safe enough for the person who will use it.

Buying a used wheelchair can be extremely affordable. You only need to be careful enough and you can save quite an important sum of money.

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Various Types Of Wheelchairs

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Various Types Of Wheelchairs. -- Wheelchairs are wheeled mobility devices in which someone sits. A wheelchair can be propelled manually or via several automated systems and is used by people who cannot walk or for whom is impossible to walk due to illness, disability or injury.

Such devices are great as they help people be more independent and mobile. Nonetheless, a wheelchair costs pretty much, so people have started to buy used wheelchairs because they save money.

 

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There are a few things that may affect the durability of an used wheelchair such as the new user’s terrain, physical capabilities and limitations, as well as weight and width.

Since wheelchairs are individually tailored by doctors, they shouldn’t be resold, but due to the harsh state of the economy, many people buy them to save money, mainly if they use them only for a short period of time and there are lots of “Used Wheelchair for Sale” ads found at local hospitals, on websites, newsletters, at the independent living centre, rehabilitation departments or local disability organisations.

 

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There are various types of wheelchairs such as:

  • manual wheelchairs -- are propelled by the owner by pushing on round bars that surround the wheels
  • sports wheelchairs are specially designed for playing sports, being very ultra lightweight and stable
  • electric wheelchairs are propelled by a motor and battery, being very sophisticated, featuring push buttons or a joy stick. Plus, some models can climb stairs, raise up and also  move across gravel
  • pediatric wheelchairs are in electric and manual form and are smaller. They are also adjustable, allowing the user to stand or sit.
  • 3 wheeled wheelchairs are used in racing wheelchairs, but also in other sports and even everyday purposes, being more manoeuvrable and stable
  • standing wheelchairs support the user in a standing position and can be used as a wheelchair and as a standing frame if the user wants to sit or stand in his wheelchair
  • beach wheelchairs allow people to enter the water. Such wheelchairs have a great mobility in the sand and there are many models available

 

If you also need a wheelchair and an used one would be better, you have to know that used wheelchairs don’t have transferable warranties.

Additionally, don’t trust used wheelchairs ads that appear in pawn shops, in newspapers as there is no professional standard.

 

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There are many advantages and disadvantages of used wheelchairs such as:

 

Advantages

  • lower costs
  • immediate ownership
  • no need for insurance
  • haggle for a lower price

 

Disadvantages

  • no detailed inspection
  • no customizing
  • scams
  • shipping fees
  • no try before buying

There are many things you should take into consideration when you buy used wheelchairs and one of the most important things is how will the wheelchair be used. So, think very well if buying an used wheelchair is convenient for you indeed.

 

Various Types Of Wheelchairs

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