Buying Used Electric Wheelchairs
Mounting health costs and cuts to government funding are making
wheelchair users seek heaper alternatives like used electric wheelchairs.
Secondhand electric wheelchairs are no doubt cheaper than new ones
but a lot of care should be taken when buying a used electric wheelchair.
Sources of used electric wheelchairs are primarily relatives, friends,
and local support groups. Information about used electric wheelchairs
is also available in advertisements on bulletin boards, newsletters,
Web sites, at local hospitals and rehabilitation centers, or local
disability organizations. Information for finding used wheelchairs
can also be found in newspaper classifieds or in pawnshops.
It is wise to also solicit advice from a therapist or physician
before buying a used electric wheelchair. Private health insurance
and state vocational rehabilitation centers sometimes cover the
cost of used electric wheelchairs. The Technical Assistance Project
(TAP), supported by the federal Technology-Related Assistance for
Individuals with Disabilities Act (Tech Act) of 1988, also provides
financial support for the purchase of disability equipment. Sometimes,
wheelchair vendors also provide guarantees and warranties for used
One disadvantage of buying a used electric wheelchair is the non-transferability
of the warranty on the chair. There are also certain other disadvantages
to consider such as the chair s physical dimensions, capabilities,
condition, fittings and accessories. Because of the many different
options and accessories available for wheelchairs it is better to
be well informed before buying a used electric wheelchair.
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