Second hand scooters and wheelchairs are available for purchase
directly from selected suppliers. Often they have been refurbished and carry a short term warranty. Alternatively, they can be purchased privately. The ILC keeps a list of people wishing to sell second hand scooters and wheelchairs and there are a number of organisations and publications that also have such details.
. Buying a second hand wheelchair can be a good way of saving money on the initial outlay.
. As with buying a new wheelchair, it is advisable to seek the advice of a therapist and several chairs should be tried out before purchase.
. The cost of maintenance, replacement batteries for powered chairs, and insurance must be included in the calculations.
. It is essential to make sure that there are suitable repair and service
and facilities for the particular model.
. Any second hand chair should be checked very closely and tried out
thoroughly before buying, to ensure that it is suitable for all of the
. Make sure that the frame is not damaged, that no removable parts are missing, and that all the mechanisms function well.
. For powered chairs, check the battery condition (look for corrosion, whether it is filled, ask whether it has been kept charged).
. Ask for the original supplier's instructions and any paperwork or guarantee.
. Newsletters and Publications that advertise second hand equipment:
Muscular Dystrophy Association Newsletter - " Talking Point"
Sydney Buy & Sell Newspaper - Health & Medical Column
Wheelchair Sports Association
Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Assoc. - Paraquad News
Some assistive technology needs to meet Australian or other standards. Standards may relate to materials, manufacturing and installation. Products that meet Australian or international standards will have written certification. To find out if a product meets Australian Standards ask the supplier to show you the certificate. For more information about standards also see