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Assistive Technology Guide - Second-Hand Wheelchairs and Scooters

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.

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. 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
individual's requirements.
. 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
Trading Post
Wheelchair Sports Association
MS Association
Northshore Times
Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Assoc. - Paraquad News
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Disclaimer

Whilst all care is taken to provide accurate information with respect to the item described, the Independent Living Centre (ILC) is not involved in product design or manufacture, and therefore not in a position to guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. Selection of equipment, which is both suitable and appropriate for individual needs remains the responsibility of the person(s) considering requisition, and no responsibility is taken by the ILC for any loss or injury caused through use of the equipment or alleged to have arisen through reliance upon information provided. As information is subject to change any enquiries should be directed to the manufacturer.

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