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What to Look for in a Used Electric Mobility Scooter

Aug 17, 2007
With the rising popularity of electric mobility scooters, more and more people are interested in having access to this convenient form of transportation. With more new models becoming available, there is also more of a market for used or second-hand mobility scooters. If you are considering a scooter, you may want to take a look at a used electric model.

Electric mobility scooters run on rechargeable batteries that can be plugged in, and with technological innovations, the battery life has been extended and these scooters are often more portable and comfortable than gas-powered scooters. Most scooters have an average speed of 4-8 mph, depending on the make and model. Electric scooters tend to be more expensive than the gas-powered models, with many scooters averaging $2000-$3000 new, depending on the features. If you are considering purchasing a scooter, you may want to consider the used and second-hand market.

Even though the scooter is used, hopefully it will last for several years to come, and you want to make sure its in good working order. Plan to have the scooter inspected before you purchase. It is a good idea to make sure the scooter has new batteries, as even the rechargeable ones have a limited shelf-life, and this is often the part that will need to be replaced first. In addition, you should make sure all the moving parts, such as the tiller (steering), and the motor are functioning correctly.

There are many places to find used scooters. Many of the well-known mobility scooter companies now offer a full line of used and refurbished models. This may be a good place to start, as you will be able to look at a variety of photos online to see which ones appeal to you. Most companies will offer a 6 or 12 month warranty, and some will even throw in new batteries.

You may even be able to get a better deal by buying privately, but may also incur more risk. Ebay often has some good deals on used electric scooters, and you may also want to try out your local classifieds close to home, such as Craigslist. You will probably want to insist on an inspection before you buy, as there may not be a warranty included. If you are willing to be patient, and spend some time looking, you could snatch up a great deal.

There are know more choices available than ever before when shopping for a used electric mobility scooter. If you do not want, or are unable to pay full price for a new scooter, its certainly possible to find a reliable used one. Just make sure to do your due diligence and insure the scooter is in good working condition before you purchase it.
About the Author
Amy Wells writes on a variety of consumer issues. Considering a scooter? Get accurate and informative mobility scooter tips and resources at http://www.scooters.yourtechtool.com.
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