Used and second-hand stairlifts
If you think the time has come to buy a used stairlift for yourself or a family member due to increasingly limited mobility, you may be looking for information about how to choose a reliable and high-quality second-hand model. Used stairlifts, after all, can offer the chance to make a great saving, but it is also important to know that you are purchasing from a reliable source.
On the other hand, it may be the case that, for whatever reason, you now no longer need the stairlift that is currently installed in your home. It could be that you are wondering whether it is possible to sell your mobility equipment and, if so, who buys second-hand stairlifts.
Below, some of the most frequently asked questions about the topics of buying and selling used stairlifts are answered in as much detail as possible.
How do I buy a used stairlift?
It may be reassuring to learn that you do not need to go through a private seller in order to buy a used stairlift. It is common for established and reputable mobility aid manufacturers such as Handicare to provide the option of purchasing reconditioned stairlifts, often at significantly lower prices than their new counterparts.
Whilst owning any major household product first-hand is always the ideal scenario, many stairlift companies understand that not everyone is in the financial situation of being able to afford this. It goes without saying that the retailer will need to ensure the reconditioned stairlift they are selling will need to meet the same safety standards as their new models, whilst it is also in their interests to ensure that they are every bit as reliable. In addition, the experts at Handicare offer a Price Promise system, which means that they will match the price of any second-hand stairlift that a potential customer may have found available for less elsewhere.
How do I sell my stairlift?
It is inevitable that any stairlift you own will one day need to be removed from your home. Whether the user no longer needs a stairlift, has moved from their property or requires an upgraded model, having the equipment safely dismantled and removed will always be needed at some point.
If you have already reached the stage where you need to make this decision, you may be wondering ‘where can I sell a stairlift?’ so that you can recover a portion of the investment you initially made. It is important to be aware, however, that this can be a tricky process, as many of the leading mobility aid manufacturers do not offer a ‘buy back’ service due to the bespoke nature of their installations. Those that do, meanwhile, may only be prepared to compensate you with a small fraction of the original purchase price.
Nevertheless, selling a used stairlift privately can be an option for those who are particularly keen to get back at least some of the money they previously spent. For more information on this, see the following section.
Who buys used stairlifts?
As explained above, the short answer to the question of ‘who will buy my stairlift?’ is that many people may be interested. Financial limitations and the growth of dedicated online communities mean that purchasing second-hand items has become more popular across a wide range of products, from cars to mobility equipment.
However, it should be noted that there are a number of issues which may make it more difficult for you to turn a profit – even a small one – from disposing of your unwanted stairlift. For example, curved stairlifts are generally custom-built and specially designed for the home in which they are placed, meaning that you are much more likely to have success when trying to sell a straight stairlift.
It is also worth remembering that removing a stairlift is not something that can be done by an amateur with ease or without the risk of incurring some damage to your property. Therefore, you should take great care to ensure that, when arranging to sell a stairlift privately, whoever contacts you with an interest in buying it is at least proficient in the removal of fixtures and fittings, and preferably has a strong prior knowledge of how stairlifts are installed and operated.
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