Used Wheelchairs Guide

Used Wheelchair For Sale? Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide (2019)

Basic manual wheelchairs can be found on the Internet for as little as $150.00. But one that matches your specific needs may cost into the thousands.

Despite these high prices, for many with mobility impairments, a wheelchair is the only option. But there is one little trick you can use to get a high-quality wheelchair at a lower price:

Have you ever thought of the benefits to be obtained by a good used wheelchair? Like all good used medical equipment, used wheelchairs are high-quality and a lot more affordable than new models.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Used Wheelchair

The market is flooded with fine used wheelchairs, and many are still as good as new. A used wheelchair can cost a fraction of the price of a new model, and in most cases, will give the same excellent service as a new wheelchair.

When considering the purchase of a used wheelchair, whether, from a private seller or a business, it’s particularly important to make sure it’s in good condition. It’s hard to damage a good wheelchair, so the odds are that the used wheelchair you’re considering is in at least reasonable condition. 

That said, always check the tires/wheels make sure they’re not too worn! Although, in most cases, they will be replaceable anyway.

Close Up of Wheelchair Tire

An ex-client of my mine found a titanium wheelchair that new, would have cost over $2,000. She got it for $400 at an estate sale!

One of the advantages you have when buying a used wheelchair is that you can — and should — be prepared to negotiate. 

Where to Find Used Wheelchairs For Sale Near You

  1. Yard Sales
    You can quite easily find them at yard sales.
  2. Thrift Store
    Some wheelchairs end up getting donated to a thrift store. St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores are good places to look, and if you’re unable to pay for a wheelchair, they may still be able to assist you.
  3. Goodwill
    Goodwill also seems always to have used wheelchairs available. You’d be amazed at the walkers and wheelchairs that turn up in Goodwill stores. Most of their wheelchairs go for less than $40, and they periodically lower the price on all items until they’re sold. 
  4. Auction Houses
    Auction houses sometimes sell wheelchairs, but it’s easy to get caught up in the bidding process and pay more than you should. More often than not, you’ll find something you want when you’re looking for something else. 
  5. Medical Equipment Liquidation Sales
    Medical equipment liquidation sales can be a useful source for used wheelchairs.
  6. Classified Ads
    Classified ads in newspapers may announce a sale, but classified ads are less popular these days due to the Internet. 
  7. The Internet
    And you can look for used wheelchairs on the Internet, just be careful of the shipping costs! 

How to Buy Used Wheelchairs on Amazon (Online Shopping)

Most wheelchairs listed on Amazon are new, but there are some exceptions!

Sometimes a wheelchair is brand new but has suffered some minor damage in transit or testing. If the wheelchair is listed as an “open box,” you can usually get a good chunk of the RRP off. There are also some wheelchair resellers on Amazon.

For example, we are a big fan of the Drive Medical Poly Fly Lightweight Transport Wheelchair. If we want to find an “open box” or used model, we find the product page and then select “open box” from the dropdown menu, or by contacting the manufacturer directly. From there, we can learn all about the specific model we’re interested in:

Used DM Lightweight Transport Wheelchair Overview

Drive Medical Poly Fly Light Weight Transport Chair Wheelchair with...
  • Wheelchairs & Accessories
  • Pollywog Wheelchair/Transport Combination Chair 16
  • Made in: United States

This Combo wheelchair is around $160 cheaper than it is “in the box”. Marked “buy open box” this chair means that it suffered some minor damage either during shipment or has been returned for some reason. This 18-inch wide wheelchair is two wheelchairs in one. This model comes with two sets of wheel locks. The one is for use as a standard wheelchair, and the other is for use as a transport chair.

Removing the 24-inch wheels is fast and easy, and in seconds you go from a self-propelled wheelchair to a transport wheelchair.

The back can be folded down, and besides that, the chair is easily foldable for transport in the trunk of a vehicle or storage in a closet.

Conclusion

Because Medicare is less likely to approve the purchase of a wheelchair these days, many seniors who are in desperate need of a wheelchair find it very difficult to afford to pay for one out of their limited income.

If you have or know someone who has a wheelchair they’re not using, we urge you to donate it, as well as any other medical equipment to a charity of your choice.

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Margaret Sellars
Margaret Sellars
Occupational Therapist Margaret Sellars contributes to Mobility Deck as an expert on mobility products like wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers. Newly retired, Margaret spends her spare time doing freelance writing from the comfort of her home in Maine. Given her extensive knowledge and professional background, Margaret does the vast majority of the writing for Mobility Deck - so if you have non-tech related questions, she's the one to ask!
Margaret Sellars
Margaret Sellars
Occupational Therapist Margaret Sellars contributes to Mobility Deck as an expert on mobility products like wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers. Newly retired, Margaret spends her spare time doing freelance writing from the comfort of her home in Maine. Given her extensive knowledge and professional background, Margaret does the vast majority of the writing for Mobility Deck - so if you have non-tech related questions, she's the one to ask!

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