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Ableworld can offer customers peace of mind and a number of options to help customers purchase their own scooter.
There are a number of factors to consider when buying a mobility scooter – and Ableworld offers free insurance and market-leading warranties on its new models.
New or second-hand?
Clients should consider whether to buy a new mobility scooter or a second-hand scooter. If it is the customer’s first mobility scooter, then they may wish to test drive a mobility scooter before committing to making a purchase.
Ableworld hire out mobility scooters and the cost of hire can be deducted from the purchase price of a new scooter, so Ableworld customers are able to thoroughly test the product before making a purchase.
Second-hand scooters are not always the cheapest choice, as new scooters can be very reasonably priced, and the cost of repairs and replacement parts needed for second-hand scooters can be surprisingly high. Like anything, if a mobility scooter is not looked after properly then there will be problems.
What to look out for
The Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is the brains to a mobility scooter and it can get wet if the scooter is not stored properly or if the user has been driving through deep puddles. If the PCB is damaged then it can be very expensive to replace and often the faults are intermittent, so there will be a period of unreliability leading up to the inevitable replacement of the PCB.
Batteries also play a key role with a mobility scooter, and it is important that the correct batteries are fitted in the scooter and fitted properly. Batteries also need to be charged correctly and will usually need replacing if the correct procedures have not previously been followed.
Check weight limits
Mobility scooters also have recommended user weight limits so buyers must select a scooter based on their own weight; if you buy a second-hand scooter from someone who was heavier than the limit on that model, this could lead to a wide range of issues, some could be potentially serious if the product is damaged structurally.
A trusted provider
By purchasing a brand-new mobility scooter from Ableworld, many of these worries and issues can be avoided, especially during the period when customers are getting used to using their new product.
All Ableworld scooters come with six months’ free insurance to protect customers from any unforeseen issues until they have had the opportunity to check if their scooter is covered by their home insurance policy.
Ableworld scooters start from £649 (exc. VAT which is seldom charged) and come with a market-leading two-year warranty. All of this provides peace of mind that you will not get from purchasing a mobility scooter second-hand.
Ableworld is the UK’s No 1 mobility retailer and have many mobility scooters in store which can be tested before purchase.
The trained Ableworld staff will explain the various differences between a boot scooter, which comes apart to make it easier to lift into a car or, a road scooter with headlights and high mileage range. Customers can also test scooters with a range of extras, including suspension.
Additionally, Ableworld have in-store engineers who are available to help maintain scooters and provide regular free battery testing and advice. Finance options are also available to help spread the cost of purchasing a mobility scooter and trained Ableworld staff can confidentiality process your enquiry within minutes.
If you are also looking to buy your first mobility scooter then Ableworld hire them out and the money that you spend renting one can then be refunded when you purchase a new scooter. This offer allows customers the ability to test a scooter before committing to a purchase.
For more details about mobility scooters then visit Ableworld at 130 Cherry Tree Road, Blackpool, FY4 4TH or tel 01253 335614 or see https://blackpool.ableworld.co.uk