Where To Find High Quality Used Wheelchairs

Used wheelchairs can picked up for very reasonable prices, due largely to the fact that the technology of wheelchair design is constantly improving. There are new models constantly being produced which exceed the specifications of previous ones, especially with the battery weight and capacity, and this means that the used market is constantly being fed with wheelchairs which are still perfectly usable, as those that can afford to constantly upgrade. By careful study of the used market, you can pick up excellent wheelchairs at bargain prices.

It is important to understand the history of the market in old wheelchairs, because this will tell you why the current time is one of exceptional opportunity. The wheelchair has been a fixture in the lives of disabled people for centuries, long before the development of electricity. The models were relatively standardized and little changed for a long time. There was a market in used chairs, but many people kept their existing chairs until they wore out as there was little or no incentive to change them. When electrically powered chairs were introduced, the market immediately began to change.

Once electrically powered chairs were introduced, it was inevitable that those who could afford one would take advantage. This was also sure to lead to a significant number of old mechanical wheelchairs coming on to the market as they were replaced. Since that time, the pattern has perpetuated endlessly as new developments have occurred. Each time that a new development occurs, there is always going to be a percentage of owners who will want to sell their existing chair. There are also rental chairs which become obsolete, and which are then sold on to the open market, sometimes in large quantities.

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Another factor in the development of the market in used wheelchairs is the portability, which has been improved greatly in recent years. The use of lighter and stronger alloys has meant that frames can be folded and chairs stored for transportation, and many who have owned chairs with heavier frames are prepared to buy the new models and sell off the old ones. Anyone who just wants a chair to use in their own local area, and who has no real desire to travel that often, will find that the heavier chairs are perfectly good for their purposes. With the improvement of transportation facilities, most journeys can be made by people with any type of wheelchair.

The search for good previously owned wheelchairs is far easier than it was in days gone by. There are several potential sources, many of which did not even exist in previous eras. Traditional retail stores are still a good choice, because the proprietors know that they can make more money by offering a trade in on old models. They can then sell those old models to people in need of a used chair. Using this type of retail outlet gives you one great advantage, in that you are able to try out a chair and see if it is a good fit for you before you buy it.

It is also possible to find many used wheelchairs on the Internet, both through classified advertisements and the online auction sites. The classifieds can give you the opportunity to pick up a chair in your own local area, which could be important to you. Most of the chairs sold on the auction sites are sold at a distance, and the expense of transportation and delivery needs to be added on. It can still often be worth paying this extra money, as there is always the potential for a bargain. You can leave low bids on a succession of used wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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City agrees to make The Pier more handicap accessible - Santa Monica Daily Press

City agrees to make The Pier more handicap accessible
Santa Monica Daily Press
A grandfather's desire to share a ride on the carousel with his grandson prompted the lawsuit behind a $108,000 settlement with the city and changes coming to The Pier. On Tuesday, the City Council voted to settle with resident Barry Atwood and make .

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Thieves steal Milwaukee family's wheelchair-accessible van for their kids on Christmas - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thieves steal Milwaukee family's wheelchair-accessible van for their kids on Christmas
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Milwaukee family's handicap-accessible van containing two wheelchairs was stolen on Christmas morning and found burned days later. Imelda Figueroa said her husband and father were loading the wheelchairs into the van, which was running, and had just .

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'Paralyzed bride' has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking spaces - News & Observer

News & Observer

'Paralyzed bride' has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking spaces
News & Observer
Rachelle Friedman Chapman EUR known by many as EURœthe paralyzed brideEUR EUR is calling attention to the way people park in and around handicap-accessible spaces. Chapman, who lives in Knightdale, shared a recent experience in a Facebook post Wednesday showing .

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Ibrahim Abu Thuraya: Disabled Palestinian activist shot dead by Israeli troops in Jerusalem protest - The Independent

The Independent

Ibrahim Abu Thuraya: Disabled Palestinian activist shot dead by Israeli troops in Jerusalem protest
The Independent
A Palestinian activist who lost his legs in an air strike has been shot dead by Israeli troops as he protested against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Wheelchair-bound Ibraheem Abu Thuraya, 29, was one of four Palestinians .

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Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van - NBC 10 Philadelphia

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van
NBC 10 Philadelphia
Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van. EURœIt meant a lot just for me to get out the house. Instead of my daughter just seeing me in here, in the bed or the chair, she could see me outside in the park.EUR By David Chang. Published at 12:07 .

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San Miguel Fire Dept. Raising Funds for Family Who Lost . - NBC 7 San Diego

NBC 7 San Diego

San Miguel Fire Dept. Raising Funds for Family Who Lost .
NBC 7 San Diego
The San Miguel Fire Department is drawing community awareness to a GoFundMe page set up for a family of nearly two dozen, many of whom have special needs, that suffered damage to their home and handicap.

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Think SLO is accessible to all? Spend a week in a wheelchair and find out - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Think SLO is accessible to all? Spend a week in a wheelchair and find out
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
The new SLO Airport terminal opened without a functioning elevator. I made inquiries regarding access for mobility-limited travelers. The responses distilled to EURœit's not our faultEUR and EURœwe meet the standards.EUR Several ideas were presented that would .

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Letter To The Editor: Wheelchair accessibility - Pawhuska Journal Capital

Letter To The Editor: Wheelchair accessibility
Pawhuska Journal Capital
Until you have experienced the pain of having a loved one in a wheelchair you have no clue as to the problems that society presents. The EURœAmerican Disability ActEUR was supposed to provide access to all public places for use by a debilitated person in a .

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