For many people who invest in stairlifts, buying brand new devices can seem very costly and not worth the investment. Some of the top brands can charge anything upwards of £10,000 for a brand new piece of equipment with many modern features, and this is stretching the budget too far for many people.
Thankfully, reconditioned stairlifts are also very popular, and provide a low cost option that can better suit the budgets of many people. These items have already been used by other people, but after being uninstalled they have been repaired using quality parts and made fully functional once again.
However, when buying reconditioned stairlifts it is very important to keep a few important points in mind to ensure that you get the best quality product and the best user experience. If you are considering buying used equipment, follow these guidelines to get best results and the most out of your investment.
Firstly, make sure that you check the age of the product that that you are buying. This is not necessarily an important factor in regards to the quality and functionality of the device, because many older devices have had little use and are therefore in immaculate condition; however, there is another important age-related factor to consider.
This is that spare parts are much harder to get the older the lift is. This is because brands will phase out their older models and parts for older models, meaning that prices can rise or non-ideal parts will be substituted. This can mean that older reconditioned stairlifts can end up being more costly and more difficult to repair if you face a problem.
Of course, if you plan to use your device only for a couple of years then this may not necessarily be an issue. However, if you intend to invest in a device that lasts many years, you may find that if your used item is already hard to get parts for, in ten years time it might actually be impossible.
The second factor that you should be aware of is that used curved stairlifts can be an attractive option, but it is very hard to find an exact match. There are many reputable stairlift companies providing used curved stairlift options, but the reality is that you may have to search far and wide for a great fit on your staircase.
If you cannot find a second hand curved device, it is important to consider other options, such as the implementation of two used straight lifts with a transfer platform on your stairwell. This can provide a used option that fits within your budget but is also very convenient.
The other option is to look for a great deal on a brand new curved device, and there are many reputable stairlift dealers offering these. However, there is still the possibility to invest in a used curved lift – just make sure that it meets all your specifications and that it really fits your home perfectly.
Finally, the third and final thing to check is whether or not official brand parts have been used to replace any broken aspects of the used device that you have purchased. As mentioned above, the right parts for reconditioned stairlifts are harder to obtain the older the equipment is, and it is possible that some ‘less than ideal’ parts have been used in the repair.
Even if non-brand parts have been used this does not mean the device is a waste of money, but you should reasonably expect a discount and to factor in whether or not it will be easy or difficult to get replacement parts in the future if something goes wrong.