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Motobility for electric wheelchair or buy outright?

Suzanne2
Suzanne2 Member Posts: 9 Listener
Good morning, I would welcome some advice. If you get an electric wheelchair on lease from the Motobility Scheme, do you end up paying lots more than buying it outright? I know you get breakdown cover etc included, but it looked to me that you might pay about three times more - does anyone have any experience of this please?

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,867 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    The trouble with the scheme it is only leased and never yours and you need to have your enhanced award for the scheme so if you lose award it is taken away 

    If you can personally I would buy but then you get insurance and stuff 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • Suzanne2
    Suzanne2 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thank you so much, that’s how it seemed to me but I wasn’t sure
  • wilko
    wilko Member Posts: 2,431 Disability Gamechanger
    I have owned my own mobility scooter since receiving my diagnosis and claiming PIP and paying for insurance and replacement tyres, batteries and doing my own puncture repairs ect I am better off money wise and the scooter is mine the same with the car.
  • Suzanne2
    Suzanne2 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Wilko, thank you, that’s good to read
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,655 Disability Gamechanger
    You can sometimes get decent pre-owned.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,867 Disability Gamechanger
    Mine is 2nd hand gifted by a friend 

    Only problem is no warranty or anything and not selected for me but I get good use and will use it till it is no good anymore 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • Suzanne2
    Suzanne2 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    That's great, what a nice friend. I have looked at second hand ones on eBay & might get lucky there, but I think we will need to visit a showroom first & try a few out to see which ones my husband is able to control as he can only use his left hand accurately. We don’t want to run anyone over! 

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