Mobility scooters, also known as electric wheelchairs, are becoming an essential part of daily life for those over the age of sixty-five, especially for elderly folks with disabilities, joint pains or arthritis. They offer great convenience and portability through easy-to-handle steering, adjustable armrests, wider seats, and an easy disassemble process. With so many mobility scooters on the marketplace, many will ask, “Where can I purchase cheap mobility scooters?”
In general, there are five main locations where you can find mobility scooters. The pricing and brand availability can vary significantly:
1. Local stores that carry medical equipment and supplies
- If you want to see and touch a mobility scooter before buying, a local dealer store is a good choice. However, their pricing is usually higher than the options below unless the dealer is part of the CMS Durable Medical Equipment (DME) supplier list and you have Medicare or Medigap insurance approval to cover a majority of the cost. Thus, if you are looking to purchase cheap mobility scooters, the best bet are the options below. If you are interested in understanding whether Medicare can cover your next mobility scooter purchase, please see our next blog.
2. Online stores that carry multiple brands of mobility scooters. There are a number of online websites found on Google:
These online stores often offer discounts for certain brands and models.
3. Manufacturer direct
- Manufacturers such as Golden Technologies, Pride, Drive, eWheels, Vivi, and other brands all have stores on Amazon or Google Shop for direct transactions. Amazon will sometimes offer discount deals if you are willing to sign up via an Amazon Prime Visa Credit Card.
- Some manufacturers will sell some models directly on their own website. Because these models require less overhead, most will offer good customer deals. One such manufacturer is ElderlyOnline.com
4. Big box retails or pharmacy outlets
These places offer some brand scooters. Unfortunately, most of these scooters are not available in the store for purchase, wherein usually the customers will order it online and they will ship the product to you. Their prices usually are a little bit higher than the manufacturer direct and online stores. One advantage is that they have Employer FSA (Flexible Savings Account) for customers that are eligible for reimbursement. Be sure to check with your employer to make sure this is reimbursable before making a purchase.
5. Used Mobility Scooters. These are also online stores where you can buy used mobility scooters.
- Marcs Mobility
- Hometown Mobility
Before buying a mobility scooter, use this buyer’s guide (insert this link) to determine what kind of mobility scooter best fits your needs. Once you determine the type of mobility scooter to purchase, the next best course of action for buying cheap yet high-quality mobility scooters is go to Manufacture direct and online stores for deals.