New Stairlift vs Reconditioned Stair Lifts

17th November 2011

Buying a stairlift can be quite expensive and its not something that we do everyday. Both new and reconditioned stairlifts have their pros and cons. We have put together some tips to help you decide.

Reconditioned Stairlifts – Advantages

Price is obviously the main advantage with a reconditioned stairlift. A reconditioned stairlift will usually be much cheaper than a brand new stairlift. At One Stop Mobility we offer great reconditioned stairtlifts at great prices. All our reconditioned stairlifts are less than 3 years old and have been rigoursly checked over and refurbished.  

Reconditioned Stairlifts- Disadvantages

In many ways, buying a secondhand stairlift can be as reliable as buying a new one. However, there are a number of disadvantages that you need to be aware of.

1. If it’s a curved track you need it will be virtually impossible to find secondhand curved track for a stairlift as they need to be bespoke made to fit the flight of stairs. However we can offer you a bespoke made track with a reconditioned chair which greatly reduces the cost.

2. If you buy a secondhand stairlift make sure you buy from a reputable stairlift company to ensure you receive a comprehensive aftercare service.

3. Faults are more common in used models. If your supplier has not provided a comprehensive warranty this can be expensive. However experience has lead us to fitting only the most reliable models on  the market to minimise this risk.

6. Finding replacement parts for secondhand models can be difficult, especially if the model is no longer available. This is why at One Stop mobility we only fit the latest stairlift model, never more than 3 years old.

Overview

If you are going to buy a reconditioned stair lift make sure you buy it from a reputable stairlift dealer. Make sure the stairlift comes with a comprehensive warranty. Also make sure the stairlift has been rigorously checked and all worn parts have been replaced.

New Stairlifts – Advantages

1.       They are obviously newer so they will probably be in better condition than a secondhand stairlift

2.       They tend to be more realiable when they are new

3.       Parts are easier to come by if the stairlift is a new model

New Stairlifts – Disadvantages

1.       Again the price is the obvious disadvantage as a new stairlift will be more expensive than a reconditioned stairlift