Buying second-hand disability equipment can be a good way to save money and get the products you need for daily living. Check our advice before you buy.
Before you buy
If your aim is to save money, check whether second-hand is the cheapest option. There could be hidden charges, such as delivery costs. The equipment may also no longer be under the manufacturer’s guarantee so you might need to pay for repairs or maintenance. Find out where you can get this.
Find out if you can get the equipment you need for free or by paying a small deposit to borrow it. Certain items like walking aids, wheelchairs and mobility scooters may be available to use for short periods from the NHS or the Red Cross.
It’s also worth finding out if products are being given away or recycled. If someone is no longer using equipment, they might be happy to give it or lend it to you for free.
Always be vigilant for scammers. If an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is. If you have read several negative reviews or cannot find information about the retailer or seller, consider avoiding them.
Where to buy used disability equipment
There are many ways to find used disability equipment.
Local disability charities often sell used equipment so it’s worth looking for one near you.
Equipment manufacturers may sell their used products so it’s worth asking them.
Local newspapers have sales sections and classified ads. It’s worth checking local community boards as people often use them to advertise items for sale.
If you’re using a credit or debit card, items costing over £100 and under £30,000 are covered under the Consumer Credit Act. This means the credit card company has equal responsibility with the seller if there are any problems with the items you’ve bought.