Should you buy a new or second-hand stairlift?

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As with purchasing anything in life, it’s important to look into the pros and cons before committing to buying it. This isn’t any different when looking to buy a new or second-hand stairlift. When buying a stairlift, it’s important to do your research and consider your options before committing to one. There are three main options to choose from – purchasing a new stairlift, buying a second-hand stairlift or renting one. Initially, you may think buying a second-hand stairlift is the most cost-effective way, but that may not necessarily be the best option for you. Buying new has many benefits that could outweigh those of buying a second-hand stairlift. Below we look into the pros of choosing to buy a new or second-hand stairlift.

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Advantages of buying a new stairlift 

Purchasing a new stairlift over a second-hand stairlift has a host of benefits which we explore below.

Latest features and technology 

When buying a new stairlift, you will have the most up-to-date model with the latest technology installed. Every year, manufacturers work to develop the technology of their stairlifts, enabling new capabilities to make your life easier. By buying new, you can take advantage of these technological advancements, allowing for a better experience. 

Better warranty plans

At Premier Community you will benefit from getting the most comprehensive warranty cover for 2 years on a new stairlift purchase. If you opt to buy a second hand reconditioned stairlift, you still benefit from having a warranty plan in place, however, this would be for a reduced period of 12 months. 

You can find the exact stairlift that you require

Purchasing new allows you to get the exact stairlift that will match your requirements. Whether you require a curved or straight stairlift, by ordering new, you can choose the exact specification for you. A reconditioned second-hand stairlift means you are limited to what the company has in stock at that moment.

It doesn’t have any history that could impact performance

If a stairlift is new, it means it doesn’t have a history and comes directly from the manufacturer to your home. A reconditioned second-hand stairlift on the other hand, has been used before. Although a reconditioned stairlift has been refurbished to be as good as new and gone through rigorous testing procedures, you don’t know how it was treated by the previous owner. 

No wear and tear 

The obvious benefit from buying a new stairlift is that there will have been no wear and tear inflicted on it. The rechargeable batteries will not have been drained, hand controls will be completely new and mechanical parts of the stairlift like the seat lock, the motor gearbox will work to the best of their ability. This means that the likelihood of your stairlift lasting longer is very high. 

Advantages of buying a reconditioned second-hand stairlift 

Cost can be a factor when buying a stairlift. This is why it’s no surprise that many opt for a reconditioned second-hand stairlift over purchasing a new one. Reconditioned stairlifts go through a rigorous testing process before being sold to the consumer and parts are replaced if they don’t perform correctly. For this alone, reconditioned stairlifts are certainly worth considering. Below we look into some of the advantages when trying to decide whether you should buy a new or second-hand stairlift…

They are more affordable 

One of the main benefits of purchasing a reconditioned stairlift is the price. When buying a reconditioned scooter, you will find the price is less than when you purchase a new one. The price difference will vary depending on the type of model, the year and its condition. At Premier Community you can buy either a new or second-hand stairlift meaning you are sure to find the right one for you and your budget.

You may get a better spec

If you are after a stairlift with a higher spec or with specific features that tend to be more expensive, a second-hand one can be the best way to get this. While you might not be able to afford a brand-new version, if you buy a reconditioned one, you can benefit from better tech and a lower price point, essentially giving you more for your money.

Better for the environment 

By purchasing a reconditioned stairlift, the environment benefits from your decision too. Companies like Premier Community will recondition stairlifts to avoid them being dumped in a landfill, giving them a second life. By doing this, we can do our bit to have a positive impact on the environment reducing our carbon footprint. 

Excellent Aftercare

When purchasing a reconditioned stairlift from us, you will benefit from our 12-month warranty. This gives you peace of mind that should anything go wrong with your stairlift, we will repair it. From the installation to supporting you with your servicing and repairs, you can rely on us to assist you throughout the process. We are only a quick phone call away!  

Should you buy a new or second-hand stairlift?

The answer to this depends on your circumstance. Buying a new stairlift has its benefits and so does buying a second-hand stairlift. We would always advise setting a budget and seeing what can be purchased within this. When after a stairlift that has the latest technology, will last longer and is covered by a longer warranty, buy new. If your budget isn’t as generous or you aren’t after a specific model, a second-hand stairlift could be for you. 

Whether you are looking to buy a new or second-hand stairlift, contact one of our experts at Premier Community. Their knowledge can help find your ideal stairlift and answer any questions you may have.