Where Can You Buy a Wheelchair?

Where Can You Buy a Wheelchair?

Wheelchairs are one of the most reliable and popular mobility aids available. Now, have you ever thought about where you could buy one if you need to? Luckily, you won’t have to go far or go through many hoops to get the right one you need, whether it’s for you or a loved one. Below is a list of where you can buy a wheelchair. 

Online Retailers

Online retailers that do not have physical store locations are the best options if you are buying online. Buying a wheelchair online, from retailers such as EasyGo Mobility, are generally less expensive to purchase from since there are no overhead costs associated with operating their business. These types of companies do not have showrooms to upkeep, generally keep stock in a warehouse connected to their offices, and only need minimal staff to run efficiently. In fact, some online retailers are said to offer the highest level of customer service to their customers before and after any purchases are made. 

There are plenty of reputable online mobility aid retailers so be sure to do your research. Some mobility aids offered online can also be found at various mobility dealers and showrooms nationwide, but buyers beware. You could end up paying more than you would online since the mobility aid dealer needs to collect a profit from the sale as well. You also may end up purchasing a used or discontinued item that is no longer supported by the manufacturer. Some online retailers also offer financing to make the wheelchairs they sell more affordable by splitting the full cost into monthly payments.

Best Selling Wheelchair

Amazon

These days, it seems like you can get anything and everything you need on Amazon. Amazon does offer a large variety of wheelchairs and other mobility aids from many different brands. While Amazon has become one of the most trusted names in online retail, you should have caution when shopping for mobility aids on Amazon and related sites. You don’t always know what you are getting. Some items may be cheap knockoffs of other popular brands. While others are nothing like what was advertised. Amazon customers also report that items are bigger or smaller than advertised. Sometimes, there is no clear and easy way to contact the seller to resolve this. This can cause these types of retailers to be not as trustworthy.

If you decide to shop on Amazon, make sure you are purchasing from a reputable brand or do your research on who is selling the item. You could also run into issues with shipping and receiving. Many sellers on Amazon are selling items from different countries and this can affect how long you wait for your purchase. Your purchase may have to go through Customs and Border Control and could take additional time to get to you. The more time your item is in transit, the more it is at risk of arriving to you damaged. This should also be considered when you are buying on Amazon. Try to find a seller who is in the U.S. and uses a trustworthy carrier to deliver your order.

Showrooms and Mobility Aid Stores

Showrooms and mobility aid retail stores are among the most popular spots to buy a wheelchair and other mobility aids. They usually have a large selection of different wheelchairs and mobility aids. They usually offer multiple brands and options that you can test out. Since purchasing a wheelchair is an investment, showrooms and stores offer a great opportunity to try out different wheelchairs and find the one that is best for you. You could end up leaving with the perfect wheelchair for you.

As mentioned previously, showrooms and mobility aid stores that carry products from other brands usually charge more. The reason for this is that the profit made on the wheelchair sale needs to be split among multiple parties. Profits are usually split between the mobility company that provided the chair to the store and the dealer who works for the showroom/store that sells the wheelchair. In addition, the sales rep could also be collecting a commission on the sale which can also drive up the price you end up paying. They could also upsell you an extended warranty to try and drive the price higher. These types of retailers also sell used and working older models of wheelchairs and mobility aids at low prices. However, used and older models of wheelchairs may not be covered under any warranties. They may be discontinued by the manufacturer and no longer supported or in some instances, the company or manufacturer has gone out of business, and no one can be reached. Showrooms and mobility aid stores are still great options and reputable sources for wheelchairs and mobility aids.

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Second-hand

Buying a wheelchair from a secondhand source is not without its pros and cons. Wheelchairs that are sold second-hand at thrift or second-hand shops, garage or yard sales and showrooms and mobility aid stores as previously mentioned. You may even get one from a friend, family member or coworker who has one that they no longer need. Sometimes, you may be able to find a working used wheelchair priced far cheaper than a new one. You can’t beat a great deal! If the wheelchair is made by a reputable company that is still in business, you may even be able to reach them for support. Most companies will still assist with questions about operating and getting new parts such as wheels and batteries. 

In some instances, when buying a wheelchair secondhand, you must consider that there are no guarantees. What you purchase may not continue to work as long as you need it to. The battery life may be nearing its end. And, if the manufacturer is no longer in business, you may not be able to get the right battery replacement. In addition, replacing wheelchair batteries is expensive. You also should consider that a used wheelchair may not work right. It could have damages caused by wear and tear and may be out of the scope of the warranty. Speaking of warranties, used wheelchairs usually don’t have one, because in most cases they have expired or are non-transferable.

Insurance

Medical insurance is trusted by millions to assist with the purchase of a wheelchair. Your medical insurance has direct communication with your doctor about your health and medical needs. This line of communication provides an efficient way for your PCP to advise your insurance on what you need. This helps your insurance decide which wheelchairs and mobility aids to offer. When insurance agrees to provide you with a wheelchair, they will either cover a portion of or the full cost of the wheelchair. Since your doctor provides details on the functionality you need in a wheelchair, insurance will offer you wheelchairs and mobility aids that will best fit your needs. 

Sometimes, the wheelchair or mobility aid you want may not get coverage by your insurance company. Depending on the wheelchair, your insurance may choose to deny the request. Or, only pay a small amount. This usually results in the customer paying for most of the chair. Insurance does not usually cover wheelchairs that are easily portable, foldable, and lightweight as they do not always offer everything the customer needs based on guidance from their doctor. However, certain companies, including online retailers, will work with your insurance on covering as much of the cost as possible. 

With all this considered, it is no wonder why so many people rely on their medical insurance for help with buying wheelchairs and mobility aids.

We Hope This Helps!

We hope the options we provided help you in your journey to find the perfect wheelchair for you. Wheelchairs can be a big investment and knowing where to buy them is key to getting the right one. Be sure to take all pros and cons into consideration and do as much research as needed to figure out which route you want to take. Also, take as much time as needed and do not let pesky sales reps rush you into a decision you could end up regretting. If you liked what you saw on our website, www.easygomobility.com, feel free to call 1-833-709-3499 to learn more. Thank you for choosing EasyGo Mobility!

The 8 Most Reputable Wheelchair Companies

The 8 Most Reputable Wheelchair Companies

Whether you are looking for your first or your 5th wheelchair, you want to ensure you are looking for the most reputable wheelchair companies. With so many different options online, it can be difficult to find companies that have truthful reviews and high-quality products. This is exactly why we have put together this list of the 8 most reputable wheelchair companies, in hopes of helping you choose the best companies to trust with your mobility.

 

In no particular order.

1. EasyGo Mobility

Our company, EasyGo Mobility is an industry leader in foldable and travel-friendly electric wheelchairs. EasyGo’s head office is located in Tonawanda, New York. Our CEO has been in the mobility aid business for over 17 years, where he realized there were a limited number of options of trustworthy and reputable companies on the market. Especially when you are looking at foldable electric wheelchairs. That’s how EasyGo was born! Currently, we have two different models of portable power chairs, the Elite and the Standard models. With the Elite being our best-selling model. Our wheelchairs are unique, due to their lightweight design, ability to fold into the size of a suitcase, and lithium-ion batteries making them safe to take onto an airplane. In addition, we offer a 3-year warranty on our wheelchairs.

EasyGo Folding Power Chair
Elite Folding Power Chair

2. Pride Mobility

Pride Mobility is one of the top powered mobility providers in the world, with over 25 years of experience. Their head office is in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada. They also do most of the manufacturing in the United States, which a lot of Americans enjoy. Pride Mobility offers a wide range of products, including lift chairs, scooters, and of course electric wheelchairs. Warranties range from 13 months to 5 years, depending on the part of the wheelchair and the model. Their most popular electric wheelchair model is the Pride Go Chair.

3. Golden Technologies

Next on our list of the most reputable wheelchair companies, we have Golden Technologies. Golden Technologies is well known for its compact electric wheelchairs like the Lite Rider Envy. Their headquarters is located in Old Forge, PA, and they started as a small family-owned and operated company that has bloomed into one of the largest and most reputable wheelchair companies in America.

4. Shoprider

If you have ever looked into purchasing an electric wheelchair, there is a good chance that you have heard of Shoprider. Shoprider is a leading manufacturer when it comes to large power wheelchairs. They do offer one wheelchair that is portable, the Smartie, but other than this model, most are very large although some may disassemble. If you’re curious about disassembling wheelchairs versus folding wheelchairs and which is better, check out this article. Shoprider’s headquarters is located in Torrance, CA. 

Most Reputable Wheelchair Companies

5. Drive Devilbiss

Drive Devilbiss, sometimes known as Drive Medical or just Drive, proclaims that they are leading the world with innovative healthcare solutions. They are another very popular brand in America. Drive provides a variety of medical equipment, including walkers, rollators, scooters, and power wheelchairs. Their most popular models of power wheelchairs are the Trident HD and Cirrus Plus HD. Again, these wheelchairs are pretty bulky so they may not be ideal if you want to put them in your vehicle. Their headquarters is located in Washington NY.

6. Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical is well-known for its mobility scooter brand, Fortress. Their wheelchairs are a little lesser known. They offer a variety of heavy-duty and tilting wheelchairs, which as you can imagine, cost a pretty penny. A lot of Americans that require tilting wheelchairs try to get coverage via insurance, disability programs, or finance them through payment plans. Their headquarters is located in Fresno, CA.

7. Hoveround

Next up on our list of the 8 most reputable wheelchair companies, we have Hoveround. Hoveround sells a variety of brands, including their very own Hoveround power wheelchair. Their brand of wheelchairs is more “medical” looking, with light grey seats, wheels, and parts of the frame. Hoveround offers wheelchairs with a variety of weight capacities. Their headquarters is located in Sarasota, Florida.

8. Invacare

Last but not least is Invacare. Invacare is a globally recognized brand specializing in a variety of medical equipment. Over the last few years, they have shifted their focus from mobility scooters to electric wheelchairs and other products. In fact, they discontinued all of their mobility scooters, which was quite shocking to their brand-loyal consumers. They offer three main wheelchairs. First, the AVIVA, a tilting wheelchair. The Storm Series is a bariatric wheelchair. And the TDX Series, which is a middle-of-the-line series. Their headquarters is located in Elyria, Ohio.

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Last Words

With so many wheelchair companies on the market, it can be very difficult to choose the most reputable wheelchair companies to trust. We hope that this list helps you narrow down your options. As always, if you have any questions about EasyGo Mobility, do not hesitate to reach out.

Folding Wheelchair or Disassembling Wheelchair: Which is Better for Your Mobility Needs?

Folding Wheelchair or Disassembling Wheelchair: Which is Better for Your Mobility Needs?

Deciding between folding electric wheelchairs or disassembling wheelchairs can be tricky. You want the power chair that is the most hassle-free, budget-friendly, and durable. But, the search for the perfect portable power chair gets overwhelming with all of the options on the market. Luckily, we are going to be breaking down the pros and cons of folding electric wheelchairs and disassembling wheelchairs to help you choose the best option. First, we are going to go over folding electric wheelchairs.

Folding Electric Wheelchair

Like the name implies, a folding electric wheelchair folds in just a few steps. There is an example of the EasyGo folding electric wheelchair below. When this chair is folded, it becomes the size of a small suitcase or carry-on, making it easy to transport. In fact, it can fit in the trunk of most vehicles. These chairs tend to be lighter than disassembling electric wheelchairs, meaning they are easier for low-motility individuals to move without help. 

Pros

  • Folds and unfolds in seconds.
  • Lightweight, making it easy to load into the trunk of a vehicle. If you are unable to lift the chair, handy EasyLoad vehicle climbers can assist.
  • Airline, cruise, and travel friendly with lithium ion batteries.

Cons

  • Foldable electric wheelchairs typically weigh between 40 and 50 pounds. This means that there could be a learning curve when you are trying to load it into your vehicle for the first time, but again there are accessories to assist.

Disassembling Wheelchairs

Disassembling electric wheelchairs typically breaks down into three to five separate parts. They can be broken down by twisting off parts, unscrewing parts, or unhinging parts. As you can imagine, a lot of individuals who are needing mobility help won’t be able to take apart their chairs on their own. This is because it takes quite a bit of mobility. Additionally, it can take upwards of 10 minutes to disassemble these chairs. And, if it’s not put back together correctly it can be dangerous. 

Pros 

  • These chairs generally have higher weight limits than folding power chairs.
  • Each piece individually weighs less than 36 pounds, which can be helpful if you have more dexterity but prefer lightweight pieces.
  • If you have someone to assist you, this chair can be practical for everyday use.

Cons

  • Difficult to disassemble if you have mobility and/or dexterity limitations.
  • More expensive than foldable electric wheelchairs, with some being twice as expensive.
  • The individual pieces are more likely to get lost and/or damaged when the chair is broken down, meaning you could be spending even more over the years trying to keep your chair in good condition.

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Which is Best?

If simplicity, affordability, independence, and travel-friendly are what you’re looking for, I think the winner here is a no-brainer. With almost 20 years of experience, we have seen first-hand how the pros of foldable power chairs outweigh the pros of power chairs that can be disassembled. As a result, foldable power chairs are a great way to get your independence back. 

EasyGo Mobility Folding Power Chairs

Now that you’re sold on getting a foldable power chair over a take apart electric wheelchair, you’re probably wondering what the best foldable power chair is. Don’t worry, we have you covered. EasyGo Mobility offers two variations of the folding power chair, the Elite Model and the Standard Model. Both of these chairs are great options, folding in 2 seconds. Their unique lithium ion batteries ensure that you get a lot of power, and durability, in addition to being more eco-friendly and safe to take on a plane. 

Wrapping up

As you can see, there are a number of differences between folding electric wheelchairs and wheelchairs that can be taken apart. The best one for you depends on what you value, your budget, and other considerations. If you have any questions about folding electric wheelchairs don’t hesitate to give us a call at +1-833-709-3499 or send us an email to cs@easygomobility.com

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Wheelchair

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Wheelchair

Buying a wheelchair is a big decision, whether it’s your first or fifth. You want to ensure that your new wheelchair checks all of your boxes while staying within your budget. And, with all of the options out there, it can seem overwhelming trying to decide where and how to purchase your wheelchair. Luckily for you, we have written this ultimate guide to buying a wheelchair to make your life a little easier.

Price

Let’s face it, the price of a wheelchair is one of the main factors that most people consider when buying a wheelchair. If you are choosing between two wheelchairs, the cheaper option is most likely the one you will choose. My best advice is to make a note of all of the features that are a need for you, and some that you may just want. Look for a wheelchair that checks all of the boxes that you need, and take your wants into consideration when it comes to price. 

Durability

As I alluded to before, wheelchairs are an investment. So, you want it to last for a few seasons. I recommend checking out the wheelchair’s reviews, whether it is on their website or on Google. This way, you can get an understanding of what their current clients are saying about their wheelchair. In addition, it’s important that you consider what the wheelchair was designed for. Wheelchairs that are meant for casual use would not bode well against gravel roads and hilly terrains every day.

Accessories

Another point that you should consider is if the wheelchair has accessories or can be compatible with accessories. If you are using this wheelchair on a daily basis, you’ll want comfort accessories, like an extra soft cushion. Or, if you’re planning on using this wheelchair to travel with, you might want to consider a travel bag or scratch-resistant pad to prevent damage to the chair and your vehicle when loading it.

Comfort

Of course, if you are spending a lot of time sitting, being comfortable is a must. A lot of companies offer extra support cushions to make users even more comfortable. As a result, wheelchair users can enjoy being out of the house for longer periods of time. You also want to ensure that the seat dimensions will fit your needs, and that you will have enough leg room to be comfortable. 

Style

Although style might not be on everyone’s checklist, it is on most. Unfortunately, some may not feel comfortable in their own skin while in a wheelchair. So, it can be important to consider what the wheelchair looks like prior to purchasing. Oftentimes we see interesting colours like red and black, to make a sleek look that everyone would enjoy. 

Travel-Friendly Features

Travel-friendly wheelchairs are becoming more and more popular among wheelchair users. That is because they are more convenient for those who are looking to travel. Whether it be loading it into your vehicle for daily tasks, or taking it on a plane, or even a cruise, travel-friendly features are important for a lot of users. Travel-friendly features include lithium-ion batteries, foldability, and lightweight frame to make it easy to pick up. Here is a video showing how easy travel-friendly wheelchairs can be.

Customer Support

When you are looking at buying a wheelchair, you want superb customer service. Live chat, phone support, and email support are all great examples of what a company should use to support their customers. In addition, it’s important to find a company that will still support you after your purchase. If you have any questions along the way, you don’t want to wait on hold before getting help. 

Specifications

I mentioned a bit about specifications under comfort, but specifications are so important that they deserve their own section. While seat width and footrest height are important, it doesn’t stop there. Other specifications that you should consider are ground clearance, tire size, and speed. These specifications will help your chair be more sturdy and durable for your daily needs. As an example, higher ground-to-foot clearance will mean that you can go over larger bumps and hills easier. But, some people don’t look at that specification.

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Don’t…

In this day in age, you will see wheelchairs being sold on sites like Amazon or AliExpress. While these online stores can have great products, they are not the best place to buy a wheelchair. Oftentimes these retailers can have untrustworthy sellers who are just trying to make a quick buck, and not trying to help someone. When buying mobility equipment online, it’s best to steer clear of companies like these and go for a company that aims to help those in need. 

Final Words

As you know, there are a lot of considerations that you need to be aware of when making your decision. With all of the options there are on the market, it can be overwhelming learning all about certain features and companies while staying under your budget. If you’re looking for a highly durable, travel-friendly, and affordable wheelchair, make sure you take a look at EasyGo Power Chairs! If you have any questions along the way we are happy to help, don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Before Your EasyGo Power Chair Ships….

Before Your EasyGo Power Chair Ships….

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes after you click checkout and submit your order for an EasyGo Power Chair? Well, we’re going to tell you! Let us put your mind at ease so you are confident in knowing that you are doing business with an honest and trusted company.

At EasyGo Mobility, we are dedicated to providing high-quality power chairs to our customers. So, we take all the extra steps to make sure we live up to that.

Order Processing and Preparation

After we receive and process your order, typically within 1 business day, your paid invoice is sent to our warehouse. This is where our team prepares your power chair. Once your order has been fully processed and your power chair has been thoroughly inspected, we schedule your EasyGo power chair to be picked up, shipped, and delivered to you.

Your invoice is reviewed by our warehouse team to find out which model of power chair you ordered. In addition to what side your joystick is to be mounted on, and whether any accessories were ordered so we can install them or include them with your power chair. 

Once these details are collected, the pre-delivery inspection begins. During our pre-delivery inspection, we inspect every part of the power chair to make sure everything works as expected and to ensure nothing is faulty or damaged.

The Inspection Begins….

Our chairs come fully assembled and already fully boxed from our manufacturer. We start by removing the EasyGo from the box and unfolding the power chair completely. All foldable parts of your EasyGo are checked to ensure they fold as expected. We check the backrest, the footplate and the anti-tipping wheels. And, the entire frame to ensure everything folds and unfolds as it should. 

The harness/strap/seatbelt is checked to make sure it can adjust, is installed properly, and securely fastens as all seatbelts should.

Next, we check the neutral feature. With the chair powered off, we unlock the brakes of the rear driving wheels and push the chair manually to ensure there are no issues with manual operation.

Battery and Hardware checks

We then move on to the battery and its charger. The battery comes installed so we remove it to ensure it can be removed as designed. We then slide the battery back in the chair and power on the chair. If the chair turns on, we know that the battery is installed properly. We then pull the battery out again and make sure the charger provided works. Once the charger is plugged into an outlet, we plug the charger into the back of the battery to ensure it charges. We then plug the charger into the charging port located under the joystick. This ensures both charging ports, the charger, the power chair, and the battery all work together and properly. 

 The armrests are checked to ensure the padding is attached securely. We adjust the arm rests to make sure they are working before adjusting them back to their original position. In addition, we also check to make sure all the hardware such as the bolts, screws and caps are secure.

Time to Test Drive!

Before the EasyGo power chair goes back in the box, we test drive it to make sure everything works. We ensure there are no issues with driving and operation. We also use this opportunity to ensure the joystick is properly connected. Our team checks all of the wiring to make sure is secure along the armrest and frame are safely out of the way. We drive the chair at all speeds available and test the turning, stopping, and reversing. Our team will look and listen for anything that could be loose. We listen and feel for any issues with the driving mechanisms. 

If your EasyGo power chair fails any part of our inspection, we put that chair aside. Then, we pull a fresh chair from our inventory to inspect and prepare for shipment. 

If your EasyGo power chair passes this inspection, we place it back in its box. Along with the owner’s manual, folding/unfolding instructions, any print outs, fliers, or marketing material and any accessories* ordered. We seal it with heavy duty packing tape and heavy-duty straps, attach a few “Fragile” labels and your packing slip to the box and it’s ready to go!

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It’s on the Way!

Once your power chair is shipped, you can start tracking your order using the tracking number provided on your copy of your paid invoice.

EasyGo Mobility understands that getting a new power chair is not a cheap investment. We want to make sure you get your money’s worth and the product you purchase is received at the highest level of quality and performance we can provide.

Thank you for Choosing EasyGo Mobility. 

Accessories such as the EasyLoad Vehicle Wheels are installed during inspection. The Rear Joystick Holder is partially installed during inspection. The bar that holds the joystick is removed so the EasyGo can fit in the box and ship without the risk of any damages. As a result, it needs to be attached upon receipt of your EasyGo. If you order a Standard EasyGo with the Travel Case, your chair will be stored in the Travel Case and the case will be boxed and shipped to you. If you order a Spare Battery and/or Scratch Resistant Pad with your EasyGo, it will be placed in the same box with your EasyGo.

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