Used Stairlifts

Used stair lifts

This page was last updated on 1 July 2022

 

Used Stairlifts In 2022

A way of saving money

Stairlifts are becoming an ever more popular form of mobility equipment for the elderly and those with limited mobility. If you are looking to buy a stairlift for you or a family member, you may have noticed that they can rack up quite the cost when bought brand new from a retailer.

If you are concerned about the price of a new stairlift, used stairlifts could be just the thing to look into. They are often available for a fraction of the cost and, if well looked after by their previous owner, often in very good condition.

They’re also available in a wider range of options and designs because they permit you to buy out-of-date models that aren’t available anymore.

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Reconditioned stairlifts vs used stairlifts

The terms ‘re conditioned stairlifts’ and ‘used stairlifts’ are often used interchangeably, but if you see the term ‘fully reconditioned’, you can rest assured that the equipment has been restored to a very high quality. They are often covered by a labour warranty, making them a more reliable choice than standard second hand stairlifts.

The lifespan of reconditioned stairlifts

Reconditioned stairlifts often come with a guarantee, which can last up to ten years. Reconditioned stairlifts often have the same lifespan as new ones, and they are tested rigorously to ensure this.

Different ways of buying second hand stairlifts

New stairlifts, as implied by the name, are stairlifts which are bought brand new from the supplier and have never been used by anyone before.

Second hand stairlifts (or used stairlifts), on the other hand, have been used by at least one person before and are sold second hand.

There are two main categories to consider when looking at second hand stairlifts. Some are sold by private sellers on online market places such as eBay or even just through word of mouth between friends and family members.

Others are sold by certified stairlift companies, often the very same ones which sold the new stairlift.

In these cases, the lifts are often refurbished to a very high standard and refurbished stairlifts are sold with a labour warranty attached. These are most commonly known as reconditioned stairlifts.

Types of second hand stairlifts

Due to the nature of second hand buying and selling, you may find that your range of options is slightly limited when it comes to choosing a used stairlift.

Straight stairlifts for a straight staircase are the most common and simplest to purchase second hand, as they are more popular and easier to install in your own house.

Stairlifts for curved staircases may be more difficult to install since the lift must match the curvature of the specific staircase. It’s even more unlikely that you will find a suitable spiral staircase due to the fact that they have to be made bespoke.

You may be able to find some outdoor models, especially if they are for straight staircases. Since they are exposed to the sun and weather, these kinds of lifts may experience a little more wear and tear than others.

However, sometimes buying second hand can actually open up a range of greater possibilities since you can have access to models which are discontinued and no longer sold by the supplier.

Benefits of buying second hand stairlifts

There are many benefits to buying a used stairlift over a brand new one.

  • They are considerably cheaper than new stairlifts.
  • They are sometimes available in older, discontinued styles.
  • They are often only needed temporarily so are often in very good condition.
  • If you buy from a reputable company, they should include a labour warranty and make installation as easy as possible for you.
  • It is an environmentally friendly way of dealing with old unwanted stairlifts as it reduces landfill.
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Disadvantages of buying used stairlifts

There are also some disadvantages, particularly if you opt to buy from a private seller rather than an official vendor.

  • You may not be able to find one suitable to the layout of your home.
  • When buying from a private seller, you may be unsure of the quality and may not be able to obtain a warranty.
  • It is more difficult to find more niche kinds of stairlift, such as compact or curved stairlifts.
  • They can sometimes still be expensive.

"Stairlifts are becoming an ever more popular form of mobility equipment for the elderly and those with limited mobility."

What is the cost of a used stairlift?

The average price of a used stairlift, like any other device, is determined by the model and state of the second hand stairlift. However, stairlifts cost anywhere from one to two thousand pounds, depending on your needs and the specific machine installed.

Be aware that curved reconditioned stair lifts will set you back more than straight stairlifts. 

Second hand stairlifts are often subjected to very exacting standards, so purchasing second-hand stair lifts for sale may be a very cost-effective method of improving the quality of your home mobility.

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Tips for buying a used stairlift

You can purchase both straight and curved stairlifts from a stranger, friend, or family member, or you may go for a fully reconditioned one from a reputable company.

Whatever way you choose to buy a used stairlift, it is useful to consider a range of eventualities to avoid disappointment.

Firstly, make sure that you have done sufficient research on your own home. Measure your staircase to make sure that the stair lift you are buying will be compatible.

Check that you have the correct electrical requirements set up in your home, such as a plug socket near to your staircase. You might also wish to consider whether you live in an area of frequent power outages and, if so, consider buying a battery-operated model.

Before you commit to buying the lift, inspect it thoroughly for any signs of damage. Request a warranty or assurance from the seller.

What to do with an old stairlift

At some point, you might find that you have a stairlift in your home that you want to get rid of, whether because you no longer need it or because you want to free up more space in your home or because you want to upgrade to a newer model.

Stairlifts are expensive and often only needed for a short period of time, so it is understandable that you might want to make some money back!

In this case, you have a number of options:

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Stairlift Removal

A qualified stairlift contractor will be able to help you remove and dispose of your old lift. They will recycle the necessary parts as well as helping you remove the stairlift from your home in a safe manner.

Trade it in for a new one

There are stairlift dealers that have trade-in programs in which you may exchange your old stairlift for a new one. This can be a good way to get a new stairlift at a lower cost.

The stairlift supplier should then remove the equipment in a safe and ecologically responsible manner and provide you with a fair quote for the job.

Sell it back to the vendor

If your stairlift has been maintained to a high level of quality and is in perfect working order, the business that sold it to you may be willing to buy it back from you for cash in some instances.

They may pay you a home visit to inspect the quality of your lift and make you an offer.

Do not expect too much money from your old stairlift, as the process of removal and reconditioning is extensive, and the company will probably only offer you a fraction of what you paid for the lift.

 

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Move the lift to a new home

If you relocate to a new location, you could discover that you want to bring your stairlift with you. Some businesses provide a service in which they will assist you in moving your stairlift for a fee.

If you have a curved stairlift, this may be more difficult to arrange.

In this case, you may find it easier to sell your old stairlift and buy a new model that better fits the layout of your house.

How to sell a used stairlift

The price of a second-hand stairlift is determined by the quality of the lift and the model’s popularity.

Keep in mind that if you sell the lift back to the stairlift vendor, it will be simple, but you may expect to receive a tiny percentage of your investment back.

If you decide that you want to sell your old lifts and you intend to do so as a private seller, there are a range of things that will help you get a good offer.

  • Make sure that you remove all of your possessions and clean it to a high standard.
  • Then take pictures from a range of angles so that the buyer is confident about the condition of the lift.
  • Upload it to a range of online market places and see who is interested!

If your stairlift has been properly maintained and is in good working order, you should have no trouble finding a range of buyers. This is especially true if you’re selling a quality straight stairlift since they are more sought after.

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Safety concerns with second hand stairlifts

People often worry when buying a straight or curved stairlift second hand that it will be less safe than buying brand new stairlifts from the manufacturer.

This risk is greatly diminished if you opt for a reconditioned stairlift, as it will have been rigorously tested for faults before being sold. The price should also include the cost of any maintenance and repairs.

If you are buying from a private seller, then make sure to check for any damage before buying. See if you can get the seller to present you with a warranty or guarantee to avoid disappointment.

Important safety features

To be absolutely sure that you are buying a safe piece of equipment, there are a range of extra safety features in your 2nd hand stair lifts, some of which you can find covered below. 

Swivel seat

A swivel seat will help you get on and off the lift safely by swivelling the seat around to face the landing at the top and bottom of the stairs.

Automatic sensors

Automatic sensors are a great feature to look out for if you live with pets or other people who leave things lying around on the stairs. This will ensure the lift stops automatically if it encounters any blockages.

Emergency Stop

An emergency stop button is essential for making you feel completely in control of your own mobility.

Safety Belt

A safety belt is a must. Some new models offer a feature that prevents the lift from moving off until the safety belt is engaged.

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Second hand stairlift installation

It is not advised to install a stairlift on your own as you may cause damage to your home and to the equipment. When it comes to stairlift installation, it is always recommended to hire a trained engineer to properly install the lift and make sure it is in perfect working order before you use it.

Buying from a reputable reconditioned stairlift vendor will make the installation process considerably easier.

Just as when you buy a new stair lift, a member of the stairlift team should be present at a home visit to help you install the lift. They should provide you with all the full details regarding the lift, including any maintenance or service that is required to keep you safe.

Extra features to consider

When looking at second hand models, it is good to get an idea of what else is out there on the market. Below are a number of features available at the moment on new features which you should look out for when purchasing second hand to ensure you are getting a good deal.

Remote control

You may want to consider a lift with a remote control so that you can call the elevator to any floor.

Fold up seat and footrest

A folding seat and footrest may be a very useful feature. This allows for extra space on narrow stairs and saves you the trouble of bending down to fold up the lift yourself.

Storage baskets

These can be very useful if you frequently find yourself transporting luggage and shopping up the stairs.

Track extensions

You may use lift extensions to make it easier for the mobility equipment to fit your house.

Used stairlift conclusions

Second hand stairlifts sometimes get a bad reputation, but they are often cheaper, and if you get a fully reconditioned model, it will be a better investment than buying a brand new one.

If you only need a stairlift for a short period of time, consider stairlift rental as some companies offer straight and curved stairlifts for rental instead of purchase.

If you have a second hand stairlift that you want to sell, make sure that you are honest about the condition of the lift to ensure you are selling a quality product.

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More useful information on stairlifts

A Guide To Stairlifts

This article explains all you need to know about buying or renting a stairlift in the UK alongside information on where to find one.

Curved Stairlifts

Not all stairs are straight, so you may need a curved stairlift to go around a landing,  This article explains how you get a curved stairlift.

Stairlift Rental

Renting a stairlift is a popular alternative to purchasing a new stair lift.  This article explains how the rental process works.

Second Hand Stairlifts

Buying a second hand stairlift is much cheaper than buying a new one, especially if you nay not need it for long.  

Reconditioned Stairlifts

A reconditioned stairlift allows you to get an almost new stairlift for a much lower price than a new one.  This article explains how.

Stairlifts For Narrow Stairs

Thos will narrow stairs will need a specialist chair.  However, there are lifts that could work.  Our article explains what you need to know.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of a used stairlift?

The average price of a used stairlift, like any other device, is determined by the model and state of the second hand stairlift. However, stairlifts cost anywhere from one to two thousand pounds, depending on your needs and the specific machine installed.

Tips for buying a used stairlift

You can purchase both straight and curved stairlifts from a stranger, friend, or family member, or you may go for a fully reconditioned one from a reputable company.

Firstly, make sure that you have done sufficient research on your own home. Measure your staircase to make sure that the stair lift you are buying will be compatible.

What to do with an old stairlift

At some point, you might find that you have a stairlift in your home that you want to get rid of, whether because you no longer need it or because you want to free up more space in your home or because you want to upgrade to a newer model.

How to sell a used stairlift

  • Make sure that you remove all of your possessions and clean it to a high standard.

  • Then take pictures from a range of angles so that the buyer is confident about the condition of the lift.

  • Upload it to a range of online market places and see who is interested!

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