Buying a mobility device is a decision that typically involves a lot of factors being taken into consideration, with price often being a main one. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of all the tips and tricks you can pack up your sleeve when shopping for a mobility device to help you get the best deal on your mobility device. Read until the end for a downloadable comparison sheet, which will come in handy during your research! So, without further ado, let’s dive in.
Tips for getting the best deals
- Sign up for promotion or special offer emails
Many mobility device retailers send out exclusive offers through e-mail, so this is a great way to stay up to date on their latest offers, as well as product updates. If you use a Gmail account remember to check the promotions section in your inbox - sometimes the best shopping deals get hidden in there! You can sign up for Scootaround’s exclusive offers here.
- Look beyond the typical big holiday sales
Black Friday or Boxing Day Sales can be irresistible, but did you know that the prices of your favorite mobility devices drop to all-time-low multiple times a year? Yes, it’s true and here’s the hack: Keep an eye on all the “special” days such as Father’s Day Valentine’s Day, etc. as there are usually extra special offers running around those dates. By signing up for promotion emails, you can ensure you don’t miss out on any of the awesome promotions or you can drop us a message on social media – we're always happy to share the latest offers with you!
- Catch the last-minute deals
Some customers like to immerse themselves in extensive research before deciding on what and where to buy. If this is you, make sure you check with your Sales Associate for any offers that may be running on the day of purchase. These last-minute offers can be too good to be missed sometimes. Shop smart and send us an email or call 1-844-664-7467 to confirm the best deals available on the day of purchase.
- Save on shipping cost
Have you ever heard the expression, ‘Penny wise, but pound foolish’? Well, watch out when comparing prices while shopping. Is the shipping free or are you comparing the price without including the shipping fee? Depending on where you live, the shipping cost for a mobility device can add a couple of hundred dollars to your purchase cost. Make sure you take into consideration when finalizing your decision. Scootaround offers free shipping on all purchases over $50 to most of Canada and the U.S.
- Freebies are the best!
The purchase of a mobility device may sometimes come with additional perks such as a free gift with purchase. A cup holder or a free rental, perhaps? When purchased separately, these freebies could cost a couple of hundred dollars. There may not always be an offer running for additional perks, but it never hurts to ask!
- Equipment exchange offers
When you switch to a new mobility device, your old mobility device may just stay at one corner of your house hoarding space. Why ntot exchange it! With the Scootaround Equipment Exchange Program, you can earn a credit of up to $225 that can be used towards the purchase of a new mobility device.
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Other factors to consider for getting the best deal:
You may want to make sure that you understand all hidden charges and possible future expenses. Making the right purchase decision goes far beyond just getting the right price at the time of purchase. Keep the following tips in mind - you’ll thank us later!
Insurance often covers a portion of your purchase. It could be as low as 30% sometimes. Check-in with your insurance provider to make sure you understand the coverage you have. You can read more about what medicare may cover on our blog, or if you're Canadian, what insurance reimbursement options you have available. Make sure you add this to your research topics to avoid any surprises at the time of checkout.
Most mobility-device sellers provide a financing option through a third-party. As a rule of thumb, the longer your payment cycle, the higher interest you will end up paying over-time. Knowing the actual cost of financing will help you make the transaction with confidence. Scootaround offers easy and affordable financing through Bread where you get competitive rates and zero penalties for pre-payment. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions here.
- Restocking fees
Another important factor that you must consider when making a purchase are the restocking fees. Whether you make a purchase in-store or online, you may want to consider the possibility of a return, if needed. What if you do not like the product? What if your mobility device is not as comfortable as you expected it to be? Make sure to ask what the restocking fee policy is when looking to purchase your device. For all Scootaround Rental Certified products, there is no restocking fee and a 30-day hassle-free return option.
- After-sale service
An important factor that can often get overlooked is the after-sale service once you have the product with you. A simple test for this would be if you send a message to their social media pages. For instance, if you send a message to the Facebook account of the company that you’re planning to purchase from, would they be able to answer your question and offer support? Or would your message go unseen for days? Simple things like this offer an insight into the customer service standards of an organization.
Choosing your mobility partner is an important part of the purchase decision – make sure to choose one that you trust and that you know can provide the post-care support you deserve. Take all the time you need before you decide.
As promised, here’s your ready-to-download comparison sheet. Print it out or use it on your smart phone when comparing the different options.