If you no longer need your electric wheelchair, you can either sell or donate it.
Donating it is easy. There are plenty of disability centres and organizations that accept such donations either offline or online (you ship it to them or they pick it up).
Selling is easy too. There are various places, both online and offline, where you can sell the wheelchair for a decent amount of money.
Here are the best ones.
Amazon provides an easy and convenient way to list your used items for sale. They can even handle shipping for you via their FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) service.
This is where you send the item to their warehouse and they’ll ship it immediately it finds a buyer. But it may cost you more than simply shipping the wheelchair yourself.
When listing the wheelchair on Amazon, make sure you note and describe its condition; e.g. like new, lightly used, a bit worn out and so on. Note the exact areas where it is damaged or worn out.
This will give buyers an idea of what they’ll need to replace or repair.
Facebook is no longer just a social media platform. Now you can sell and buy just about anything on the social network.
List your wheelchair on Facebook Marketplace for free and it will be shown to potential buyers nearby.
If you don’t want to use Facebook Marketplace, you can also list your wheelchair on a local buy and sell page or group.
In both these cases, you’ll have to arrange payment details with the buyer outside of Facebook.
For the best chances of finding a buyer, make sure you post clear pictures of the wheelchair along with a detailed description. Don’t forget to specify the price.
3. Gumtree, Craigslist and other online classifieds websites
Online classifieds and advertisement websites provide an easy (and usually free) way to post an ad for your wheelchair.
Some of the most popular classifieds sites include Gumtree, Craigslist, Freeads.co.uk, preloved.co.uk and Adoos.co.uk.
Each one works a bit differently so make sure you read the help pages before you list your ad. Most don’t charge anything for ad listings and allow you to target your ad to your local area.
Remember to take good photos, add a detailed description (including condition of wheelchair) and post your price.
As with Facebook Marketplace, it’s up to you to arrange payment and shipping details once you find a buyer.
eBay is more like Amazon than Gumtree and Craigslist.
Once you list your item, you just have to wait for bids to come in. When you find a good buyer, payment and shipping can be done within the website.
Payment is usually via PayPal. As for postage, you can ship the wheelchair via a carrier or have the buyer collect it from your location.
Similar to Amazon, eBay takes a portion of the sale price after you make a successful sale.
5. Disability Equipment Service
Disability Equipment Service is a website that focuses specifically on selling and buying new and used disability equipment.
You are more likely to find a buyer quickly here than if you used other general sell & buy websites like Gumtree and eBay.
It’s free to list items for sale and you don’t even have to register. They also allow guests to list multiple items, which is handy if you have something else you want to sell in addition to the wheel chair.
You can also opt to donate the wheelchair. In that case, Disability Equipment Service will sell the wheelchair and donate 25% of proceeds to charity. The rest of the money goes towards maintaining their free website.
6. Local disability centre
You don’t have to go online to sell your electric wheelchair. If you have a local disability centre, they most likely sell new and used equipment. Ask them whether they also buy used ones.
Some do buy used disability equipment as long as they are in a usable condition while others may only accept donations.
7. Pawn shops and consignment shops
You may be surprised to get a better deal at a pawn shop than online. Try several pawn shops in your area until you find the one with the best price.
Alternatively, check if there is a consignment shop near you. This is a type of shop that sells something on your behalf.
You’ll get paid only when the item sells and the shop will take between 40% and 60% of the sale price. It’s not a very good deal but it’s an easy way to get the power wheelchair off your hands.