February 18, 2020 - Equipment and Tools
Maybe you’ve upgraded your mobility device, or you’ve fallen on hard times and want a quick payday because you can get by with a manual wheelchair.
Whatever the reason, you want to know if you can pawn a motorized wheelchair.
In this article, we’ll break down whether you can pawn your wheelchair and how to do so.
There are several reasons someone might choose to sell their used wheelchair at a pawn shop. The first reason is that you will get a payout immediately. If you sell your used wheelchair online or on consignment, you’ll have to wait for someone to buy it before you see any cash.
At a pawn shop, you get the cash upfront. You can then buy it back out “of hock” when you’ve got the money to do so.
So should you sell your wheelchair or pawn it? What are your options?
First, you should be aware that not all pawn shops take motorized wheelchairs. It depends on who runs the pawn shop and their customer base. Most pawn shops deal with things like jewelry, electronic goods, designer items, and antiques.
You’ll need to call around or go into your local pawn shop to see who takes the items and who doesn’t.
If your local pawn shop does decide they will give you a loan for your motorized wheelchair, it should be in good condition. This means that it is usable for someone who needs the wheelchair to get around.
You should ensure that the wheelchair is fully charged. This is so that if you do sell it permanently, the next person to buy it will be able to ride around in it. They will also be able to test it in the pawn shop before they buy it.
The motor should be in good working condition. It shouldn’t be in poor shape or need repairs.
The wheelchair should also be clean. This means it should be free of marks and odors. General wear and tear from daily use is okay, but you don’t want to wheel over a fresh dog poop and leave it there before you try to sell it.
Clean it up as much as possible and then take it into the pawn shop.
If you can’t find any pawn shop to take your wheelchair, you can consider selling it online or to a local consignment shop. There are also companies that pay a small percentage of the wheelchair’s original cost if it is in good condition.
If you don’t need the money and you just want the wheelchair gone, you could consider donating to someone in need.
Taking your used wheelchair to a pawn shop is the best bet for ensuring you get money immediately. Putting up your used motorized wheelchair for sale should be something you consider if you can wait for the money or you don’t need the item gone immediately.
David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.More Articles