Wheelchair ramps aren’t cheap and in today’s economy, everyone is looking for ways to shave expenses. Those in need of a ramp are often facing an even more problematic situation due to a series of new expenses related to the use of a wheelchair. The fact that Medicare Part B fails to cover ramp costs exacerbates the situation for many.
It’s no wonder that so many people are interested in finding used wheelchair ramps as a way of holding down expenses.
Obviously, no one wants to compromise quality for the sake of saving a few dollars. Disability ramps are a necessity, not a luxury, and the health and safety risks associated with damaged ramps makes it important to purchase only structurally solid and sturdy used items.
But where can you find them? Are there any good sources for used wheelchair ramps? Here are some options to consider.
There are retailers who specialize in selling used disability ramps and mobility aids. This is probably the safest and most convenient way to secure a used ramp, as these vendors make a serious effort to deal only in quality goods. Many of these gently used and/or refurbished ramps are “as good as new,” yet their available at a much lower price tag.
While these are a solid option for those in need of a used ramp, they can still be relatively expensive. After all, you’re paying for the inspection, repair and refurbishment of the items and the guarantees that often come with them.
It’s possible to find good used ramps from individuals who no longer need them or who have transitioned to a new ramp. These are often tremendous values, as the sellers are not in “the business” of selling ramps for profits and may be more “in tune” with those looking for a bargain solution.
You can check your local classified advertisements and bulletin boards for individuals selling used ramps, but more and more the action is moving online. Sites like eBay and Craigslist are great ways to find individuals who are trying to sell used ramps.
Thrift and Second-Hand Stores
Finding a used wheelchair ramp in a thrift store is a “hit or miss” proposition, but many people have found exactly what they needed in the aisles of a Salvation Army or Goodwill store.
It’s certainly worth making a few phone calls to see if your local thrift and second-hand stores have a ramp in stock. If you get lucky, you may be able to secure a wonderful ramp at a fraction of the list price.
Free Used Wheelchair Ramp Sources
In some cases, it’s possible to get a great used ramp without spending a dime. That’s right; there are free wheelchair ramps out there–if you’re lucky enough to find them.
One obvious place to inquire is with local charitable organizations and support agencies that may have a used ramp available for use. If that search doesn’t yield results, you should again turn your attention to the Internet.
Sites like FreeCycle.org act as a means for people to give away unwanted items to those who may be able to use them. While wheelchair ramps don’t pop up as often in FreeCycle listings as do entertainment centers and used sofas, they do make appearances.
In many cases, a homebuyer may purchase a property with a very nice wheelchair ramp that they don’t need. They may be willing to give the ramp away in exchange for its removal. This can be a great way to get even a nice outdoor ramp while saving thousands of dollars.
Those in need of disability ramps at affordable prices may feel as though the cards are stacked against them. Medicare isn’t helping. Most private insurance offers little, if anything, for those who need ramps. It’s an out of pocket expense that simply outstrips the available resources of many people. Luckily, there is an opportunity for some relief by finding used wheelchair ramps at very manageable prices.